length ball whistles over off stump, Cullen swings and misses again. Trent Rockets hold on to claim a dramatic low-scoring thriller!
9.02 pm The Trent Rockets spinners rally them to win the match against the odds. Brilliant from Matt Carter while Rashid Khan, Samit Patel and Darcy Short all chipped in as well. I know Carter and Samit Patel finished with the same amount of wickets but Carter was the standout in the innings. The Rockets remain undefeated and at the top of the table on six points taking three from three while the Spirit remain in search of their first win. van der Merwe top-scoring with 25 not out off 18 balls tells you all you need to know about the failure of the top-order to contribute.
Match Hero is Darcy Short for his first innings dig and economical spell with the ball: "I was looking for 150 at the start but the last over helped us out at the end and I was happy to get to 120-130. It was a slow pitch, the ball was holding a bit and it was tough to get going when you come in. It was either hit out or get out at the end trying to put a total on the board. It was a good crowd to play in front of. Instead of empty grounds, it's always good to have people out here supporting the game."
London Spirit captain Eoin Morgan: "Another fantastic game. The crowd came out tonight and it was outstanding to see such an electric atmosphere at the home of cricket in a new format that really is taking off. We're gutted we didn't win tonight. We thought we handed them the game a little bit. I thought we bowled really well, both sides did, but in a run chase like that knowing what you have to chase, we have to take on more responsibility and play better. I thought Roelof van der Merwe and Blake Cullen towards the end really did keep us in the game, but we didn't deserve to win that game. Up and down the country, I've watched every game so far and you see the home support is fantastic. It's great to see for a guy like myself who has played his whole career at this club [Middlesex] to see an electric atmosphere at the home of cricket for this new format really does show the success of it so far. We've got to be quite logical in the way we look at [how we've] not putting partnerships together. I think we were only one partnership away from chasing that total down. Every attacking shot we seemed to play didn't come off. I think when you're chasing and having the advantage of knowing the total you're chasing, you have to take advantage of that and we didn't. I really enjoy the new rules and the ability to bowl 10 balls, two sets in a row, it's been outstanding. The other advantage I really like is when you take a wicket the new batsman is always on strike. I think that could be applied in all formats of the game. I really do think it adds a new dynamic to the game. I generally think [women] will be the biggest benefactors of this tournament. The last game here there were 12,500 people watching, really getting behind the girls and cheering them on. The standard that we've watched playing women's cricket has really been brilliant and I think it will only get better as the tournament goes on."
That's all from Lord's tonight as the Rockets make a clean sweep in both the women's and men's matches. For Alan Gardner at Lord's and Andrew Miller on commentary, I'm Peter Della Penna. Come back tomorrow for more coverage of the Hundred. Until then, take care!
8 to win now off the last ball. Gregory comes over to tell de Lange the obvious....
length ball outside leg stump, Cullen backs away heaving again for the leg side but catches nothing but air. The crowd deflates....
knee high full toss on off stump, van der Merwe swings for the moon over midwicket but instead slices a thick edge very fine that somehow picks out a very perfectly placed deep third man fielding very fine on the rope.
Lengthy delay between balls as Alex Hales comes over to chat with de Lange. Lewis Gregory comes over for a word too.
leg stump yorker attempted, in truth it's a knee high full toss that Cullen fans on and somehow it goes through his legs while miraculously missing the stumps. van der Merwe alertly calls him through for a bye.
another slower length ball on leg stump at 72 mph, Cullen isn't fooled while backing away from the stumps and uppercuts this over short third man. The crowd goes berserk!
Is that last maximum giving the captain second thoughts about having de Lange bowl 10 straight? Not quite. The big South African still has the ball in hand with 14 runs needed to win.
de Lange goes length, Cullen goes boom over midwicket! de Lange bangs it in short but not nearly short or wide enough, sits up on fifth stump and is cranked over the rope just barely landing two yards beyond.
back of a length following van der Merwe backing away from leg, guides this to third man.
slower bouncer from de Lange at 81 mph over leg stump, van der Merwe backs away to uppercut this over third man but is defeated.
what a shot! Yorker on leg stump, van der Merwe backs away to carve this off the stumps to split mid-off and extra cover to the rope.
full and wide at 92 mph, serious gas and Cullen whips this through mid-on for one.
de Lange has 10 balls left. He can bowl 10 straight to finish if he wants. 26 off 10 to win for the Spirit. de Lange comes around the stumps to Cullen.
full and very wide on the guidelines, van der Merwe shuffles across and slams a drive back to Samit who stops it diving to his left.
full and wide of the stumps, punched through cover for a single.
full on the stumps, steps down the track and flicks this elegantly over midwicket in the ring, looked like it was heading for the rope but is cut off very well and relayed in for a pair.
short on fifth stump, van der Merwe laces a pull along the turf to deep midwicket.
full on the stumps, flicked through midwicket for one.
Samit returns to finish his quota.
Amir's charge goes awry! He was doing crazy things whenever he was on strike and this tops the list. Rashid saw it coming and dragged the length back on leg stump, Amir's wild heave sends a breeze to midwicket while the ball continues on to Moores who whips off the bails in no time.
googly on fourth stump is guided wide of short third man by van der Merwe.
Amir exposes his stumps backing away outside leg and chops an inside edge off a ball heading for leg stump and gets it through fine leg for one.
good length ball worked through the ring for one.
Amir backs way away from leg stump to play a lofted drive to the cover sweeper Malan, who grows alligator arms in record time and pulls out of a catching attempt as the ball lands in front of him by three yards. Rashid is not amused.
|Toss||London Spirit (Men), elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||29 July 2021 - night (100-ball match)|
|Points||Trent Rockets (Men) 2, London Spirit (Men) 0|