France opener Gustav McKeon has rewritten the record books yet again with another stunning century at the Europe T20 World Cup 2024 Sub-Regionals.
Backing up his hundred against Switzerland in Vantaa, McKeon blasted five fours and eight sixes in his 53-ball 101 against Norway on Wednesday, bringing up three figures with a huge six over mid-wicket.
McKeon becomes the first man to score back-to-back centuries in the T20I format, with his run tally of 286 also breaking the record for the most runs scored in the first three innings of a men's T20I career. The opener breaks the record of Azhar Andani, who made scores of 46, 100 and 81 in his first three innings for Portugal last year.
The knock powered the French to a win over the more fancied Norwegian side, meaning the pair join Switzerland on four points at the top of Group 2. The Swiss have a game in hand over their rivals, though face the Norwegians on Thursday eager to avenge their defeat.
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McKeon was almost on a solo mission for the French with the bat, with Lingeswaran Canessane's 15 the next highest score for the side.
The team then successfully defended 158, with McKeon also claiming 3/27 (4) with his right-arm medium-fast to turn the screws. To the shock of nobody at the ground, McKeon was adjudged Player of Match.
The Frenchman wasn't the only player on Wednesday raising the bat for a century, with Swiss opener Faheem Nazir thumping a 68-ball 107* in their victory over Estonia.
Faheem then took up the new ball with Ashwin Vinod, and curtailed a strong Estonia response with three wickets between them in the first two overs.
Stuart Hook and Ali Masood were strong in a re-build, making unbeaten fifties, though the damage had been done and the Swiss ran away as 31-run victors.
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The winner of the third Sub-Regional tournament will join Denmark, Italy, Jersey and Germany in the Europe Qualifier next year, as well as the European sides who fail to secure 2024 qualification through the 2022 tournament: Ireland, the Netherlands and Scotland.
Most runs in first three Men's T20I innings
Gustav McKeon - France - 286 runs 2022
Azhar Andani - Portugal - 227 runs - 2021
Sabawoon Davizi - Czech Republic - 208 runs - 2019-2020
Kushal Bhurtel - Nepal - 185 runs - 2021
Mukhtar Ahmed - Pakistan - 182 runs - 2015
Ivan Selemani - Tanzania - 182 runs - 2021
Back-to-back men's T20I centuries
Gustav McKeon - 109 (61) v Switzerland and 101 (53) v Norway - 2022
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