The Hundred: Zak Crawley and Jordan Thompson star as London Spirit beat Manchester Originals | cricket news

Zak Crawley hits 41, Eoin Morgan breaks 37 as London Spirit beat Manchester Originals by 52 runs; watch Northern Superchargers vs Trent Rockets live on Sky from 6pm on Tuesday

Last update: 08/08/22 22:24


Watch the highlights as Zak Crawley goes 41-for-34 in the London Spirit's win over the Manchester Originals

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Watch the highlights as Zak Crawley goes 41-for-34 in the London Spirit’s win over the Manchester Originals

Watch the highlights as Zak Crawley goes 41-for-34 in the London Spirit’s win over the Manchester Originals

Zak Crawley scored 41, Eoin Morgan broke 37 and Jordan Thompson produced his best Hundred bowling figures as the London Spirit beat Manchester Originals by 52 runs in The Hundred.

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Seamer Thompson, who took two wickets in his tournament debut at The Oval last week, followed up with a remarkable four 20-ball to crush the Originals for just 108 at Lord’s.

He was cleverly backed up by the rest of the Spirit attack to secure a second successive loss for the Manchester team, as the home team’s total of 160, with Zak Crawley leading scorer on 41 of 34, proved to be more than enough.

Having opted to bat, Spirit soon lost Adam Rossington to a first-ball duck, leg before Sean Abbott and they struggled to gain momentum despite some powerful borderline hitting by Crawley.

Jordan Thompson explains his slower ball to the back of the hand which was used to devastating effect in the London Spirit's win over the Manchester Originals

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Jordan Thompson explains his slower ball to the back of the hand which was used to devastating effect in the London Spirit’s win over the Manchester Originals

Jordan Thompson explains his slower ball to the back of the hand which was used to devastating effect in the London Spirit’s win over the Manchester Originals

His 54-for-33 partnership with Morgan raised the home team’s prospects for a sizable score, with the captain hitting both Tom Hartley and Matt Parkinson over the fence to reach 37-for-26.

However, the hitting side couldn’t do much with Paul Walter’s persistent line and changes of pace: The Originals’ left arm finished with a measly two-of-18-for-20 delivery.

With Morgan finally wasting time on a drive from Walter that sailed into the hands of Long On, another two quick wickets left Spirit reeling slightly at 120 for five.

They were revived by a belligerent cameo from Kieron Pollard, who smashed 34 in just 11 deliveries, including two brutal sixes in Fred Klaassen’s final set, to propel his side to the 160 mark.

Before the match, Harry Kane faced his Tottenham teammate Matt Doherty in a six-hit challenge.

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Before the match, Harry Kane faced his Tottenham teammate Matt Doherty in a six-hit challenge.

Before the match, Harry Kane faced his Tottenham teammate Matt Doherty in a six-hit challenge.

The Originals were counting on an explosive start from Jos Buttler, but the England cue ball captain started for just six, jumping Thompson and Mason Crane racing from the spot to catch a difficult catch near the third man.

Spirit’s closers made sure the bounds were few and far between in the early stages, with only three recorded from the first 37 balls and the visitors continued to drop wickets at regular intervals.

Thompson tricked Wayne Madsen with a slower pitch and then caught Walter on the spot, while the most conspicuous dismissal was Andre Russell, who ran off the pitcher’s end from Liam Dawson’s direct hit from the spot.

Seeing the carnage from the other side, Phil Salt (36 of 34) did his best to keep the Originals’ innings together, but when Dawson pitched him, any hope of recovery evaporated.

Watch every game from The Hundred this summer live on Sky Sports. The women’s competition kicks off on Thursday, August 11 with the defending champions Oval Invincibles taking on the Northern Superchargers at The Kia Oval (6:30pm kick-off).

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