Adam Lyth scored a 30-ball 51 to nullify the efforts of Manchester Originals captain Jos Buttler (59 off 41) to give Northern Superchargers a winning start to The Hundred season in Manchester. Buttler’s half-century and his 84-run stand with Wayne Madsen powered his team to 161/4 but that proved insufficient on the day as the Superchargers chased it down with 6 wickets and 6 balls to spare.
Asked to bat, Buttler led the way with a 41-ball 59, while also adding a big stand with Wayne Madsen (43 off 26) to set his side up for a big flourish at the end. It came via Andre Russell and Paul Walter, who added 44 runs following Buttler’s dismissal off just 20 deliveries to push the team past the 150-run mark. Even in a blitzy innings such as this, David Willey finished with 2 for 24 off 20 balls.
The Superchargers didn’t have a big early stand like their opposition did but there was enough support rallying around Lyth for them to stay in the hunt of their target. Lyth scored quicker than Buttler, getting to his half-century off just 28 balls and guiding the team to 85/2 at the halfway stage (50 deliveries).
Though Lyth fell shortly after for a 30-ball 51, Brook carried the chase ahead in the company of Willey. Willey was first to take on the bowlers – hitting Klaasen for a six and four – before falling for a 21-ball 29. Leg spinner Matt Parkinson pulled his team back into the game with a sensational spell of 1 for 20 in 20 deliveries, leaving the visitors needing 30 off 15. Brook, however, killed the balance in the next five deliveries, carting two sixes off Tom Hartley to reduce the equation to 12 off 10. New batter David Wiese wrapped it up in the next four balls, finishing in style with a six and a four.
Brief Scores: Manchester Originals 161/4 in 100 balls (Jos Buttler 59, Wayne Madsen 43; David Willey 2-24) lost to Northern Superchargers 162/4 in 94 balls (Adam Lyth 51, Harry Brook 33*; Ashton Turner 1-7) by 6 wickets.
Source By – Cricbuzz