Sydney Thunder defeated the Sydney Sixers by 46 runs on Friday night highlighted by the first BBL century to English opener Alex Hales in a record Big Bash total.
Player of the Match Hales made the second highest score by a Thunder player in BBL history behind Callum Ferguson’s 113, January 2019.
It was the seventh BBL hundred by a Thunder player.
He also went to the top of the BBL|10 run-scorers list with 462 runs from 12 matches.
The win reversed the result of the season's first Sydney Smash and put Thunder third on the BBL|10 table.
Some late hitting by Ben Cutting (33 from 14) added to valuable contributions by captain Callum Ferguson (42 off 23) and Sam Billings (33 off 21).
Defending a massive total, the Sixers made a fast start but some excellent fielding by Ferguson ran out Josh Philippe (20). Moises Henriques top-scored for the Sixers with 56 from 35 balls.
PERFORMANCE OF THE MATCH
Hales hit eight sixes and nine fours and he went past 1,000 BBL runs in the process. Hales now has 1,038 at an average just under 40.
Thunder now meet the Adelaide Strikers in back-to-back matches at the Adelaide Oval with their first clash on Sunday afternoon starting 4.05pm (AEDT). Live on Fox Cricket, Kayo Sports and SEN radio.
INDIGENOUS PLAYING SHIRT AUCTION
Sydney Thunder is auctioning limited-edition playing shirts to support OzHarvest and help raise valuable funds to provide meals to those in need across the Thunder Nation.
OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to more than 1,300 charities supporting people in need across the country.
OzHarvest delivers nourishing food to more than 1,500 charities across Australia, including over 200 agencies that support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.