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Former Clifton Alliance star Aaron Finch smashes T20 world record
8:30pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
FORMER Clifton Alliance overseas star Aaron Finch hit the highest-ever Twenty20 international score as Australia put England’s bowlers to the sword in the first NatWest Twenty20 international at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Finch, who played for Shipton Road-based Alliance in the York & District Senior League in 2009, scoring 909 runs at an average of 69.92, blasted 14 sixes and 11 fours in an extraordinary innings of 156 from 63 balls.
The right-hander’s record-breaking innings – which was Australia’s first-ever Twenty20 century, the second fastest of all time and included the most sixes by one player – helped the tourists post the second highest-ever team total of 248-6.
Yorkshire's Joe Root top-scored in England's reply, scoring an unbeaten 90 from 49 balls in his first international Twenty20 innings - during which he was smashed in the face by a delivery from Josh Hazlewood which sneaked through the grille on his helmet - but despite support from Ravi Bopara (45) and Jos Buttler (27), the hosts were always well off the pace and lost by 39 runs.
Their total of 209-6 was, however, England's second-highest total in Twenty20 internationals, while the aggregate score of 457 and Australia's total of 18 sixes were new records for international T20 matches.
Root had earlier been among the England bowlers who suffered at Finch's hands, his solitary over going for 27 as the Australian smashed three successive sixes and two fours.
"I was pretty lucky, a few things went my way but it was nice to get on a roll," Finch said following his side's victory.
"I got a little bit nervous as three figures approached and I slowed up the innings a bit, but it was nice to carry on once I'd got the century."
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