Hales hits ton as Thunder score BBL record | Ralph Lauren

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Englishman Alex Hales has belted a brutal century to inspire Sydney Thunder to a record BBL total of 232 against the Sydney Sixers.

Hales smacked eight sixes in a stunning 110 from just 56 balls as the Thunder posted 5-232 at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.

The score surpasses the BBL’s previous highest innings – the Hobart Hurricanes’ 8-223 in January 2017.

Hales also smashed nine fours and reached his maiden BBL ton from just 51 balls.

The opener’s assault was supported by brisk knocks from captain Callum Ferguson (42 from 23 balls), Sam Billings (33 from 21) and Ben Cutting (33 from 14).

Hales and first-drop Ferguson combined in a whirlwind 69-run partnership in six-and-a-half overs, savaging Sixers spinners Steve O’Keefe and Lloyd Pope – their initial four overs combined cost 53 runs.

Pope finished with 1-44 from four overs, O’Keefe returned 0-42 from three overs while Ben Dwarshuis was the chief wicket-taker with 3-38.

Pope broke the second-wicket stand when Ferguson was caught in the deep by Jordan Silk, who controlled the ball and before tossing it up to himself while treading the boundary line.

While the Sixers hold top spot with a four-point buffer from the Perth Scorchers, the Thunder are in mid-ladder logjam.

The Thunder are fifth with 23 points – one point behind third (Melbourne Stars) and fourth (Adelaide Strikers) and one point ahead of sixth (Hobart Hurricanes).

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