|Hundred gentlemen, Lord’s|
|Manchester Originals 120-9 (100 balls): Turner 26 (13); Cook 4-18, Patel 3-23|
|Trent Rockets 121-8 (98 balls): Malan 19, Kohler-Cadmore 18; Small 2-18|
|Trent Rockets won by two wickets|
|Scorecard; match center|
The Trent Rockets were crowned the Hundred Men’s Champions after beating Manchester Originals by two wickets in a thrilling and thrilling final at Lord’s.
Chasing just 121 to win, the Rockets struggled and needed 11 of the last five balls.
But in a roaring finale, captain Lewis Gregory fired his side over the line whipping Richard Gleeson for a stunning six and following with a four and a single to seal a win with two balls to spare.
As the ball reached the boundary, Rockets players burst onto the field and assaulted Gregory as an ability lord’s crowd roared.
“What a place to play,” Gregory said. “Winning a final here is incredible and the crowd has been fantastic tonight and throughout the competition.”
The momentum swung back and forth in the closing stages with the Originals on course for an unlikely win heading into the final set. They had struggled to 120-9 on their 100 balls.
The win means the Rockets join the Women’s Oval Invincibles, who beat Southern Brave to defend their title earlier todayas The Hundred champions in 2022.
Gregory delivers in a dramatic finale
After hitting the winning run, Gregory roared with delight. His batting partner, Luke Wood, threw his bat high into the night sky in celebration.
The Originals were probably the favorites as Gleeson was at the top of his mark but his full ball was sent brilliantly into the stands by Gregory – the 30-year-old all-rounder who played 12 times for England.
“Under pressure it was an exceptional shot,” former England bowler Steven Finn said on a BBC commentary.
“He hit that so cleanly. To maintain his focus, keep his form and time the ball to the limit, that was incredible composure.”
The six sent the supposedly neutral mob wild. From there, the game looked like the Rockets and a bad ball from Gleeson was cut to make the result certain.
The men’s tournament drifted for much of the Hundred this year with many one-sided matches, but tricky ground provided a low-scoring thriller to remember.
Cook impresses with the ball
The surface made the score harder than expected and as a result it was a trick bowling endgame rather than a six hit.
The Match Hero award went to Rockets pitcher Sam Cook, who took four wickets for just 18 runs in an impressive team display.
The Rockets offense doesn’t feature the biggest names, especially now foreign spinners Rashid Khan and Tabraiz Shamsi have left the tournament for other commitments, but their group of experienced and reliable bowlers have delivered, representing on the big stage. the English county system that produced these players.
Cook, a 25-year-old uncapped tailor who learned his trade with Essex in county cricket, fired Originals captain Laurie Evans and number three Wayne Madsen early on and came back at the end with two sharp Yorkers .
Meanwhile, 37-year-old spinner Samit Patel, who played the last of his 60 appearances for England in 2015, took three wickets and netted a hat-trick at one point.
The Rockets hitters worked hard for the chase, but the bowlers’ efforts should not be forgotten amid Gregory’s heroics.
The originals are awfully short
The Originals entered the final as an in-form side after six successive wins.
After disappointing with the bat, their bowlers limited the score and took regular wickets throughout the Rockets’ pursuit, including big scalps from Alex Hales and Dawid Malan for eight and 19 respectively.
The Originals visibly gained confidence as the pendulum swung and kept their holds under pressure.
Perhaps crucially, they failed to make their deliveries in the allotted time and as a result were punished by having to bring an extra outfield player inside the 30-yard circle.
That said, no defender would have been able to stop Gregory’s six and Evans was incredibly graceful in the loss.
“You have to hand it to the Trent Rockets, they played the best cricket all along,” he told BBC Two.
“I think we misread the pitch early on. I think all the way through we lost too many wickets and they played well. We just didn’t cross the line today.”
Trent Rockets win low-scoring thriller in men’s Hundred final