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Hales and Lumb in record partnership as England win T20 series

15th February 2013 12:21, in Cricket News

GM players Michael Lumb and Alex Hales led the charge as England clinched a 2-1 Twenty20 International series win over New Zealand in emphatic style, crushing the Black Caps by 10 wickets in the decisive match in Wellington.

Alex Hales

After New Zealand reached 139 for eight, England raced to 143 without loss in just 12.4 overs with both players scoring unbeaten half-centuries.

Lumb was not out on 53 in 34 balls, hitting five sixes, while Hales thumped 80 in 42 balls as the pair made history, 143 being the highest second innings score without losing a wicket in the history of Twenty20 International cricket.

139 never looked like enough and when Lumb and Hales set to their work and it quickly looked woefully inadequate. Shots flew all around the wicket and the pair shared nine sixes in all. Ian Butler had been brilliant in Auckland, where New Zealand levelled the series, but one of his overs went for 23 and no bowler was spared punishment.

Hales thumped some murderous blows down the ground while Lumb cover drove one six as England ruthlessly finished off New Zealand, winning with 44 balls to spare

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