Southern Brave squared off against Manchester Originals in the 18th match of the Hundred Men’s Competition 2022 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Manchester Originals beat Southern Brave comprehensively to grab their second win.
Southern Brave skipper James Vince won the toss and opted to bowl first. The decision backfired for them as the Originals got off to a fantastic start. Originals’ skipper Jos Buttler scored at a very good rate and took on the bowling from the word go. He was well-supported by Philip Salt from the other end. The 64-run stand came to an end on the 41st ball when Michael Hogan dismissed Salt on 38.
There was no stopping Buttler as he brought up his fifty. He departed on 68 on the 88th ball. Meanwhile, Andre Russell had started the onslaught from the other end. He smacked Hogan 24 in the final set to power his side to 188 at the end of their innings. Dre Russ remained unbeaten on 64 of just 23 balls, hitting 6 fours and five massive sixes. The Brave bowlers struggled as they managed to pick only three wickets.
Southern Brave had a decent start to their chase. Sean Abbott provided the first breakthrough for the Originals when he dismissed Vince on 20. This created an opening for them as they picked up wickets at regular intervals and didn’t allow the Brave batters to get going.
There were contributions from Quinton de Kock (21), George Garton (25), and Ross Whiteley (21) but lack of big partnerships resulted in them getting knocked over on 120 in 84 balls, losing the game by 68 runs. Paul Walter was the pick of the bowlers for the Originals as he finished with figures of 3/20 in his 15 balls. Matthew Parkinson and Tristan Stubbs also chipped in with a couple of scalps each as they completed a comprehensive win over the defending champions.
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The defending champions continue to struggle in the second edition of the Hundred
Southern Brave are the defending champions and they are struggling to defend their title. They got off to a perfect start, beating Welsh Fire in their opening game but have lost their way. They have lost their next four games and languishing at the seventh position in the points table. Vince’s men need to turn the tables around to stay alive in this year’s competition.
Manchester Originals, meanwhile, didn’t have the best of starts to the Hundred 2022. They lost their first three games but have bounced back to win the next two. They have four points to their name and will look to keep performing in a similar fashion in their upcoming games of this edition of the Hundred.
Player of the Match
Andre Russell was named player of the match for his sensational knock of 64* off just 23 balls. He also picked up a wicket in his set.
Speaking about his performance, Russell was quoted, “This is my fifth game but I have been fairly confident with the bat. I came out and did what I did. It is very important to win. We just need to take these points. We have a very good team as well.”
Talking about his plans, he said, “My strength is to go after the spinners. The left-arm bowler was taking the ball away from me. I tried to capitalize on the seam bowling at the end. This format is very quick and is on the go. A few times I have been caught off guard. It is a fun format.”
Manchester Originals: 188/3 (100)
Southern Brave: 120 (84)
(George Garton 25, Ross Whiteley 21, Paul Walter 3/20)
Manchester Originals beat Southern Brave by 68 runs.