Manchester Originals have it all with the 99th-ball win over Northern Superchargers who registered a close victory by 3 wickets with just 1 ball left at the end of The Hundred 2023. Kathyrn Bryce bagged the Player of the Match for the valuable knock of 32 off 27 balls and the prowess with the ball that got her 2 scalps at the cost of 19 runs.
Northern Superchargers won the toss and chose to bat. Mahika Gaur kicked the assault off with a great spell churning the best out of her and gifting an early wicket on the very second and tenth ball of the match in the big names of Marie Kelly and Phoebe Litchfield.
And a much-awaited relief finally came on the 17th and 20th ball as Jemimah Rodrigues fixed things off with great valour and confidence opening the face of her bat for the first time after a shaky start. Hollie Armitage too chipped in and joined hands with Rodrigues to sum the powerplay up with two boundaries.
Things were looking to be in control, but Rodrigues too got succumbed in the fray on the 35th ball as she met her LBW and a double-set attack by Amanda-Jade Wellington. Singles were the only way out post the wicket, but Armitage pulled much power to get an awaited boundary on the 51st ball.
So went for the next sets too where Alice Davidson-Richards and Armitage could only manage the quick rotation of the strikes until Richards finally opened up to oust Wellington for two boundaries on the 72nd and 75th ball but unfortunately, she too had to depart for the dugout on the 84th ball which was followed by Bess Heath’s dismissal on the very next ball.
This somewhat brought a torrential fall of wickets as Georgia Wareham and Kate Cross left for the pavilion in quick succession. And the Superchargers’ inning could only be contributed with a boundary more from the bat of Armitage until she too finally got succumbed on the 99th ball. Fortunately, Superchargers were off the 100-run mark setting a target of 107 at the loss of 8 thanks to Armitage’s single-handedly outstanding 46-run knock.
The Originals’ chase started in a mix of happenings as Emma Lamb got off the mark on the very first ball with a fantastic boundary but the very next ball called her sudden dismissal. Despite the second ball wicket in a low-scoring match-up, Fi Morris held her bat high to come up and keep the attack on with two boundaries to Kate Cross.
A confident Cross too was laid off by Linsey Smith on the 17th ball at a mere score of 12 off 11 balls. Next in the queue was Laura Wolvaardt who was bowled down by Wareham on the 28th ball after a somewhat managed powerplay of 30 runs for the loss of 2. And this further resulted in the collapse of the middle order as Eleanor Threlkeld and Deandra Dottin goodbye-ed the ground in quick succession.
Wellington and Kathryn Bryce took much power to their bats to put a pause on the rapid fall of wickets with a couple of boundaries from both of them after a series of quick running between the wickets to keep the scoreboard moving. And after a session of fine sublime strokes, Originals were at 90 for the loss of 5 after 85 balls which was neared by Wellington’s 85th ball boundary.
As just 18 were needed off 15 balls, the third-last set could only produce three singles and a double to keep the match on hold which was further met with a dramatic end that cost Kathryn Bryce and Sophie Ecclestone’s wickets after Wellington hit her last boundary on the 91st ball in The Hundred 2023.
Two consecutive wickets on the 97th and 98th ball had much to do with the result of the match but George’s quick double on the second last ball of the chase made things done for the Originals after a fighting finish from the Superchargers that brought the Originals to the close of the match despite the chase being a low one.
The Hundred 2023: Manchester Originals vs Northern Superchargers Brief Scores
Northern Superchargers 107/8 in 100 balls (Hollie Armitage 46, Alice Davidson Richards 27; Amanda Jade-Wellington 2-17, Kathryn Bryce 2-19, Mahika Gaur 2-21) lost to Manchester Originals 108/7 in 99 balls (Amanda Jade-Wellington 33*, Kathryn Bryce 32; Georgia Wareham 3-7) by 3 wickets.