Rockets Roar To Second Win

Northern Superchargers 152/8-155/3 Trent Rockets Men (The Hundred Men) 09.08.22

A stunning performance from Dawid Malan helped Trent Rockets to a second win of the season in the men’s Hundred competition as the Rockets go joint top with London Spirit from their opening matches played.

Another packed house at Headingley saw the Rockets get off to the best start possible, after winning the toss and deciding to field it was Luke Wood first ball who had Adam Lyth caught by Luke Fletcher for a golden duck.

Next up was du Plessis who after facing just two balls, went to the bowling of Daniel Sams for another scoreless return, Dwayne Bravo and Michael Pepper did restore some stability until the latter was bowled by Wood for 15, Bravo going soon after on 19 caught brilliantly by Joe Root off the bowling of Luke Fletcher.

John Simpson struggled to double figure before he was caught by Samit Patel off the bowling of Fletcher whilst Adam Hose went for a big one and was stumped by Kohler-Cadmore off Patel’s slow spin bowling.

Enter the all African Roelof van der Merwe and David Wiese who not only restored some parity for the hosts, but got the Superchargers into a winnable position, a seventh wicket stand of 83 had the home crowd on their feet, South African van der Merwe hitting 30 from 24 balls whilst compatriot Wiese, born in Namibia, hit a stunning 50 off 27 including 5 sixes before falling short to Sams with three balls remaining.

With van der Mauwe giving up his wicket last ball to the bowling of Sams who finished with 3 for 31 off 20 balls, the Superchargers with 152 on the board set a tough target for Trent, but one the Rockets would relish.

Alex Hales and Dawid Malan would immediately get to work. Hales hitting 43 off 27 before Rashid had him caught by Simpson with the response already a whopping 86 for 1 off 53 balls.

Kohler Cadmore’s stay would be short, just one run before falling to Ben Raine, but Colin Munro would steady the ship as he alongside Malan got the Rockets to within victory celebrations launch.

By the time Munro went for 15, the Rockets were needing just seven off ten balls with seven wickets in hand and by then, Malan in full swing, only one result was possible.

The England international eventually hitting the final four with six balls remaining, an impressively stunning 88 not out from 44 balls including 11 fours and three sixes to deservedly scoop the man of the match prize.

Next up for the Rockets is a trip to Old Trafford and Manchester Originals on Saturday, this after the women open up their account at the same venue, against the same opposition, on the same day.

Northern Superchargers: Faf du Plessis (c), Adam Lyth, Michael Pepper, Adam Hose, John Simpson, David Wiese, Roelof van der Merwe, Dwayne Bravo, Ben Raine, Matthew Potts, Adil Rashid.

Trent Rockets: Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Colin Munro, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Joe Root, Lewis Gregory (c), Samit Patel, Daniel Sams, Luke Wood, Luke Fletcher, Tabraiz Shamsi.

Venue: Headingley, Leeds

*Main image @TrentBridge Dawid Malan was in terrific form with the bat.

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