A ruthless showcase of ball-striking from England’s limited over specialist opener, Alex Hales powered the Notts Outlaws to a thumping victory over Durham Jets in the NatWest T20 Blast on Saturday. The 28-year-old, who missed his second T20 century in 4 games, clubbed 9 fours and 9 sixes in a breathtaking inning of 95, facing just 30 deliveries.
Hales could possibly have equaled or beaten Chris Gayle’s record for the fastest individual T20 century of all-time since he was 94 off 28 and 95 off 29 but his effort to match the record found the wicket-keeper’s gloves off the 30th ball he faced.
“I knew there was a chance to go for the quickest T20 century of all-time and you don’t get those opportunities very often,” Hales said. “I love batting at Trent Bridge, for me, it is utter paradise, the wickets are great and there are some short boundaries, so I knew there was a chance of doing it.”
Some statistical highlights from Notts’ innings:
- 19 Balls faced by Alex Hales to record his half century, the 2nd instance this season he has clinched a 50 in 19 balls or less. He achieved his fifty in 18 balls against Yorkshire.
- 106 Runs smashed by Nottinghamshire Outlaws in the Powerplay against Durham Jets – highest Powerplay score in T20s. They surpassed the record made by Kolkata Knight Riders who scored 105 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore previously in the Indian Premier League 2017.
- Hales together with Wessels brought up the team 50 in 3.2 overs only.