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28th Match (N), The Oval, Aug 14 2021, The Hundred Men's Competition
Invincibles won by 2 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
67 (37)
laurie-evans
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• Matt Roller

Laurie Evans rescues tough chase to put Oval Invincibles second

Invincibles guaranteed knockout place if they beat Southern Brave on Monday night

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Scorecard summary
London Spirit (Men)146/7(100 balls)
Eoin Morgan41 (20)
Joe Denly35 (35)
Tom Curran2/33(20)
Oval Invincibles (Men)147/8(95 balls)
after 95 balls13 runs • 1 wicket
OI-M: 147/8
Laurie Evans67 (37)
Reece Topley0 (0)
Blake Cullen 1/35 (20)

9.50 pm: Well that's that for the Hundred action today. Invincibles have shot up to second on the points table. We have just the final round of league games remaining and it's going to be mighty exciting. Till then, this is Saurabh Somani, signing off on behalf of Hemant, Chandan and Ranjith.

Laurie Evans: Nice to get running in the tournament. Lot of guys have been putting in performances, so it's nice to finally arrive. I suppose been playing this game a while and I take pride in finishing games off. (nerves?) Yeah! I missed out on a few full tosses, so I was glad to put that last one away. Home advantage is huge, I want to thank everyone for coming out. Great to see the tournament thriving as it should.

9.45 pm: Evans ends with 67 off 37, having played a blinder. Came in with wickets having fallen, and teed off with one brilliant shot after another. His stand with Will Jacks was brilliant, but he had to stay and take the team home when Jacks was out, and wickets kept falling. Didn't matter to Evans, who stuck to his game, and finished off the chase. Brilliant, brilliant hand.

95
6
Cullen to Evans, SIX runs

Evans has finished it off in style. He had mis-timed a few after playing pristinely, and finally nails one again. Booming swing of the bat and the ball flies over long-on, a long way over. Nerves? what nerves? Evans has taken Invincibles one step closer to qualification

94
W
Cullen to Evans, 1 run, OUT

Saqib is run out at the bowler's end trying to get Evans on strike. Full toss again, and he's going so hard at them he's losing shape and timing. This is to long-on and there's never a two there.

Saqib Mahmood run out (Denly/Cullen) 1 (5m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100
93
1
Cullen to Mahmood, 1 run

dug in short and he swivels to pull this with nonchalant force to deep square leg. Top drawer shot, but only a single for it.

now Mahmood on strike.

92
1
Cullen to Evans, 1 run

another low full toss outside off and he goes really hard at it, can't time it well, one bounce to long-off

92
4nb
Cullen to Evans, (no ball) 2 runs

low full toss outside off and he leathers it over extra cover, who's leaping up but can't get fingers to it. Sweeper does well to run to his left and dive to stop the ball but the bowler has over-stepped No-ball and free hit coming up.

91
Cullen to Evans, no run

nicely done, yorker on off, and he can only bottom-edge it back to the bowler

Spirit are hanging in there. 13 off 10 needed, and Evans is losing support at the other end.

CHANGE OF END
after 90 balls2 runs • 1 wicket
OI-M: 134/7Need 13 from 10 balls
Laurie Evans57 (32)
Brad Wheal 2/23 (20)
90
W
Wheal to Tom Curran, OUT

moves well across to slog sweep and loses his stumps. Not the best choice of shot perhaps. He had moved so far across all three stumps were exposed, and once you do that, you have to lay bat on ball. He misses connecting and the ball homes in on the stumps.

Tom Curran b Wheal 8 (9m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 114.28
89
Wheal to Tom Curran, no run

short ball, latched on to that with a fierce pull and kept it down - but straight to short midwicket. Valuable dot ball

88
1
Wheal to Evans, 1 run

too full on the pads, flicked to deep square leg

87
Wheal to Evans, no run

yorker on off, Evans mis-read that and had to jam it back to the bowler's left

86
1
Wheal to Tom Curran, 1 run

back of a length on the stumps, whips it off his thigh pad to fine leg

Still run a ball and Crane is bowled out now. Should Morgan have given him a 10 first up when he struck in his first five?

after 85 balls5 runs
OI-M: 132/6Need 15 from 15 balls
Tom Curran7 (4)
Laurie Evans56 (30)
Mason Crane 1/22 (20)
85
Crane to Tom Curran, no run

goes right back and clips it off his pads to midwicket

84
1
Crane to Evans, 1 run

good length on leg stump, spinning across, he's hanging on the back foot and pushes at it with hard hands, but gets it past the bowler

83
1
Crane to Tom Curran, 1 run

pushes at this length ball outside off, half steers it to short third man

82
2
Crane to Tom Curran, 2 runs

tossed up outside off, fuller length, Curran has a big swipe at it, manages to get enough to clear extra cover in the circle.

81
1
Crane to Evans, 1 run

length ball outside off, turning away, slapped through cover

Run a ball now. 20 off 20. Crane is back.

CHANGE OF END
after 80 balls9 runs • 1 wicket
OI-M: 127/6Need 20 from 20 balls
Tom Curran4 (1)
Laurie Evans54 (28)
Blake Cullen 1/22 (15)
80
4
Cullen to Tom Curran, FOUR runs

amazing shot first up. Cullen was going for the yorker again, can't get it right, it's a leg-stump half volley and Curran calmly uses wrists to flick it forward of square for a boundary

Tom Curran is the new man.

79
W
Cullen to Blake, OUT

yorked him. Inch perfect leg-stump yorker, Blake was making room to free his arms, can't do anything about that, and stumps are rearranged.

Alex Blake b Cullen 1 (9m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
78
1
Cullen to Evans, 1 run

length on the pads, pushed to midwicket

77
4
Cullen to Evans, FOUR runs

inside edge goes for four and that's fifty for Evans. Bit of an anti-climactic shot to get there after the brilliant ones he's played all through. Full on off, went hard at it, got the inside edge that ran past the stumps, and very fine.

Best performances - batters
Laurie Evans
LJ Evans OI-M
67 runs (37)
4 fours
4 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
cover drive
19 runs
1 four
2 sixes
28172211115
Will Jacks player profile
WG Jacks OI-M
44 runs (26)
4 fours
2 sixes
Control88%
Productive shot
pull
14 runs
0 four
2 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Tabraiz Shamsi portrait
T Shamsi OI-M
B
20
0s
9
R
25
W
3
RPB
1.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Kennington Oval, London
TossLondon Spirit (Men), elected to bat first
SeriesThe Hundred Men's Competition
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Laurie Evans
Laurie Evans
Match days14 August 2021 - night (100-ball match)
Umpires
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Neil Mallender
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Nick Cook
TV Umpire
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Neil Bainton
Reserve Umpire
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Tim Robinson
Balls per over5
Match Referee
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Wayne Noon
PointsOval Invincibles (Men) 2, London Spirit (Men) 0