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The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Thursday, July 29th

Morgan and Amir London Spirit
Morgan and Amir London Spirit
Rashid Khan Trent Rockets
Rashid Khan Trent Rockets

The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Thursday, July 29th

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The Hundred Men’s Competition 2021


 London Spirit v Trent Rockets, Lord's

Trent Rockets (123-4) beat London Spirit (116-8) by seven runs

Off-spinner Matt Carter excelled with figures of three for 17 to maintain Trent Rockets’ 100 per cent record with a narrow victory over London Spirit.

Carter, who took two for 17 on his Hundred debut against Northern Superchargers, bettered that performance at Lord’s to leave Spirit’s top order in tatters before fellow spinner Samit Patel weighed in with three for 20.

The Rockets were also indebted to D’Arcy Short, who batted right through for an unbeaten 69 off 47 balls while his team-mates struggled against Spirit’s spinners to post a modest 123 for four.

But Rockets’ slow bowlers proved even deadlier and, despite a late flurry by Roelof van der Merwe and Blake Cullen, London could only muster 116 for eight.

Spirit, who put the visitors in, thought they had broken through early on when Alex Hales chopped Mohammad Amir to point – but the batter remained unmoved, with the review proving he had struck it into the ground.

Hales began to find his rhythm, slog sweeping Roelof van der Merwe for six and hitting successive fours off Mohammad Nabi to reach 21 before the Afghanistan all-rounder lured him down the pitch for Adam Rossington to remove the bails.

Nabi’s nagging line paid off again when he induced a leading edge from Dawid Malan, taking a tumbling return catch to finish his allocation with two for 20.

The Rockets also failed to get on top of leg-spinner Mason Crane, who returned one for 16, while skipper Lewis Gregory perished to a running catch by opposite number Eoin Morgan at backward point.

It was left to Short to hold the innings together and he performed that task with distinction, accelerating with four boundaries in Chris Wood’s final set of five to lift the Rockets to a competitive total.

Carter made immediate inroads in the London reply, with Rossington falling to Luke Wood’s diving catch on the boundary and Nabi – who had just hit a maximum – going after the next ball as well and picking out the mid-off fielder.

When Patel had Josh Inglis caught behind off a top edge and Joe Denly fell lbw trying to sweep Carter, Spirit were sinking at 33 for four – and their situation steadily worsened.

Morgan reached 18 off 20 before becoming the first of two victims in successive balls for Patel and, although van der Merwe and Cullen put on 23 from the last 15, it was not quite enough.

London Spirit captain EOIN MORGAN said:

“I thought both sides bowled well, the spinners were the highlight and that boded well for a really good game.

“We didn’t take advantage of batting second. We didn’t build partnerships and do the simple stuff right to chase down quite a low total and that hurt us throughout the innings.

“Every attacking shot we played, we seemed to lose a wicket. Blake Cullen and Roelof van der Merwe did really well to take it that deep.

“None of our top six have got in and played well. If you look at both sides, D’Arcy Short was the only one that was able to play well on that wicket.”


Trent Rockets spinner MATT CARTER, who took three for 17, said:

“The way I set up to play is how I would do in the T20 Blast as well – and it’s only really one ball less, isn’t it?

“If you’ve got rhythm and you’re going well, you can choose to stay on that extra five and go 10 in a row.

“I think it definitely helps, getting early wickets. Obviously you always want to get off to a good start and that’s my job, to pick up wickets in the powerplay.

“You know you’re going to get a chance at some point and you just want to make it so that you can’t be left out of the team again.”

Additional Reporting By Cameron Ponsonby, ECB Rising Reporter, London

Spinners reigned supreme at Lord’s, as the Trent Rockets spin quartet led by Matthew Carter successfully defended 123 by just seven runs in a thrilling match at HQ.

As cricket’s newest competition, the Hundred is designed to entice a new crowd. People who have never come across the game before and won’t be bogged down by the baggage of the past and can just enjoy it for what’s in front of them.

However, in last night’s game between London Spirit and Trent Rockets, it seemed destined to be a match dictated by storylines from cricket’s earlier seasons. Sure, you can enjoy each episode as a standalone, but sometimes it can pay to know what happened in series one.

Between the two sides today we had at least three storylines thick with potential to either illuminate the match or cast a long shadow over its proceedings.

We had cricket’s least romantic “will they, won’t they” couple of all time in Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan, former villain of Lord’s Mohammad Amir returning to the ground as a home player and Mason Crane playing under childhood hero and legend of The Cricket Show’s earlier editions, Shane Warne. 

And yet, in a tentative sign of any successful spin-off, it was the mixture of new characters shining through and old favourites playing the hits that won out.

The game began with drama surrounding the main protagonist.

As Hales took strike for the first time a bump ball found its way into the hands of point and London Spirit duly claimed the catch. As players celebrated and Hales held his hands out in crude disbelief, Morgan wandered around 30 yards away with his hands behind his back. Just as with everything else to do with Hales over the last two years, Morgan wasn’t interested.

Meanwhile, Amir ran in with the Lord’s Pavilion behind his back and Crane twirled away with it in front of him.

Amir performed admirably to take one for 29, whilst Crane performed exceptionally to take one for 16. As an episode it was nice an’ all, but I felt I’d seen this show before.

That changed at the halfway point. Trent Rockets had scored 123 in a total that neither seemed convincing, par, or necessarily too few. Spin had done well but had it done that well? It didn’t take long to find out.

The Rockets took to the field and after a solitary set of seam turned to their spin quartet of Samit Patel, Rashid Khan, D’Arcy Short and Carter. One old hand, one legend, one Aussie maverick and one lad from Nottingham. It’s a shame X-Factor has been taken off air really, Simon Cowell would’ve loved them.

As Patel and Khan performed as we knew they would, Short’s part time wrist spin rose to the occasion whilst Carter’s off-spin took control of it.

In a cast as star studded as today’s, few may have heard of Carter despite having performed superbly for Nottinghamshire in recent years. Here he took three for 17 as he dismissed numbers one, three and four in Spirit’s line up before taking an excellent catch at slip.

But that’s what new shows are about. New characters winning our hearts and admiration. And in a field of all of our old favourites, it was Carter who gave us a new character to get behind moving forward.

:: The ECB’s Hundred Rising is providing eight aspiring, young journalists the opportunity to tell the story of The Hundred men’s and women’s competitions through their own eyes.


The Hundred Women’s Competition 2021

London Spirit v Trent Rockets, Lord's

Trent Rockets (151-4) beat London Spirit (133-7) by 18 runs


Rachel Priest smashed 76 from just 42 balls to set up Trent Rockets’ first victory of the women’s Hundred as they overcame London Spirit by 18 runs at Lord’s.

The Rockets’ opener dominated her partnership of 101 from 67 deliveries with Sammy-Jo Johnson, laying the groundwork for a total of 151 for four – the highest of the women’s tournament so far.

That target proved beyond Spirit, despite skipper Heather Knight’s valiant effort of 31 from 25 and they came up short at 133 for seven.

Off-spinner Lucy Higham was the pick of the Rockets’ bowlers, finishing with figures of two for 12 from 15 balls.

The pugnacious Priest savaged the home bowling straight away after Rockets captain Nat Sciver chose to bat, particularly favouring the slog sweep over midwicket as she garnered 16 from Chloe Tryon’s set of five.

There was a close call for the opener on 40 when she swung Danielle Gibson high on the leg side only for Tammy Beaumont, making her first appearance of the tournament, to spill the catch on the boundary.

Priest capitalised on that escape, drilling Charlie Dean for six to bring up her 50 from just 29 balls, becoming the first Rockets batter to reach that landmark in the women’s competition.

Despite looking on course to convert that into a century, Priest repeated her earlier shot against Gibson and this time Beaumont held on.

However, Priest’s departure did little to slow the Rockets’ momentum as Sciver slammed Gibson for successive sixes, with her knock of 32 from 16 enough to steer the visitors past the 150 mark.

That scoreboard pressure on Spirit was increased when they lost both openers – Beaumont and Naomi Dattani – inside the powerplay.

Deandra Dottin had no intention of giving up the chase, though, clattering Sciver’s first three balls for 14 as she and Knight both survived dropped chances to build a partnership of 45 from 29.

That ended in untidy fashion when Dottin was run out for 29, backing up in search of a quick single and, with Deepti Sharma and Tryon also departing in quick succession, Spirit stumbled towards a second successive home defeat.

Higham, who had earlier shelled an opportunity to remove Knight on the boundary, redeemed herself with an economical spell that included the wicket of the Spirit captain, slicing into the hands of mid-off.


Trent Rockets batter RACHEL PRIEST, who top-scored with 76, said:

“It was a really good wicket. With my two previous innings, I didn’t get going and I started a little bit nervy but, once I got a couple away, it turned into my day.

“I think I felt slightly underdone coming into this tournament, but I spoke to the coaches about not pre-meditating too much and it worked today, I felt really clear.

“The crowd were absolutely amazing and made it a really special day. I’m getting towards the end of my career and maybe this is my last chance to play here at Lord’s, so it was super important to get a win under our belts.

“It’s really nice to get that first one on the board. They’re a quality side and it certainly gives us confidence going into the next couple of games.”


London Spirit bowler FREYA DAVIES, who took one for 19, said:

“I think we established quite quickly that bowling into the pitch was probably more effective but credit where it’s due. Rachel batted very well and we didn’t always have an answer to her.

“It’s tricky when someone’s hitting the ball that hard. We know what we want to do as a team and we had plans but they didn’t come off today.

“No-one means to misfield or drop catches – it’s a big competition for a lot of the players in our squad and this is not where we want to be, but we’ll come back on Sunday and prove that.”


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