The Hundred: London Spirit defeated Manchester Originals by 52 runs thanks to the contributions of Zak Crawley (41), Eoin Morgan (37), and Jordan Thompson (highest bowling stats in the Hundred).
Story of the match
Seamer Thompson, who made his tournament debut at The Oval last week and took two wickets, followed that up at Lord’s with an amazing four from 20 balls to completely destroy the Originals for just 108.
He had strong support from the rest of the Spirit attack, ensuring a second straight loss for the Manchester team as the home team’s total of 160 points—with Zak Crawley leading the way with 41 points from 34—proved to be more than enough.
After deciding to bat, Spirit quickly lost Adam Rossington to a first-ball duck, leg before to Sean Abbott, and despite some strong strokes to the boundary by Crawley, they struggled to gain pace.
The possibility of a huge score for the home team was increased by his partnership of 54 from 33 with Morgan, and the captain walloped both Matt Parkinson and Tom Hartley over the fence to achieve 37 from 26.
Paul Walter, a left-armer for the Originals, finished with miserly statistics of two for 18 from his 20 deliveries. The batting side, however, was unable to capitalise on his nagging line and pace adjustments.
Another two quick wickets left Spirit shaky at 120 for five when Morgan eventually mistimed a drive from Walter that soared into long on.
A brash cameo from Kieron Pollard, who hammered 34 from only 11 deliveries—including two savage sixes off Fred Klaassen’s final set—to lift his team above the 160-mark, gave them new life.
Jos Buttler was expected to have an explosive start for the Originals, but the English white-ball skipper was dismissed for only six runs, skying Thompson, and Mason Crane sprinted from point to grab a challenging diving catch close to the third man.
With only three recorded from the first 37 balls, Spirit’s seamers made sure boundaries were few and far between early on, and the visitors continued to lose wickets often.
The most spectacular dismissal was that of Andre Russell, who was run out at the bowler’s end by Liam Dawson’s direct knock from the point after Thompson misled Wayne Madsen with a slower delivery and then had Walter caught at point.
While seeing the mayhem from the other end, Phil Salt (36 from 34) tried his best to keep the Originals’ innings together; nevertheless, any slim chances of a comeback vanished when he was bowled by Dawson.
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