T20: Hales Scores A Century in Nottinghamshire Victory
Nottinghamshire vs Lancashire
While Alex Hales’ England future remains unknown, he continues to score runs, his most recent contribution being a match-winning century in Nottinghamshire’s nail-biting win over Lancashire. Hales hammered his way through the innings, scoring 101 runs off 66 deliveries to help his team record a total of 173 runs. The next best was skipper Steven Mullaney’s 16-ball 25 as the rest of the batters struggled to make an impact.
Despite losing wickets frequently, Lancashire remained in contention in the chase thanks to their run rate and a half-century partnership for the seventh wicket that saw the game go down to the wire. However, a well-set Steven Croft departed for 41 when Lancashire needed 20 from 9 balls, destroying Lancashire’s aspirations as they went seven runs short.
Alex Hales showing why he is the best. pic.twitter.com/o0WB0oicqI
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Nottinghamshire 173/6 in 20 overs (Alex Hales 101*; Saqib Mahmood 2-35) beat Lancashire 166/7 in 20 overs (Steven Croft 41, Alex Davies 39; Matthew Carter 3-17) by 7 runs.
Warwickshire vs Durham
Durham beat Warwickshire by 34 runs at Edgbaston, with Ben Stokes, who is on a return path, putting in an all-around performance. After being down to9/2, Stokes walked out to bat at number 3 in the second over and produced a counter-attacking 20-ball 35 to bail his side out. In his brief stay, he struck three sixes before departing in the 10th over, while Durham made 164/8 thanks to Cameron Bancroft’s 60.
In response, Warwickshire lost three wickets in the powerplay, and Stokes ripped through the middle order, adding to the agony. With his four-wicket haul, the home team lost all momentum and were eventually bowled out for 130 in the penultimate over of the innings. No other Warwickshire batsman put up a fight in the chase, except for skipper Will Rhodes and, to a lesser extent, Matthew Lamb.
Durham 164/8 in 20 overs (Cameron Bancroft 60, Ben Stokes 35; Carlos Brathwaite 3-32, Will Rhodes 2-11) beat Warwickshire 130 in 18.3 overs (Will Rhodes 45, Matthew Lamb 39; Ben Stokes 4-27) by 34 runs.