Oval Invincibles complete double over Manchester Originals


val Invincibles claimed a nine-run victory over Manchester Originals in another exciting encounter during the launch week of The Hundred.

Carlos Brathwaite almost guided the visitors to a successful chase but was out for 37 as the Originals could only close on 135 for seven in front of 18,126 at the Kia Oval.

It was in response to the Invincibles’ 145 for eight, which was led by captain Sam Billings as he top-scored with 49 before he was one of three wickets to fall to Holland international Fred Klaassen.

England internationals Sam and Tom Curran and Reece Topley then all played a part with the ball to ensure the hosts followed their women’s team by winning at the Kia Oval.

After a successful opening night where the women produced a thriller for the 7,395 in attendance and for a TV audience which peaked at 1.95million, it was over to the men.

Originals captain Jos Buttler decided to bowl first after calling correctly at the toss, with the England international only able to feature in the first two matches of the 100-ball tournament due to his Test commitments next month.

Buttler threw the ball to Tom Hartley, even though the off-spinner had to wait until last August to make his professional debut, but he delivered by removing both openers Sam Curran and Jason Roy.

At 48 for four, the hosts needed a partnership and Billings led the fightback and dominated a 57-run stand for the fifth wicket with Colin Ingram.

Billings helped wrestle back the momentum with two maximums off spinners Matt Parkinson and Callum Harrison, but two wickets in three balls for Steven Finn again put the Oval-based side under pressure.

The older Curran brother, Tom, answered the call and added 29 not out to help the Invincibles set a testing target.

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