A brilliant unbeaten 127 run partnership between Jimmy Neesham and Tom Curran set Oval Invincibles up for a 14-run victory in The Hundred Men's Final against Manchester Originals at Lord's. Will Jacks was the pick of the Invincible bowlers with 2-11 from 15 balls.
Richard Gleeson opening up from the Pavilion End. Jason Roy and Will Jacks opened the batting.
Third ball of the evening and the first wicket, Gleeson teased a feather out of Jason Roy and he had to go for a third ball duck.
Paul Stirling joined Jacks, and Jacks hit the first 4 of the final. A straight drive up the slope in front of the iconic Lord's Pavilion got the Invincibles up and running.
The innings stuttered and Stirling added just one boundary before a mistimed effort was caught in the ring. He went for 5, Invincibles 15-2 from 15 balls.
Sam Curran came... and went first ball as he edged behind off Little. 15-3 and the Originals were flying. Sam Billings came to the crease far earlier than he probably would have liked or planned.
Jacks very nearly departed to a superb catch from Overton, but the big man couldn't quite keep hold of the effort at gully. Billings struck a sweet drive away for 4 with the next ball.
With the 30th ball, the Invincibles were reduced to 28-4 as Billings was deemed to have tickled the ball on its way through to Jos Buttler. The London side were in all sorts of trouble as Jimmy Neesham was next into the battle.
It felt as though the responsibility was now on Jacks, and he tried to accelerate but he became the fifth wicket of the day. A looping shot was well watched and caught by Overton near the boundary. 34-5 with only 36 balls bowled.
Tom Curran and Neesham set about re-settling the innings, and a no ball off the bowling of Kahn gave Neesham the freedom to smack the ball away for a much needed boundary. A pull shot from the New Zealander was cracked for 4 with the next ball. The 50 came up for the Invincibles with the 45th ball, 51-5.
Curran hit a stunning 6 off Overton and at the half way stage of their innings, The Invincibles were on 59-5. Curran was at it again with the maximums and he hit a flat effort into the Grandstand. His drive towards the Warner Stand for 4 wouldn't have looked out of place in a County Championship match. Another 4 with the next ball moved him onto 29 and he was pulling his team towards respectability.
A single from the 64th ball brought up the 50 partnership between Neesham and Curran, and oh how their team needed it. The rebuild continued and the pair took the Invincibles past 100 with the 72nd ball.
Neesham took the partnership past 70 with a 6 into the Tavern Stand, and Tom Curran chopped the ball away for 4 shortly after. The runs were still coming thick and fast. He moved onto 48 from 25 balls with a stunning timed shot for another 4. Curran's 50 came off a 6 into the Grand Stand and it came off just 26 balls.
Neesham flicked the ball away for 4 to bring up a superb 100 partnership between Curran and himself from just 49 balls. The pair stood tall when so many of their teammates fell.
With 10 balls remaining, the Invincibles had 140 and Neesham reached his 50 from 29 balls with a 2. This moved the partnership with Curran onto 111. A thumped shot from Neesham straight down the ground brought up the 150 with 6 balls remaining.
The partnership saw the Invincibles through to the end of their innings, which was ended with a huge 6 towards the Media Centre from Curran. 161-5, the partnership 126 not out.
Manchester Originals innings
Jos Buttler and Phil Salt opened up for the Originals, bowling the first set of deliveries was Sam Curran. Salt made a quick start, scoring two 4s in the opening 7 balls of the innings. A well timed punch through the infield and into the rope in-front of the Warner Stand got captain Buttler up and running. 15-0 from the first 10 balls.
Salt looked in the mood and he hit the 20th ball of the innings all the way into the Grand Stand for the Originals' first 6 of the night. 33-0 from 20 balls. Salt's night came to a premature end as the Curran brothers combined to get him out. Originals 34-1 and Max Holden joined his captain.
The next big breakthrough came thanks to Danny Briggs, he bowled Buttler for 11 and you could sense how big of a wicket that was for the Invincibles. 44-2, a wicket that brought Wayne Madsen to the crease. He got off the mark with a beautiful reverse sweep for 4. The very next ball, however, he was gone. He chopped the ball back onto his stumps and the Originals stumbled to 48-3 from 37 balls.
The 4th wicket fell thanks to a superb piece of fielding on the boundary from Nathan Sowter. Laurie Evans came and went, and Paul Walter came in with the score 50-4. At the half way stage of their innings, the Originals were on 58-4.
Holden cast of the shackles with a big 6 down towards the Media Centre to move his side onto 68-4 and in turn, moved the target to less than 100 runs away. The game was starting to slip away from the Originals, and when Walter was bowled by Jacks for 7, they were 72-5. Jamie Overton joined Holden and a big partnership was needed.
Holden stepped up his efforts with back to back boundaries and this was the intensity now needed by the Originals. 59 needed from 25 balls.
Holden did however depart for 37 from 25, and the Originals were on the brink. He was trapped LBW by Sam Curran, Overton was joined by Tom Hartley in the middle with 48 needed from 17.
Overton hit the 88th ball for a huge and much needed 6, but Originals needed 32 from the last 10 balls. With the 91st ball Hartley hit a very straight 6 to give the Originals hope. 24 needed from 8 balls.
A strong response from Tom Curran restricted the Originals, and they needed 23 runs from the final 5 balls which were bowled by Sam Curran.
Curran bowled tight and economical, and the Invincibles won by 14 runs.