The competition is back on our television screens to inspire Partridge-esque shrugs from critics.
“Hi Susan, I was a little bored watching The Hundred, so I dismantled my Corby trouser press,” as the failed presenter all but says to the manager of the Linton Travel Tavern.
For traditionalists, the 100-ball tournament should be limited to the equivalent of the 4am time slot. up with the partridge in Radio Norwichor, better yet, not seen or heard at all, let alone given the primetime exposure on summer nights.
However, there is no denying that many enjoy it and were at Old Trafford, reveling in the usual hype, din and hoopla.
At the end of a night of “unmissable edge-of-the-seat entertainment”, as the blurb put it, Northern Superchargers had beaten Manchester Originals by six wickets with six balls remaining to get their campaign off to a successful start.
After winning the toss, the Superchargers restricted the Originals to 161-4, a pretty decent total on a pretty slow pitch.
But half a century from Adam Lyth, allied to an unbeaten 33 from county team-mate Harry Brook, and an excellent all-around performance from David Willey with a little help, too, from Adil Rashid, ensured that all four ‘Yorkshiremen’ of this particular apocalypse, so to speak, more than played their part.
In bright sunshine, Willey had gotten off to a good start for the Superchargers, who had Phil Salt trapped in Brook coverage (16-1 of 11). Jos Buttler and Wayne Madsen added 84 for the second wicket, Madsen also taking Willey’s cover for 43 of 26.
Rashid bowled Buttler for the highest score of 59 of 41 before hitting late by Andre Russell (29 out) and Paul Walter (23), who hit three sixes, lifted the hosts to a challenging score, Walter passing lbw Dwayne Bravo four balls out.
Faf du Plessis, the captain of the Superchargers, hit a pair of sixes before driving Russell down the middle (30-1 of 18).
Michael Pepper went inside out and was caught on the edge of coverage (65-2 for 38), but Lyth played in typical flair and style, hitting six fours and a six on his way to 51 from 30 before finding point.
Willey hit a pair of sixes in a good 29-for-21 hand, finally dying at the mid-wicket limit, while Brook also hit two highs in his 19-ball innings.
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This notice was published: 2022-08-05 22:40:37