Sam Curran held his nerve after a doubtlessly essential no-ball as Oval Invincibles edged London Spirit by two runs in a last-ball thriller to increase their lead on the prime of the boys’s Hundred desk to 4 factors.
Curran overstepped bowling what ought to have been the ultimate supply of the sport, leaving Spirit requiring three from the ultimate ball to overtake Invincibles’ complete of 189-4 at The Kia Oval.
However the England seamer then bowled Chris Wooden with an outstanding yorker off the ensuing free hit as Spirit completed on 187-7 in a cracker of a London derby that featured 22 sixes throughout the 2 innings.
Thrilling finish to Invincibles vs Spirit
- Ball 96 – One run for Chris Wooden
- Ball 97 – Two runs for Matt Critchley
- Ball 98 – Six for Critchley over backward sq.
- Ball 99 – Two for Critchley as Ross Whiteley makes beautiful six save
- Ball 100 – No-ball by Sam Curran
- Ball 100 Model Two! – Curran bowls Wooden
Oval Invincibles – 189-4 from 100 balls: Will Jacks (68 off 42); Heinrich Klaasen (46no off 24); Sam Curran (35 off 17); Daryl Mitchell (2-16), Nathan Ellis (2-36)
London Spirit – 187-7 from 100 balls: Adam Rossington (61 off 32), Matt Critchley (32no off 13); Will Jacks (2-22), Adam Zampa (2-24)
Spirit’s Matt Critchley (32no off 13) fired the ultimate most of the evening, hauling Curran over the leg-side to chop his staff’s requirement to eight from two balls, however was then denied one other six as Ross Whiteley pulled off a shocking one-handed save at deep midwicket.
Curran despatched down a no-ball subsequent up with Spirit needing six for victory however the guests solely ran one when Critchley drove the bowler to long-off, believing on the time that the sport was achieved.
That left Wooden on strike for the re-bowled closing supply and he had his stumps splattered as Invincibles moved to 9 factors from six video games and Spirit had been left on 4 from 5, though that is just one level off the highest three as issues stand.
Jacks smacks fifty in London derby
Will Jacks had earlier fired with bat and ball for Invincibles, cracking 4 maximums in his 68 off 42 balls after which taking two wickets along with his off-spin within the house of three balls.
The England man’s double strike – Adam Rossington (61 off 32) and Michael Pepper (0 off 2) the Spirit gamers to fall – got here amid the guests slipping from 94-0 to 96-3 in six deliveries, at which level the requirement for the away aspect was 94 from 45 deliveries.
Cameos from Dan Lawrence (24), Matthew Wade (19) and Critchley stored Spirit within the sport and so they wanted 17 heading into Curran’s closing set of 5 deliveries.
A single for Wooden and a two for Critchley kicked issues off – after which carnage adopted.
Jacks was backed up with the bat for Invincibles by Heinrich Klaasen (46no off 24), Curran (35 off 17) and Jason Roy (23 off 18), whereas Australia spinner Adam Zampa additionally picked up two wickets for the hosts within the Spirit run chase.
New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell (2-16) and Nathan Ellis (2-36) shared 4 wickets for Spirit, with Ellis on a hat-trick within the closing over of the Invincibles innings after having Curran pouched on the boundary after which nicking off Whiteley (0) first ball.
Spirit batter Rossington subsequently bossed his 94-run opening stand with Zak Crawley (19), nailing 4 sixes and 6 fours, earlier than he was pinned lbw on the reverse sweep by Jacks, three balls after Crawley had been bowled by a Curran slower ball.
The Hundred continues on Wednesday, from The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, as Southern Courageous tackle Birmingham Phoenix reside on Sky Sports activities.
The ladies’s sport is up first (2.30pm on air, 3pm begin) as a Courageous aspect pushing for a top-three spot face rock-bottom Phoenix. Watch reside on Sky Sports activities The Hundred, Sky Sports activities Combine or through a free stream on Sky Sports activities’ digital platforms.
The boys’s match follows (6pm on air, 6.30pm begin) with Courageous and Phoenix each in play-off rivalry, regardless of the actual fact Phoenix prop up the desk.