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Century to Hughes continues good form against white ball

01 October 2019

Daniel Hughes pulls to leg during his century for the Blues on Monday.

Sixers top-order batsman Daniel Hughes made his first century of the season in the Marsh One-Day Cup on Monday continuing to build his consistent record in the shorter formats.

Hughes, 30, scored 112 not out from 96 balls in the NSW Blues unsuccessful chase against Western Australia at Drummoyne Oval that was shortened to 35 overs and the match determined under Duckworth Lewis Stern.

He was named Player of the Match for his efforts.

It was his fourth century in One-Day domestic cricket taking his career tally past 1,000 runs to 1,027 at the outstanding average of 54.05 and a strike rate slightly below a-run-a-ball.

His white ball form has been replicated for the Sixers over the last two seasons making slight adjustments in terms of strike rate.

Last season, Hughes was the Sixers leading run-scorer in the Big Bash League with 399 runs at a strike rate of nearly 130 per 100 balls faced and averaged a very respectable 30.

The previous season, during BBL|07, he made 227 averaging almost 38 and striking at 110, forming a potent opening partnership with former Sixers opener Nic Maddinson.

That totalled 626 of the 1,191 runs Hughes has compiled in 48 T20 matches to date. His career strike rate in T20 cricket is currently 117.

On Monday, Hughes shared an important 142-run second wicket partnership with Sixers captain Moises Henriques (75 from 65) to put the Blues in prime position for victory.

However, the dismissal of Henriques with a little more than 11 overs remaining halted momentum and the Blues lost by eight runs chasing a revised target of 244.

Henriques posted his second half-century of the Marsh Cup and again demonstrated his easy power at the crease. He pummelled four sixes and six fours.

Sixers leg-spinner Daniel Fallins also made his One-Day domestic debut for the Blues in that match. He had previously played two limited-overs matches for the Cricket Australia Xi in 2017.

Fallins became the Blues 185th player in the One-Day domestic competition.