The Hundred Men's and Women's 2022 Eliminator Review: Manchester Originals, Southern Brave Women emerge victorious in Eliminator
Laurie Evans starred in Manchester Originals' victory with a 72-run knock.
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The Manchester Originals picked up a comprehensive victory against the London Spirit in the Hundred Men’s 2022 Eliminator and will meet Trent Rockets in the final. In the Women’s eliminator, the Southern Brave prevailed against the Trent Rockets and will take on Oval Invincibles in the finals.
Earlier in the game, London Spirit posted a good score of 150 for 7 in their innings after winning the toss and opting to bat first. Zak Crawley played a good knock of 36 at the top while Ben Mcdermott was the top scorer with 59 off 38 balls which included eight fours and a six. Ravi Bopara’s unbeaten 34 off 16 balls provided the perfect finish while Paul Walter was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 29 for the Manchester Originals.
Laurie Evans' brutal knock takes Manchester Originals home
In reply, the Manchester Originals chased down the score with 11 balls to spare on the back of a stunning innings from Laurie Evans. The skipper unleashed his six hitting skills with a 34-ball 72 while contributions from Phil Salt, Tristan Stubbs and Tom Lammonby sealed the deal for the Manchester Originals. The London Spirit bowlers did not have much of an answer to the assault from the Originals.
Meanwhile, in the Women’s eliminator, the Southern Brave posted 134 for 6 in their first innings after losing the toss. Smriti Mandhana, Tahlia Mcgrath, Maia Bouchier were all among the runs, however, the innings from Georgia Adams changed the course of the game as she scored a 24 ball 38 comprising of three fours and two sixes.
In reply, the Trent Rockets started off well but lost their way after losing a flurry of wickets in the middle. Natalie Sciver played a magnificent knock and almost won the game for her side singlehandedly while wickets fell from the other end on regular intervals. In the end, Trent Rockets fell short by two runs despite Sciver’s unbeaten 72 off 36 balls and it was a heart break for the Villani led side.
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