The Hundred 2022: Match Reports and Reactions – Eliminators - Manchester Originals v London Spirit and Southern Brave v Trent Rockets – Sept 2nd
Here are all the Results, Match Reports and Reactions for The Men’s and Women’s Hundred 2022 - Eliminators - Manchester Originals v London Spirit and Southern Brave v Trent Rockets – September 2nd
Scorecard - Southern Brave v Trent Rockets
Women's Hundred 2022 -Top Tournament Stats
Southern Brave vs Trent Rockets at the Ageas Bowl
Southern Brave 134/6 beat Trent Rockets 132/7 by two runs
Georgia Adams set up a re-match of the 2021 Hundred final with an all-round master class as Southern Brave nervily book their place in tomorrow’s (SATURDAY) Lord’s showpiece at Trent Rockets’ expense.
Middle-order batter and off-spinner Adams got Brave to a competitive score with an exhilarating 38 off 24 to get her side to 134, having looked unlikely to reach three figures at one point.
She then picked up two for 15 and Tahlia McGrath two for 11, as Trent Rockets only managed to reach 132, despite Nat Sciver’s 72 not out – which took the game to the wire.
Brave, who won by two runs, will be out for revenge against Oval Invincible in the final after being bowled out for 73 last year.
Rockets lost by 10 wickets in the group stage game between the two sides, but enjoyed a much better start as they picked up Danni Wyatt and Sophia Dunkley in the first end, the former for her second duck in succession.
Smriti Mandhana picked up a trio of boundaries but she edged Nat Sciver to short third. Brave’s big three batters, who had scored about two-thirds of their runs in the competition, all out inside 30 balls having been stuck in.
It needed the middle order to fire, and slowly they did. Australian Tahlia McGrath – who had only scored 19 runs in her four innings thus far – steadied things with 31 off 29 balls, having square driven her first ball to the boundary.
She put on 34 with Maia Bouchier before failing to clear wide long-off, before Georgia Adams joined Bouchier to accelerate with a 43-run stand.
Bouchier crashed Katherine Brunt twice through the off-side before heaving Georgia Davis through wide-on to move to 29 and her best score of the tournament.
Adams was even more vicious in her ball striking, after Bouchier had departed, bonking a straight six off Alana King and another dropped into the boundary sponge by Brunt to smash 38 off 30 balls – although she was caught off the final ball by Brunt.
In reply, Elyse Villani and Bryony Smith ticked off runs at a run-a-ball. Smith survived a drop at mid-wicket but things seemed much less frenetic than the Brave innings.
That all changed with the 38th delivery as Rockets collapsed. First, Adams knocked back Smith’s middle stump with her off-spin.
Then McGrath picked up Villani paddling to short fine and Mignon du Preez with a reactionary caught and bowled, to her own disbelief, in the same end. The team in yellow slumped from 40 without loss to 45 for three.
Marie Kelly picked out long on to hand Adams her second wicket, King was castled by fellow Aussie leggie Amanda-Jade Wellington and Molly Strano brilliantly ran out Brunt. But Sciver was the major piece still left in the puzzle.
She was dropped at mid-off on eight and had a stumping missed on 11, but tucked into any poor balls. She clubbed Lauren Bell, Wellington and McGrath for sixes over the long-on boundary.
Her fifty came in 29 balls but her best was still to come. With 20 required from the final five balls she hit two, then swatted McGrath for three sixes in a row over wide long-on. But with four needed off the final ball she could only hit straight at mid-off.
Southern Brave all-rounder Tahlia McGrath:
“It got way closer than I would have liked in that last five. I probably only had to nail two balls and that was a struggle. She got hold of me and then batted really well so we were lucky to get over the line.
“I thought my best option for the last ball was a yorker, but I’d tried that the three balls before and been hit for six each time. So I had to decide whether to back that again or take pace off and backed my best ball. I didn’t execute but I got away with it.
“It wasn’t ideal losing three early wickets but we had to consolidate and stem the flow and then let our batters do their thing. The way Bouch and Gads finished off the innings was outstanding.
“Adams gave us momentum going into our bowling which was crucial. She’s been awesome for us all tournament with both bat and ball. She does her job every game and keeps it simple.
“We’re very excited for tomorrow. I have never played at Lord’s and for the team I can see the hunger as last year hurt them. I’m really looking forward to hopefully going one better and lifting that trophy.”
Trent Rockets captain Elyse Villani:
“I thought we were brilliant in patches and it was a really even contest between the two sides and unfortunately, we couldn’t get over the line.
“What Natalie Sciver did at the end was unbelievable. She had no right to make it as close as she did and had us all on the edge of our seats. It was just ridiculous hitting from her.
“At the start of the last five balls I thought we were done but once she got going we started to think that we could win it. We thought there was going to be a fairytale ending there with us just getting into the finals and have a bit more luck go our way.
“Cricket is a pretty fickle game and that was game full of highs and lows and unfortunately, we ended on a pretty deep low.”
Scorecard - Manchester Originals v London Spirit
Men's Hundred 2022 - Top Tournament Stats
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London Spirit vs Manchester Originals at the Ageas Bowl
London Spirit 150/7 lost to Manchester Originals 151/5 by five wickets
Laurie Evans blasted a phenomenal 72 off 34 balls to send Manchester Originals to the Hundred final tomorrow (SATURDAY) evening – after they beat London Spirit by five wickets.
Opening batter Evans, who replaced the injured Jos Buttler as captain of the Originals, got his side off to a flier in response to Spirit’s 150, with a 101-run stand with Phil Salt.
But a wobble led by Mason Crane and Nathan Ellis – two for 35 and two for 31 respectively – gave Eoin Morgan’s men hope but Aston Turner and Tom Lammonby got Originals over the line with 11 balls to spare.
Originals will now hot-foot it up the M3 to face Trent Rockets at Lord’s at 6:30pm tomorrow.
After Adam Rossington fell to the second ball, Ben McDermott and Zak Crawley got the innings rolling with a 69-run stand after Spirit at chosen to bat first.
McDermott, who played for Hampshire in the Blast, was imperious from ball two, which he thrashed over the square boundary before bashing through cover next ball.
Bowled Crawley was swapped with Dan Lawrence, but McDermott kicked into the next gear as he guided through third to bring up a 33-ball fifty – his 59 one shy of his best for his county on this ground.
Just as an enormous total was brewing, the innings spluttered between balls 74 and 85, as Originals twice went bang-bang.
First, it was Paul Walter who picked up McDermott with a slower ball sent out to deep midwicket and then Eoin Morgan caught at mid-off first ball. Ravi Bopara resolutely blocked the hat-trick ball, as Walter ended up with figures of three for 29.
Then in the following end, Matt Parkinson had Lawrence holing out before Jordan Thompson’s leading edge gave him two-in-two, there was to be no hat-trick ball as the leg-spinner was bowled out.
Bopara starred in the final 15 balls, with a pair of sixes – the first swung square, the second a skier over long on – to smash 34 off 16 balls. Despite Liam Dawson slapping to extra cover, Spirit reached 150 for seven.
All eyes were on how Spirit’s Hampshire-flavoured attack would defend on their county ground. Between Chris Wood, Mason Crane, Liam Dawson and Nathan Ellis, they have played 165 T20/Hundred games at the Ageas Bowl – taking 163 wickets in the process.
Laurie Evans, who has his own T20 history on the ground with two half-centuries, didn’t care for ‘home’ advantage. He’d already struck four of his first eight balls to the boundary before slog-sweeping sweetly into the stands.
Another six over long-on, followed by a scampered two, took him to a 19-ball fifty – his first of the tournament.
Phil Salt had largely done his best to stay out of Evans’ way, but took centre stage when he took Crane downtown, only for Evans to hit back with a six of his own off Dawson.
The 101-run opening stand ended with ball 50 when Dawson had Salt caught and bowled, two balls later and Evans and swept Crane to deep square leg. The following set and Paul Walter firmly hit at cover off Ellis.
The Hobart Hurricane then yorked Wayne Madsen, after a period of squeeze, and Crane got Tristan Stubbs to squirt to point, to take the equation to 18 off 20 balls.
But Turner and Lammonby made sure they booked their place in the showpiece without any more worries.
Manchester Original's Tom Lammonby:
"We are very excited for tomorrow. It is another day with the whole team which is nice as we really gel as a squad. We aren't ready to leave each other yet.
"We did our best to mess it up but it is a great way to go over the line and gives us some momentum going into tomorrow. We can take a lot out of that.
"We can take the run of games into the final which gives us a psychological advantage over Trent Rockets.
"Jos has been a massive loss as he started our run going, but the way that Lauris has stepped up and helped everyone out and helped them relax so we can just focus on the cricket has been a blessing in disguise."
Manchester Original's Tristan Stubbs:
"Evans was unbelievable. The intent he came out and showed. It is one of the best innings we will see in the Hundred, especially in the Eliminator.
"He won us the game today. He came out and played cricket and beat them by himself pretty much. We tried to lose it but he had done enough to keep us in the game."
London Spirit's Ravi Bopara:
"It is really disapointing. We have been together for a month and played some really good cricket and it comes down to this one game.
"Laurie Evans has played one of the best knocks of the tournament so far and deserves to be on the winning side. He is a tough man to bowl today as he can hit the ball to pretty much anywhere in the ground. He is skillful with his hands and he showed it tonight.
"I thought there was going to be a point in the game where we dragged it back but we needed to drag it back and hold it but we kept leaking a boundary here and there.
"McDermott played beautifully today. He's got a lot of power and it was good to see him get some runs. But I can't get over the disappointment of losing today."
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