Hampshire skipper Vince on receiving end of stunning T20 century from England outcast

James Vince’s Sydney Sixers have been knocked off top spot in the 2020/21 Australian Big Bash League group table.

Sunday, 24th January 2021, 1:21 pm
James Vince batting for the Sydney Sixers during the current BBL campaign. Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images.

They suffered two defeats in three days, going down to Sydney Thunder in a record-breaking fixture before losing to Hobart Hurricanes earlier today.

Hobart openers Matthew Wade (86) and D’Arcy Short (72) put on 145 in 14.3 overs as Hurricanes posted 188-8.

In reply, Vince - opening the batting with Josh Philippe - was out for just five.

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Jordan Silk belted 78 but the Sixers fell short on 181-8.

Vince and co - aiming to win the BBL for the second year running - are now half a point adrift of Perth Scorchers with one group game remaining.

The Sixers had previously been on the receiving end of a stunning century from Alex Hales on Friday.

Playing for Sydney Thunder, the England outcast blitzed 110 off 56 balls as his side romped to 232-5 at the Adelaide Oval.

It was the second highest team total in BBL history, beaten only by Victoria’s 233-7 in the 2005/06 final before franchises replaced the state teams.

Hales smashed eight sixes and nine fours to storm to the top of the tournament run charts - he now has 472, 29 more than Philippe (Vince has 298 at 24.83).

Thunder’s huge total was boosted by Callum Ferguson (42),Kent’s Sam Billings (33) and Ben Cutting (33).

Vince hit 38 off 23 balls in reply but the Sixers ended on 186-5.

Perth Scorchers took over top spot after an 11-run victory over Melbourne Stars.

England World Cup winner Jason Roy (54) and Colin Munro (46no) top scored in their latest win.

Munro - who played for Hampshire in the T20 Blast in 2018 - is now the competition’s fourth highest runscorer with 404 after his fourth half-century in 12 innings.

The top five (out of eight) teams progress to the play-offs, with only rock bottom Melbourne Renegades currently out of contention.