The Hundred Men Northern Superchargers v Manchester Originals at York August 13th

Neil Whitaker reports

JAMIE  Overton hit an unbeaten 83 off 30 balls with nine fours and sixes as the Manchester Originals beat the Northern Supercharges by 41 runs in a match reduced to 90 balls a side.

His 83 rescued  the Manchester Originals innings and gave their bowlers something to defend because when he came into bat after a rain delay the Originals lost two wickets without adding to their score and then Overton got down to work   as the ball flew to the boundary for either a six or a four.  As he  went for the big hits he reached his 50 off 20 balls  with the  weakest shot of his innings when he  underedged a pull off Reece Topley. With  Tom Hartley they added 72 off 27 balls with  Overton scoring  61 off 20 balls.

He said: “It was great fun, I’ve been trying to control my batting.  I’ve been getting 20’s or 30’s without getting a big score but I knew it won’t be long before I got one and it was today.  I got myself set for the last 10 balls. I thought that 180 was a par score because the ball started to turn.”

Originals captain Jos Buttler  won  the toss and decided to bat but the Originals lost two early wickets before reaching double figures to Topley who finished with three for 29. The third wicket partnership of 65 between Laurie Evans and Paul Walter looked to have given the Originals innings a platform to build on but it was broken immediately after a rain break when Walter went  down the pitch to Brydon Carse got an outside edge and Callum Parkinson took the catch at third man.  

Without adding to the score Evans pulled Adil Rashid to Matthew Short on the deep mid wicket boundary.  After hitting Parkinson for a straight six,  the Supercharges went up for a stumping off a wide.  The TV replay showed the ball had brushed Ashton Turner's pad and Tom Banton completed the stumping so umpire David Milnes had to cancel the wide.

Topley got his third wicket of the innings when Usama Mir top edged a cut and Parkinson ran from third man to take a diving catch.

Overton was the star for the Originals with the bat, leg spinner Usama Mir was the Originals star with the ball taking four wickets for 19. He  struck with his first ball bowling Matthew Short with one that skidded on.  Two balls later Banton backed away to the legside and was bowled.  Usama Mir got his third wicket when Adam Hosed reversed swept him to Walter at point.

A couple sets earlier it had looked so different for the Supercharges when Short deposited Ben Raine’s second ball over the square leg boundary and lofted the next ball for a one bounce over cover.  In the next set he edged a yorker from  JoshTongue just wide of stumper Buttler to the boundary.

Harry Brook launched Usama Mir for a straight six.  He tried repeating the shot two balls later  but found Evans on the edge of the long off boundary who took a simple catch.  

Hartley got on the wicket list when David Wiese skied a drive and found Overton on the mid wicket boundary.  By now it was a procession back to the hutch: Carse pulled Josh Little  and Phil Salt took the catch on the mid wicket boundary.

Supercharges Wayne Parnell flat batted Little to Overton on the long on boundary. With 56 needed off nine balls Saif Zaib pulled Tongue to Turner on the long on boundary.  Rashid had a big swing at  a slower ball from Walter missed the ball and was bowled.

Topley said: “We had a great start but then they got away from us and they ended up getting too many runs.  I thought that we had an opportunity to knock 15 runs off our bowling effort but we’ll learn from it for our return match with them next Sunday. Today was Overton’s day.”


August 19, 2023 4:27 pm

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