Double Delight For Rockets

London Spirit 131/7-151/4 Trent Rockets Women (The Hundred Women)

London Spirit 116/8-123/4 Trent Rockets Men (The Hundred Men)

Both men and women’s teams for the first time ever – won their back-to-back same day games in the hundred yesterday as the Rockets saw off London Spirit at Lords. The men hitting outright top spot with three wins from three so far whilst the women won their first match of the campaign in emphatic style.

The women kicked off hitting a record 151 from their 100 balls losing just four wickets as Rachel Priest smashed 76 from 42 balls and captain Nat Sciver smashing 32 from just 16 the pick of the bunch in the early match.

In reply London lost two early wickets and never really got close to the Rockets total. Lucy Higham with 2 for 12 the best of the bowling as Spirit fell well short scoring just 112 with the loss of seven wickets from their hundred balls faced.

The men had to fight much harder to gain their maximum two points as Alex Hales and D’Arcy Short raced off to a quick start before Hales was stumped off the bowling of Nabi for 21.

A quick loss of Malan for just nine, followed by Patel for three pulled the Spirit right into the game but Short was impressive en-route to 69 not out from just 47 balls. Lewis Gregory lasted just 7 balls for 4 runs but Tom Moores steadied the ship late on with 13 not out as the Rockets whimpered to 123 for 4 on a tough wicket.

In response, London may have been favourites to win their first match of the season but enter Matt Carter, who took two early wickets of Rossington and Nabi before fellow spinner Samit Patel had Josh Inglis caught behind with the Spirit 29 for 3.

Joe Denley didn’t last much longer, Carter taking his third wicket to go top of the Rockets averages list for bowlers. van der Merwe and Bopara offered small resurgence before the latter was caught Moores bowled Rashid. Two quick wickets for Samit Patel including the one of captain Eoin Morgan then took the tie away from London with the home side needing 60 from just 37 balls. The hosts eventually falling short hitting 116/8 to allow the Rockets to win by 7 runs.

Next up for Trent is a trip to Birmingham on Sunday where the men will be hoping to make it four wins from four, whilst the women hope to get their second win of the season.

Rockets Women: Sammy-Jo Johnson, Rachel Priest, Natalie Sciver (capt), Katherine Brunt, Heather Graham, Sarah Glenn, Emily Windsor, Abi Freeborn, Kathryn Bryce, Lucy Higham, Michaela Kirk.

Rockets Men: D’Arcy Short, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores, Lewis Gregory (capt), Samit Patel, Rashid Khan, Luke Wood, Matthew Carter, Marchant de Lange, Timm van der Gugten.

Venue: Lords, London

*Main image @TrentBridge Rachel Priest scoring 76 was in fine form with Sammy Jo Johnson hitting 25.


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