The fastest fifty in club history from Alex Hales has set up Thunder’s highest BBL score in a 75-run win over the Melbourne Stars in Canberra for the final time this season.
Only three days after this Thunder team set a new mark for the club's highest total of 209, they bettered that on Tuesday night reaching 7/219 at Manuka Oval. It was also the equal third highest total in BBL history.
Thunder’s bowling attack bowled out the Stars for 144 in 19.5 overs, reversing the result of their first match in BBL|10.
Hales scored the fastest fifty in Thunder history reaching the mark in 21 balls. He made 71 from just 29 balls.
His innings included five sixes.
Off-spinner Chris Green claimed career best BBL figures of 4-34 from his four overs. Thunder’s fourth straight win moves them back to second on the BBL|10 table behind cross-town rivals the Sydney Sixers.
Hales was strongly supported by his captain Callum Ferguson who scored his third half-century in five matches.
Ferguson scored 51 from 33 balls in the record score. Allrounder Ben Cutting took Thunder past 200 racing to 20 not out from seven balls at the end.
Opener Usman Khawaja also looked good for his 37 off 31.
Joining Green as multiple wicket takers for the Thunder were Tremain and 19-year-old leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha (2-17).
Leading wicket taker in BBL|09, Daniel Sams took 1-27 in the win. Former Thunder spinner, and one of the world’s best, Adam Zampa claimed 3-49 for the Stars.
PERFORMANCE OF THE MATCH
Thunder's star English opener passed 700 BBL runs in lime green on his way to the fastest fifty in club history.
He hit five sixes and eight fours.
Thunder now bid a fond farewell to Canberra for Queensland with their next match on New Year's Day against the Melbourne Renegades at Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium. Live from 7.15pm (AEDT) on Fox Cricket, Kayo and SEN Radio.
Sydney Thunder BBL|10 Fixtures
Fri 1 Jan | Vs Melbourne Renegades | Metricon Stadium | 7:15pm
Mon 4 Jan | Vs Brisbane Heat | The Gabba | 7:15pm
Thurs 7 Jan | Vs Hobart Hurricanes | Optus Stadium | 6:10pm
Sat 9 Jan | Vs Perth Scorchers | Optus Stadium | 7:15pm
Wed 13 Jan | Vs Sydney Sixers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 7:15pm
Mon 18 Jan | Vs Hobart Hurricanes | Sydney Showground Stadium | 7:15pm
Fri 22 Jan | Vs Sydney Sixers | SCG | 7:15pm
Sun 24 Jan | Vs Adelaide Strikers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 4:05pm
Mon 25 Jan | Vs Adelaide Strikers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 7:15pm
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