Jimmy Neesham Superb Inning Helped Oval Invincibles Beat Manchester Originals

Jimmy Neesham

The Oval Invincibles won the Men’s Hundred 2023 final by 14 runs against the Manchester Originals at Lord’s on Sunday. After being reduced to 34-5 in their innings, the Invincibles were rescued by a brilliant partnership of 127 between Tom Curran and Jimmy Neesham.

Curran scored 67 not out from 34 balls, while Neesham made an unbeaten 57 from 33 balls. The Originals got off to a good start, with Philip Salt and Jos Buttler putting on 34 for the first wicket. However, Tom Curran struck twice in quick succession to remove Salt, and the Originals were soon in trouble at 46-4.

Neesham and Curran then took charge, hitting the ball all over the park. Neesham hit 7 fours and a six, while Curran hit five sixes coupled with 4 fours. The duo put on an unbroken partnership of 127, which is the highest for any wicket in the history of the men’s Hundred.

The Originals needed 162 to win from their 100 balls, but they never got going. They were restricted to 147 for 6 in their 100 balls, with Will Jacks taking two wickets.

Tom Curran was named the player of the match for his brilliant innings. On the other hand, Neesham received a lot of praise. He said: “It was a great feeling to win the final. We had a tough start, but Tom and I managed to get the innings back on track. It was a lot of fun out there.”

The win means that the Oval Invincibles are the first team to win both the men’s and women’s Hundred tournaments. They will be hoping to defend their title in 2024.

Here are some other notable performances from the final:

Tom Curran: 67 not out from 34 balls (5 sixes)

Jimmy Neesham: 57 not out from 33 balls (7 fours, 1 six)

Will Jacks: 2-11 from 20 balls

Max Holden: 37 from 25 balls

Jamie Overton: 28 from 19 balls

The Men’s Hundred 2023 was a successful tournament, with plenty of excitement and drama. The Oval Invincibles are worthy winners, and they will be hoping to defend their title next year.