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The former England opener thrashed his fourth T20 century in a match that produced more than 400 runs

Sydney Thunder 5 for 232 (Hales 110, Dwarshuis 3-38) beat Sydney Sixers 5 for 186 (Henriques 56, Sangha 2-34) by 46 runs

You wait for a BBL century and then two come along at once. Well, almost. After Alex’s Carey outstanding innings last night, Alex Hales produced a barnstorming display against the tournament leaders with a 51-ball century, his fourth in T20s, to power Sydney Thunder to the highest total in the competition’s history.

Against a Sixers attack that could not stem the tide at any point, the Thunder formed three consecutive 50-plus partnerships on their way past 200 for the third time this season. At the 10-over mark it looked like something huge was on the cards at 2 for 109 which proved the case – 13 of the 20 overs went for double figures. Hales’ innings took him back to the top of the run-scorers chart the day after England selector Ed Smith indicated there was no quick route back into the team.

The Sixers did not fold as some sides have done in big chases this season, but the pursuit of 233 needed a perfect performance and, after losing 3 for 22, there was a period of consolidation that pushed the asking rate even more stratospheric. However, Moises Henriques marked his first match of the season with a half-century that became ever-more fluent until he became the victim of another very poor umpiring decision.

Hales at his best

Hales had threatened an innings like this during a tournament where he has struck the ball superbly. He actually played out four dots in the first over from Jackson Bird, but wasted no time getting into his stride against Steve O’Keefe as the second over went 18 and then he deposited Bird into the stands as well. His half-century came from 26 deliveries with a slog-swept six off Lloyd Pope in the eighth over which gave him plenty of time to double up. Either side of the 10-over he lost a bit of the strike but did not lose any momentum. The Thunder delayed their Power Surge until the 18th over and Hales then sent four consecutive deliveries from Dan Christian for four, six, four, four to bring up his century. Whether Hales ever gets his England place back has clearly nothing to do with the runs he scores but he remains one of the best T20 batsmen around.

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