Hales smashes 30-ball 95, misses Gayle record

The right-handed batsman’s innings comprised nine sixes, nine fours as Nottinghamshire Outlaws beat Durham Jets by five wickets

Alex Hales hit nine fours and nine sixes in his knock. Photo: Getty Images

England opener Alex Hales — who is plying his trade for Nottinghamshire Outlaws in the Natwest T20 Blast — struck a magnificent 95 off 30 deliveries to guide his team to a five-wicket win against Durham Jets in Nottingham on Saturday. The right-handed batsman missed equalling Chris Gayle’s fastest century in T20 cricket by a whisker.

The 28-year-old threw his wicket while attempting a six off seamer James Weighwell. He sliced the ball high into the sky, only to land into the gloves of wicketkeeper Stuart Poynter.

“I knew there was a chance to go for the quickest T20 century of all time and you don’t get those opportunities very often,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Hales as saying. “I love batting at Trent Bridge, for me it is utter paradise, the wickets are great and there are some short boundaries, so I knew there was a chance of doing it,” he added.

Hales’ innings comprised nine sixes and nine fours, including 28 runs in one over.

Brief scores: Durham Jets 183 for 7 (M Richardson 53; S Patel 2 for 23) lost to Nottinghamshire Outlaws 184 for 5 (A Hales 95; J Weighwell 2 for 25) by five wickets.