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Wed Apr 23 16:41:44 SAST 2014

Hales falls one short of first England T20 century

Reuters | 25 June, 2012 07:560 Comments
England v West Indies: Natwest International T20
Alex Hales (R) of England reacts after being bowled by Ravi Rampaul of the West Indies for 99 runs during the International T20 between England and the West Indies at Trent Bridge on June 24, 2012 in Nottingham, England
Image by: Gareth Copley / Getty Images

Alex Hales fell one short of becoming the first England player to score a century in a Twenty20 international on Sunday as England beat West Indies by seven wickets on his home ground of Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

Hales hit four sixes and six boundaries from 68 balls in England’s total of 173 for three from 19,4 overs.

England had the better of the opening exchanges after West Indies had won the toss and elected to bat, dismissing the dangerous Chris Gayle for two and Lendl Simmons shortly afterwards for six.

However, the tourists boast some big hitters down the order and rallied during the latter stages of the innings, with opener Dwayne Smith (70), Dawyne Bravo (54 not out) and Kieron Pollard (23 not out) displaying an impressive repertoire of shots.

Set 173 to win, England lost Craig Kieswetter early on for three making way for Ravi Bopara, who set about establishing a partnership with Hales.

Some timely boundaries from Bopara and a steady, assured knock from Hales kept England on course, with both batsmen turning up the run rate.

With just seven balls remaining, Hales was clean bowled by Rampaul on 99. Bopara then scooped a ball straight to Fidel Edwards for an easy catch at long-off and was out for 59.

With two runs needed off three balls, it was left to Eoin Morgan to hit the winning runs, helped by a Bravo misfield.

It was a suitably scrappy ending to the West Indies’ tour, in which the visitors failed to post a victory in either the test or one-day series.

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