The Hundred: Laurie Evans’ 50s help Manchester Originals overtake London Spirit and reach the final | Cricket News


Manchester Originals take on Trent Rockets in The Hundred men’s final at Lord’s on Saturday after a sixth win on the spin sees them overtake London Spirit at Southampton; skipper Laurie Evans slams 72 of 34 as Originals reach target of 151 with 11 to spare

Last update: 02/09/22 21:09

Originals captain Laurie Evans hit seven fours and three sixes in his 72-for-34 lead in the order

Captain Laurie Evans led from the front as Manchester Originals picked up a sixth straight win to advance to The Hundred’s men’s final at Lord’s on Saturday with a five-wicket victory over London Spirit.

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It was a case of good Evans at Southampton on Friday night as substitute skipper Laurie propelled Originals into a showdown with Trent Rockets on the day of the final at the Home of Cricket.

Evans, who has been a backup as leader since Jos Buttler was ruled out of the tournament with a calf injury, slammed 72 of 34 balls, reaching his half-century with just 19 deliveries.

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Captain and Phil Salt (29 of 18) fell back-to-back after firing 101 of 50 for the opening wicket and when Paul Walter (4) left, Originals were down three for seven from eight deliveries.

Spirit continued to play but Manchester men outscored Spirit 150-6 with 11 balls in reserve, making for a final that seemed like a distant dream after losing their opening three games of the tournament.

Spirit fly-half Adam Rossington, skipper Eoin Morgan and all-rounder Jordan Thompson all went for ducks – Morgan in single digits for the fourth game in a row – with Spirit’s tally secured thanks to Zak Crawley (36 of 23), Ben McDermott (59 out of 38) and Ravi Bopara (34 out of 16).

Spirit skipper Eoin Morgan was kicked off The Hundred Eliminator's first ball, caught Paul Walter halfway through

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Spirit skipper Eoin Morgan was kicked off The Hundred Eliminator’s first ball, caught Paul Walter halfway through

Spirit skipper Eoin Morgan was kicked off The Hundred Eliminator’s first ball, caught Paul Walter halfway through

Crawley and McDermott – who shared a second-wicket stand of 69 on 43 balls – were dismissed by Walter (3-29 on 20 balls) a delivery after hitting him for the boundaries.

McDermott added 40 from 29 with Dan Lawrence (10 from 13) for the third wicket before a collapse saw Spirit lose four wickets for 12 runs – Walter and leg spinner Matt Parkinson (2-17 from 20) striking each twice in as many balls during this passage of play dominated by the originals.

Bopara’s late cameo gave Spirit a score to defend, but Originals overtook that to deny Morgan’s men a home final.

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Spirit will now face the Rockets in the men’s final at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The build-up on Sky Sports begins at 6 p.m. Before that, Southern Brave will meet Oval Invincibles in the women’s final. Join us from 2:30 p.m. before a 3 p.m. departure.

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