All the action from Tuesday night Big Bash: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades

Pommy demolition expert Alex Hales has blasted the fastest half-century in Sydney Thunder history.

The English marauder put the Melbourne Stars to the sword, blasting an incredible 21-ball half century that eclipsed the Thunder mark set by Daniel Sams (23 balls) only this month.

When he departed with the score at 89 in the eighth over, he had 71 of the Thunder’s runs from just 29 balls — opening partner Usman Khawaja labouring at the other end with 15 off 15 balls.

The eight fours and five sixes gave Hales a strike rate of better than 244.

Hales faced two balls from part-timer Nic Maddinson — one that soared over the Bob Hawke Stand and out of Manuka Oval — “That’s gone 150m, that’s massive,” Seven commentator Brad Hodge said — the next going straight up in the air and sending him on his way after what was one of the most destructive batting performances in Big Bash history.

Seeyalater: Hales goes large in his incredible knock. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Stars leggie Adam Zampa copped particular treatment from Hales, going for 26 off two overs.

“Absolutely sensational, so strong, he’s a big guy, so imposing at the crease and he hits so well down the ground — he targeted Adam Zampa, the Stars’ best bowler … just destroyed him,” Fox Cricket’s Mike Hussey said.

It’s been an interesting start to the BBL10 season for the second-leading runscorer in BBL09 (576 runs at 146 strike rate). He kicked off with a less explosive 46 off 41 against the Stars, before back-to-back golden ducks and then 35 off 21 in his last outing, before today’s fireworks.

At Metricon Stadium, a form-busting 67 off 48 balls from opener Shaun Marsh in a first-wicket stand of 75 with captain Aaron Finch (39 off 32) helped the Melbourne Renegades post 6/168 against Sydney Sixers.

Originally published asHales damage: Pom annihilates Stars in record knock

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