Oval Invincibles clinch inaugural men’s Hundred title with a stunning turnaround. Tom Curran’s unbeaten 67* and partnership with Neesham rescue innings, leaving Manchester Originals 14 runs short at 147/6
In a stunning display of determination and skill, Oval Invincibles secured their first men’s Hundred title by defeating Manchester Originals in a nail-biting contest. Oval Invincibles managed to overcome the odds after being reduced to 34 for 5, and their remarkable recovery propelled them to a total of 161 for 5. The duo of Tom Curran and Jimmy Neesham played pivotal roles in their resurgence, setting a new record for the biggest partnership in the history of the men’s competition.
Tom Curran, hailed as the match hero, showcased an exceptional all-round performance that single-handedly turned the tide in favor of the Invincibles. He scored an unbeaten 67 off 34 balls, a knock that showcased his ability to anchor an innings under pressure. Neesham complemented Curran’s effort with a brisk 57 off 33 balls, setting the stage for a remarkable partnership of 127 runs off just 65 balls.
The path to victory was paved with challenges for Oval Invincibles as they lost key wickets early in the innings. Jason Roy, Sam Curran, and Paul Stirling were dismissed for low scores, leaving the team in a precarious position. However, the unyielding partnership between Curran and Neesham brought them back into the game and propelled them to a competitive total.
Manchester Originals, who had set themselves the target of 162, failed to capitalize on their previous night’s triumph. Their stars from the previous match, Phil Salt and Jos Buttler, struggled to make an impact, managing only 25 and 11 runs respectively. Tom Curran, once again proving his worth, struck early by dismissing Salt, and the Originals found it difficult to recover from the blows.
Despite valiant efforts from Max Holden, who contributed 37 runs, Manchester Originals couldn’t muster the required momentum to chase down the target. The Originals managed to score 147 for 6 in their allotted overs, falling short by 14 runs. Oval Invincibles’ bowling attack, led by Tom Curran, showcased their prowess by keeping the Originals’ batsmen in check.
Curran’s exceptional performance with both bat and ball earned him the well-deserved Match Hero award. His contributions throughout the tournament showcased his versatility and resilience, transforming him into a key player for Oval Invincibles.
The victory marked a historic moment for Oval Invincibles, who had previously missed out on the knockout stages in the first two seasons of the Hundred. This time, their determination, teamwork, and the extraordinary performance by Tom Curran and Jimmy Neesham paved the way for their well-deserved championship title. The celebrations that ensued were a testament to their hard-fought journey to men’s Hundred glory.