Cult hero who scored the BBL’s all-time fastest hilariously jokes he ‘would have scored 200 these days’ – he said he was so overcooked during his innings he ‘vomited his chicken sandwich’
- Record-breaking Craig Simmons joked that he would have scored 200 these days
- Simmons says he “vomited his chicken sandwich” during his famous innings
- The cult hero hit the fastest century in BBL history, needing just 39 balls
Former professional cricketer Craig Simmons, who smashed the fastest century in Big Bash League history, joked that he had scored 200 these days and that during his heroic innings he was ‘vomiting his chicken sandwich’.
Selected from class cricket at the age of 31, the West Aussie opener earned his century for the Perth Scorchers in the 2013/14 BBL season against the Adelaide Strikers.
Craig Simmons (pictured), who beat the fastest century in Big Bash League history, joked that he had scored 200 these days and that during his heroic innings he was “vomiting his chicken sandwich”
Selected from class cricket at the age of 31, the West Aussie opener (pictured celebrating with Adam Voges) earned his century for the Perth Scorchers in the 2013/14 BBL season against the Adelaide Strikers
The southpaw needed only 39 balls to collect the barrel at the WACA on Thursday night and help his team to a thrilling five-run win.
‘Simmo’ has long retired from the sport professionally, but his record still stands and he is reminded whenever a player seems to be bettering it.
Marcus Stoinis looked like he could almost topple the target on New Year’s Eve with a stunning 74 runs off 34 balls for the Melbourne Stars against the Adelaide Strikers.
Simmons took to Twitter Saturday night to voice his thoughts on the matter.
‘Simmo’ has long retired from the sport professionally, but his record still stands and he’s reminded when a player seems to beat it
Gee, the messages pour in every time someone comes close to beating the fastest 100, on reflection if I had a 10 over booze break like the guys do these days I would have scored 200. Every time I had to run for Sam Whiteys Shanks there was boiled and regurgitated chicken,” Simmons tweeted.
It’s not the first time Simmons has referenced the meal he had before his mythical knock — in January 2020, he delved a little deeper into the order.
“I have no doubt that someone will eventually break the fastest 100 record, but I don’t think anyone will work in the morning before playing and then grab a chicken treat on the way to the floor,” he said on Twitter.
While Simmo is best remembered for his reckless innings against the Adelaide Strikers, he always cherished his stunning 112 against the Sydney Sixers that same season.
When someone asked for details about the meal, he replied, “Chicken sandwich, large fries, and a 600ml Coke.” Almost everything was covered in one of my rare singles.’
While Simmo is best remembered for his reckless innings against the Adelaide Strikers, he always more cherished his stunning 112 against the Sydney Sixers that same season.
The Sixers had a world-class offense that included Brett Lee, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood – and Simmons hit 11 sixers as they steered his side to victory and the Finals.
Simmons says he cherished his century against the Sixers later that summer more than his heroic strike against the Strikers
“Yes, I still cherish that one,” Simmons said ESPN. “The first one was literally just an all-out attack with not really much pressure. It’s just a pool game, go out and try your luck.
“The semi-finals, I remember, it was really hard work early on. The ball was swinging a bit and the wicket was a bit sticky, and I think I had maybe six balls out of 16 – so I definitely took my time.
‘As a player you want to perform at the big moments. Semi-final, away ground, to get the Scorchers into a final and win was pretty big.”