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Hales, Morgan star in England's warm-up win over South Africa A

Hales, Morgan star in England's warm-up win over South Africa A
Alex Hales (left) was once again among the runs for England.
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England XI 202-6 (Hales 78) beat
South Africa A 158-8 (de Bruyn 56) by 44 runs
Twenty20 Tour match in Paarl

Alex Hales continued his rich vein of form with another fifty while Eoin Morgan scored a blistering knock of 42 as England XI defeated South Africa A in the Twenty 20 tour match by 44 runs in Paarl.

Hales (78) and Jason Roy (22) got England off to a flier after Morgan opted to bat first. The duo brought the 50-run opening stand in just five overs.

Roy's 14-ball sparkling performance came to an end in the sixth over after being dismissed by Andile Phehlukwayo (2-32).

However, Hales continued the onslaught as he smashed a couple of sixes and as many fours in the next three overs bringing his half-century in the process off just 32 deliveries.

James Vince (22) and Jos Buttler (29) got starts but failed to make it big and in the end it was Morgan (42) who took England to 202 for six in the 20 overs with his 13-ball knock which included five sixes.

England scored 61 runs in the final four overs with Morgan contributing 40 of it. Wayne Parnell (3-26) was the pick of the South African A players while Phehlukwayo picked two wickets.

Reece Topley (3-29) removed Reeza Hendricks (1) early in the chase, but aggressive batting from Theunis de Bruyn (56) ensured South Africa A reached 51 for one in the powerplay.

Adil Rashid (2-27) dented the chase by dismissing de Bruyn and David Miller (10) after which South Africa A never recovered.

Only JJ Smits (30) provided some resistance as South Africa A ended their innings at 158 for eight falling short of the target by 45 runs.

Topley picked three wickets for England while Rashid and David Willey (2-32) managed two wickets apiece.

The first T20I between South Africa and England is scheduled to be played in Cape Town on 19th February.

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