Rockets Men Make Cut But Women Are Out

Trent Rockets Women 122/6-124/1 Manchester Originals (The Hundred Women)

Trent Rockets Men 136/3-135/8 Manchester Originals (The Hundred Men)

There was mixed fortunes, again, for the Trent Rockets, at Trent Bridge, on Sunday, as the Men’s side blasted their way into the latter stages of The Hundred, and the Women, the continued to find home discomforts in what was the final ‘group’ game for both.

A slight change in the batting order from Men’s captain, Lewis Gregory, paid instant dividends against the Manchester Originals, Dawid Malan being pushed up to opening alongside Alex Hales, with D’Arcy Short moving down the order, whilst Rashid Khan was just as devastating with the ball.

The Originals would take to the crease first and, after their openers had made a little inroad into the Rockets attack, Philip Salt and Joe Clarke putting together a little, opening partnership, however, once Salt went for 16, caught by Patel, off Rashid, at 33-1, then Clarke swiftly following, bowled by Patel at 70-2, it suddenly became a downward slide for the visitors.

From 70-2, to 75-5, to 98-7 in under forty balls, six of the Originals dropping with Rashid turning the screw, posting bowling figures of 3-16 from his twenty balls, and a catch during that spell, of Tom Lammonby, turned the screw.

By the time the Originals were decimated to 98-7, 70 balls had been bowled, the latter of the seven, Colin Munro, being bowled by Marchant de Lange, the Original posting an Original top score of 45, the Rockets, come the end of the Originals innings, needing 136 to book  a place in the latter stages.

And that they did, aided by the slight tweak to the batting order, the Rockets racing towards fifty in under forty balls, before Hales was caught by Salt, off Matthew Parkinson, who’d post bowling figures of 2-21 from his 20 balls.

Steven Mullaney went to Parkinson as well, caught by Joe Clarke, for 17, affording the Originals a glimmer of hope at 77-2, but Dawid Malan, having opened alongside Hales, and the genius of Samit Patel, would see the Rockets through.

Granted Malan went, with just ten balls remaining, Fredrick Klaassen taking much delight in taking that wicket, with the catch coming from Carlos Brathwaite, but he’d given the home side enough of a margin to play with; an unbeaten 35 from Patel, and a one-hit four from D’Arcy Short, the winning four, putting the Rockets into the latter stages, in style, courtesy of a seven wicket success.

As for the Women, they just couldn’t seem to collect a home success, no matter how hard they tried, facing the Originals seeing them trudge towards a target of 122-6 after opening the batting.

Granted five Rockets made double figures, three of whom passed twenty, and Sammy-Jo Johnson making 33, but it was all in vain from what became an Originals masterclass at the crease.

In the space of forty balls, as the Rockets Men inflicted on their Originals counterparts later on, then the Originals Women inflicted on the Rockets, they going from 29-1 to 85-4 in quick succession, Rachel Priest going first, for just 8 runs, followed by Sammy-Jo Johnson, who’d knocked 33, both falling to Alex Hartley, she posting 25-2.

Nat Sciver, and Katherine Brunt, would then both see the arm of Kate Cross, and it was now backs-against-the-wall for the hosts.

Heather Graham and Sarah Glenn kept the Rockets motoring along, but when first Graham, off Sophie Ecclestone for 21, and Abigail Freeborn for nought, from the same bowler, the Rockers were down to 110-6, with six balls remaining, Sarah Glenn’s unbeaten 23 at the death, eventually in van with the Rockets giving the Originals just a 123 target  to win.

Emma Lamb and Lizelle Lee took the crease for the Originals, the pair staying there for over half the innings before Lamb dropped, on 46, to Georgia Davis, caught by Katherine Brunt, the only Originals batter to fall, and with 96 of the 123 needed, already on the board.

Lizelle Lee fell just shy of a half century herself, posting an unbeaten 47 n/o as she, and a sturdy ten from Mignon du Preez, blitzed the Rockets to finish themselves on 124-1, and with it a huge, nine wicket win.

Rockets Women: Rachel Priest, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Natalie Sciver (capt), Katherine Brunt, Heather Graham, Sarah Glenn, Abigail Freeborn, Kathryn Bryce, Lucy Higham, Georgia Davis, Nancy Harman.

Rockets Men: D’Arcy Short, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Steven Mullaney, Samit Patel, Lewis Gregory (capt), Tom Moores, Rashid Khan, Matthew Carter, Marchant de Lange, Sam Cook.

Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham

*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).

*Main image @TrentBridge Samit Patel celebrates for the Rockets.

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