The Hundred 2022: Trent Rockets edge Manchester Originals to win men’s Hundred final
The Hundred 2022: In a dramatic men’s Hundred final on Saturday at Lord’s, Trent Rockets skipper Lewis Gregory led from the front as his team overcame Manchester Originals by two wickets with just two balls remaining.
Given the impact eight newly formed clubs have had on the schedules of the current 18 first-class counties, the conclusion of the second season of the 100 balls per side tournament, a contentious innovation in English cricket, appeared to be a one-sided contest.
Australian Ashton Turner’s 26 was the highest score of the innings as the Rockets held the Originals to a fairly modest 120-9 on a slow pitch, with medium-pacer Sam Cook taking 4-18.
However, Dawid Malan of England, who was batting, scored 19 for the Rockets. While Alex Hales, who was vying for a return to the international team, was only out for eight.
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The Rockets needed 11 runs from the final five balls of England international Richard Gleeson’s bowling to win at 110-8 (the Hundred does not use conventional overs).
Gregory, an English all-rounder himself, immediately smashed Gleeson over mid-off for six. Then flicked the next full toss for four, before smacking the go-ahead run as he reached 17 not out after six balls.
“It was nice to be there at the end and get the team over the line,” said Gregory.
The Hundred also features a parallel women’s competition.
Earlier on Saturday, the Oval Invincibles won by a margin of five wickets over the Southern Brave, captained by South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp and England’s rising sensation Alice Capsey.
The Invincibles defeated the Brave in the championship game for the second consecutive year. By chasing down a target of 102 with six balls remaining in front of a record crowd of 20,840 at Lord’s. The biggest attendance for a domestic women’s tournament in England.
The tournament’s breakout player from last year, youngster Capsey, returned figures of 2-17 and made a decent 25. The 32-year-old Kapp took 1-19 and led the chase with 37 not out.
“The way Kapp batted was awesome,” said Invincibles captain Suzie Bates. “She shows up for those tough moments.”
“One hundred percent she’s one of the best all-rounders in the world and she showed why.”
The New Zealand great hailed Capsey as a “big-moment player”, adding; “Under pressure you need to be brave and she’s done that all season.”