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Trent Rockets are The Hundred 2022 Champions: Trent Rockets hold their nerves to beat Manchester Originals in a nail-biting contest to lift their maiden title

The Hundred Champion 2022
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Trent Rockets are The Champions!

Trent Rockets are The Champions! The home of cricket i.e. Lord’s in London was lit up on Saturday evening as the final of the second edition of the Hundred took place at the iconic venue. The Trent Rockets faced Manchester Originals in what happened to be an exciting game of cricket where the Rockets managed to hold their nerves to lift their maiden title.

Manchester Originals skipper Laurie Evans won the toss and had no hesitation to bat first. They didn’t have the best of starts as they lost their top-order with 22 on the board. Tristan Stubbs along with Ashton Turner build a partnership for the fourth wicket but the Rockets kept picking wickets at regular intervals to keep a check on the scoring rate.

Trent Rockets were crowned Men’s Hundred champions after defeating Manchester Originals by two wickets in a thrilling, nail-biting final at Lord’s. Chasing just 121 to win, the Rockets needed 11 runs off the last five balls.

THE HUNDRED 2022

Turner was the top scorer for the Originals with 26 and Tom Lammonby looked good for his 21 but they eventually managed to put 120 on the board, losing nine wickets. Sam Cook and Samit Patel picked up four and three wickets respectively with the ball for the Rockets.

The Rockets had a steady start to their chase. There were contributions from Dawid Malan (19), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (18), Colin Munro (16) but they failed to build a big partnership as the Originals stayed in the contest by pegging back the Rockets with regular wickets.

The required run rate crept up and it boiled down to the last set where the Rockets required 11 runs to get home. Skipper Lewis Gregory remained cool as a cucumber and hit six, four, and a six to finish things off in style. The Rockets chased down the total with two wickets in hand to lift their first-ever Hundred title.

Trent Rockets display an all-round show to win the Hundred 2022

Trent Rockets are The Champions! The pitch at the Lord’s was a difficult one. Batters from both sides struggled to get going and as a result, we witnessed a low-scoring thriller in the final of the second edition of the Hundred. Defending 121, the Originals tried hard and even picked up eight wickets but it just wasn’t to be for them as they failed to hold their nerves in the death overs, resulting in them losing the game by two wickets.

Trent Rockets have been the deserved winners. They qualified for the final directly after topping the table at the end of the league stages. They performed brilliantly and another all-round show in the final helped them lift their maiden Hundred title.

Player of the Match

Sam Cook was named the player of the match for his brilliant bowling as he finished with figures of 4/18.

I think this is a speechless feeling. It was a brilliant tournament, enjoyed playing and to cap it off with a trophy was great. I’ve played a bit of T20 cricket here before, so we’ve spoken about bowling yorkers and that was the plan. We’ve had an amazing atmosphere, the coaches and support staff have been phenomenal.

– Sam Cook

It was nice to be there at the end and get the team over the line, pretty special moment. (On final six) I tried to get it off the middle of the bat, we needed some boundaries so I had to go for it. Credit to the Manchester guys, they did very well to make this a contest. One good thing about this squad is someone has always put their hand up, we haven’t put many feet wrong in the competition, happy to get over the line.

– Lewis Gregory, Trent Rockets Skipper

Score Summary

Manchester Originals: 120/9 (100)

(Ashton Turner 26, Tom Lammonby 21, Sam Cook 4/18)

Trent Rockets: 121/8 (98)

(Dawid Malan 19, Tom Kohler-Cadmore 18, Joshua Little 2/18)

Trent Rockets beat Manchester Originals by two wickets.