Laurie Evans blasts Manchester Originals into the Hundred final

Laurie Evans blasts Manchester Originals into the Hundred final after a blistering 72 off 34 helped his side reach London Spirit’s 150 target with 11 balls to spare… to set up Lord’s showdown with Trent Rockets

  • Manchester Originals opener Laurie Evans hit 72 off 34 in successful run chase
  • The Originals reached the 150 target set by the London Spirit in just 89 balls
  • Evans had come in for injured captain Jos Buttler who is out with a calf problem
  • The Surrey man hit seven 4s and three 6s and reached his 50 in just 19 balls
  • He and Lancashire’s Phil Salt shared an opening stand of 101-runs from 50 balls 
  • They will face Lewis Gregory’s Trent Rockets at Lords on Saturday September 3

Laurie Evans blasted a superb 72 off 34 balls to send Manchester Originals into the Hundred final after a five-wicket win over London Spirit.

Opening batter Evans, who replaced the injured Jos Buttler as captain of the Originals, got his side off to a flier in response to Spirit’s 150, with a 101-run stand with Phil Salt.

But a wobble led by Mason Crane (two for 35) and Nathan Ellis (two for 31) gave Eoin Morgan’s men hope before Ashton Turner and Tom Lammonby got Originals over the line with 11 balls to spare.

Surrey batter Laurie Evans won the Player of the Match award for his heroics with the bat

Originals will now face Trent Rockets at Lord’s in Saturday’s final.

After Adam Rossington fell to the second ball, Ben McDermott and Zak Crawley got the innings rolling with a 69-run stand after Spirit had chosen to bat first.

McDermott was imperious from ball two, which he thrashed over the square boundary before bashing through cover next ball.

Crawley was bowled by Paul Walter for a 23-ball 36, but McDermott kicked into the next gear as he guided through third to bring up a 33-ball fifty – his 59 one shy of his best for his county on this ground.

Evans and Phil Salt shared an opening stand of 101 runs for the Originals off just 51 balls

As an enormous total was brewing, the innings spluttered between balls 74 and 85, as Originals lost quick wickets.

First, Walter had McDermott caught at deep midwicket with a slower ball and then Eoin Morgan was caught at mid-off first ball. Ravi Bopara resolutely blocked the hat-trick ball, as Walter ended up with figures of three for 29.

Then in the following set, Matt Parkinson had Dan Lawrence holing out before Jordan Thompson’s leading edge gave him two-in-two, there was to be no hat-trick ball as the leg-spinner came to the end of his allocation.

The 34-year-old Evans hit ten boundaries in his blistering 72-run show – seven 4s and three 6s

Bopara starred in the final 15 balls, with a pair of sixes – the first swung square, the second a skier over long on – to smash 34 off 16 balls. Despite Liam Dawson slapping to extra cover, Spirit reached 150 for seven.

As the Originals replied, Evans had already struck four of his first eight balls to the boundary before slog-sweeping sweetly into the stands.

Another six over long-on, followed by a scampered two, took him to a 19-ball fifty – his first of the tournament.

London Spirit had set 150 for Originals to win courtesy of 59 off 38 from Ben McDermott

Salt had largely done his best to stay out of Evans’ way, but took centre stage when he launched Crane for six, and Evans matched him with a six of his own off Dawson.

The 101-run opening stand ended with ball 50 when Dawson had Salt caught and bowled, two balls later and Evans had swept Crane to deep square leg. The following set and Walter firmly hit to cover off Ellis.

The Hobart Hurricane then yorked Wayne Madsen, after a period of tight bowling, and Crane got Tristan Stubbs to squirt to point, to take the equation to 18 off 20 balls.

But Turner and Lammonby made sure they booked their place in the showpiece without any more worries.

Trent Rockets lie in wait for the Originals who will face the likes of Alex Hales and Dawid Malan

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