Ex-Surrey batsman Eddie Ballard made history by racking up the first century of the Dream11 European Cricket Series Alicante for Sporting Alfas of Spain.
Eddie Ballard, 30, a former Surrey and MCC player, was introduced to the Sporting Alfas by their 18-year-old Spanish international Jack Perman, having played club cricket in England together for Bishops Stortford.
Speaking about his experience playing in the Dream11 European Cricket Series Alicante: "It’s a fantastic competition to be involved in. Having not experienced any T10 cricket before, it’s great to get the opportunity to play in this format of the game,” Ballard said.
Ballard went ballistic right from the start, brutalising 55 from the opening three powerplay three overs.
“It was nice to get in and find the boundary immediately. I started well yesterday but couldn’t keep going. So, it was great today to bat for a longer period and post a big score.”
Before departing for a majestic 107, Ballard continued to find the boundary with ease, hitting 13 fours and 7 sixes, reaching a magnificent century from only 31 balls.
Fellow opener Faran Afzal was happy to play second fiddle to the brutal Ballard, but was no slow coach himself with an unbeaten 54 off 23 balls. The hosts Sporting Alfas finished on 186 - naturally the highest score of the Dream11 European Cricket Series Alicante so far against the overpowered Intellectuals.