Alex Hales marked his first century in BBL history.
Hales scored 110 on 56 balls against the Sydney Sixers.
Just a day later Alex carey brought the first century of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21, Sydney Thunder opener Alex Hales delivered one of the largest hundreds in BBL history on Friday.
By playing against Sydney sixers at Adelaide Oval, Hales played a jaw-dropping shot and completely demolished the Sixers’ bowling offense. The English cricketer took just 51 balls to reach his very first century in competition and his fourth in T20 cricket.
Hales’ whirlwind shot with nine fours and eight sixes propelled the Thunder to a Big Bash record of 232/5 in their allocated 20 overs. Before going out Jordan silk in the depths, Hales slammed 110 out of 56 deliveries.
– cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 22, 2021
On-air commentator Mark Waugh praised the England opener and said his sleeves lit up the whole pitch.
“What a round. Alex Hales lit the pitch tonight with brilliant stroke play. He hit everything from the middle – a big ball hitting the middle in particular. Once he realizes he knows a piece of equipment, and it’s hard… Hitting the ball great and a pleasure to watch, ” said Waugh on Fox cricket.
Hales’s 110 was the 11th highest score in BBL history. The right-handed batsman scored 84 runs from the limits alone, making it the BBL’s sixth inning where most of the runs came just by four and six.
Most go from four to six in a round:
- 100 – Marcus Stoinis (147)
- 86 – Luke Wright (117)
- 86 – Ben McDermott (114)
- 86 – Matthew Wade (130)
- 84 – Jake Weatherald (115)
- 84 – Alex Hales (110) *
The Thunder 232/5 broke the record for the highest BBL total, surpassing the previous best of 223/8 set by Hobart hurricanes against Melbourne Renegades at Marvel Stadium BBL | 06.
Highest BBL totals:
- 232/5 – Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers (2020) *
- 223/8 – Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades (2017)
- 222/4 – Melbourne Renegades vs. Hobart Hurricanes (2017)
- 219/1 – Melbourne Stars vs. Sydney Sixers (2020)
- 219/7 – Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars (2020)
In response, Sixers could manage to reach 186/5 in 20 overs, losing the contest by 46 points. Moises Henriques with 56 of 35 was their top scorer.