back of a length, Munro upper-cuts over short third, and the Originals win by six wickets with five balls to spare
Thanks for joining us this afternoon. Clinical stuff from the Originals who go second in the table, with five points from four games, leapfrogging the Fire who have a game in hand. There's one more game to come tonight in the Hundred, the Superchargers' men against the Invincibles, so jump over there shortly.
5.10pm: Pretty convincing performance from the Originals. Three key performances: Hartley and Ferguson with the ball, and Clarke with the bat. Munro and Salt played important hands too in the chase. For the Fire, du Plooy, Duckett and Critchley all played important cameos but their bowling didn't really click, and once the Originals got ahead of the game it was always going to be difficult to peg them back.
Joe Clarke is the hero of the match. "I was a bit everywhere after my first five or six balls. I love batting with Salty, we're always taking the aggressive option. [Better player now?] I had the experience of playing some franchise cricket over the winter and the responsibility of being an overseas player which I think makes you a better player. [No. 3 vs opening?] It doesn't change the way I go about things, just playing that aggressive brand of cricket that most teams play now. We thought it was going to be a worse wicket than it played. The bowlers thought they were 15-20 short which gave us confidence. [Disappointed to miss out on ODI squad?] Not really, I was actually isolating. I had Covid, so I was stuck in the room. It was so good to watch the depth of English cricket. [Far away?] I'm not sure, to be honest... just trying to enjoy playing for Notts and this opportunity with the Manchester Originals. [Word on Stokes] I'm sure all the cricketers around the world are with you and hoping you feel better soon."
2 off 6 required.
nails the yorker, but Munro digs it out straight down the ground for four! Bottom hand takes over, and he beats long-on, running round to his right
looks for the big shot down the ground, outside edge skews out to deep backward point
yorker, Munro skips down and inside-edges down to long leg
slower ball, banged in short, and it's too high! No-ball above head height Munro let it go through
airshot. Slower ball on a length, grips in the pitch, and Munro's big swipe only manages to connect with thin air
Payne to finish his allocation.
10 off 10 required as Carlos Brathwaite, the stand-in skipper, strides out to the middle.
Craig: "Controversial opinion- Welsh Fire look bang average minus Bairstow's leadership" -- Their attack has looked weak throughout to me.
played on! Short ball, angled towards Ackermann as he backed away, and he looked to run this away behind square with a late dab but was cramped for room, only managing to deflect it into the base of his stumps!
gives himself room, top-edges the pull as Neesham follows him. Phillips puts in the Superman diving running in from midwicket but can't quite get underneath it!
gives himself room, Neesham follows him. Heaved leg-side for one
ooft, how on earth do you describe that?! Dug into the pitch, angled across Munro as he shuffled across to lap it, and ends up scooping a cross-batted pull over the rope for six! Remarkable batting
yorker length, dug out down to long-off for one
Neesham to bowl the final five from the Cathedral Road End. 20 off 15, should be straightforward from here.
skids on, cut firmly in front of square, excellent diving stop by Cobb on the bounce to cut it off and keep them to one
flat leggie, punched out to deep point
legbreak, wide outside off, and slaps a cut away through backward point off the back foot! Excellent shot, sweetly struck, and all the pressure that had built up has vanished in the space of two balls
googly, reverse-lapped up and over, beating short third and racing away to the rope! Much needed, releasing the pressure. Didn't nail it, via the top edge, but it does the job
skips down, Critchley goes short and flat with the legbreak and nudges it back on the bounce
Critchley to finish up.
30 off 20 now. Tight five from Higgins.
strays onto the pads, nudged away into the leg side
full and straight, into the arc, chipped out to deep midwicket on the bounce
full on the pads, leading edge down to long-off, just past Higgins' dive in his follow-through
angled in, struck on the pad with the yorker, deflects to short third
Round the wicket