Bucks star ready for final hurrah at World Twenty20

Alex Hales

Alex Hales

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BUCKS star Alex Hales will hope to continue his magnificent form when England take on the Netherlands in their final World Twenty20 match this morning.

England can't qualify from the group stages after defeats to South Africa and New Zealand in Bangladesh.

However, Hales, who played for Amersham and Gerrards Cross before turning professional, will hope to finish the tournament on a high.

He made a duck in the first match, but then set the world alight against Sri Lanka on Thursday when he beat his own England Twenty20 record with a devastating match-winning century.

Hales finished unbeaten on 116 from 64 balls, dragging England to victory after they slumped to 0-2 chasing 189-4.

He and Eoin Morgan blasted a 152-run third-wicket partnership to turn the game, but it was Hales who was the star, reaching his ton with a six to beat his own T20 record of 99, which he shared with Luke Wright.

He then won the match with another maximum to finish with 11 fours and six sixes.

He kept that form going against South Africa on Saturday. In a match England needed to win to remain in the tournament, he blasted a quickfire 38 off 22 balls, with six fours and a six, to give his team the perfect start chasing 196-5.

However, England couldn't maintain the pace and lost by three runs.

The match with the Netherlands starts at 10.30.

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