Last month, explosive English opener Alex Hales said he is ready to return to the national cricket team and hopes to have a conversation about his future in the international arena. There was no news about it, but Hales gave English selectors a timely reminder of his abilities with an unbeaten century in the continuous T20 blast 2021.
While playing for Nottinghamshire, the right-handed batsman carried his bat with an unbeaten 101 from 66 deliveries Lancashire Saturday at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The 32-year-old smashed 12 fours and 4 sixes during his phenomenal batting performance.
The devastating beat by Hales helped Nottinghamshire put 173/6 in their 20 overs. The next best comes from skipper Steven Mullaney‘s willow, who scored a 16-ball 25 as the rest of the batsmen struggled to stay longer in the middle.
For Lancashire, Saqib Mahmood was the choice of the bowlers. He bagged a couple of headers for 35 runs in his quota of 4 overs.
Vitality Blast’s official Twitter tutorial shared the highlights of Hales’ spectacular batting master class.
Here is the video:
– Vitality Blast (@VitalityBlast) 27 June 2021
Nottinghamshire rises to second place in North Group
When it comes to the chase, Lancashire has regularly lost wickets, but half a century stands for the seventh wicket between Steven Croft (41) and Luke Wood (33 nr) took the game down to the wire.
However, when the Dane Vilas leader needed 20 off 9 balls, a wealthy Steven Croft was sent back through the hut by Jake Ballwhich ended the hope of Lancashire as they eventually fell short by seven runs.
The thrilling victory took Nottinghamshire to second place on the points ladder in the Northern Group. It was their fifth win out of a total of nine games. The leader of the table is Yorkshire, with six wins from nine games.
Short counts: Nottinghamshire 173/6 in 20 overs (Alex Hales 101 *; Saqib Mahmood 2/35) Lancashire beaten 166/7 in 20 overs (Steven Croft 41, Alex Davies 39; Matthew Carter 3/17) with seven runs.