Phil Salt smashed a stunning 86 off 32 balls as Manchester Originals edged out holders Trent Rockets by 10 runs in The Hundred on Thursday. The England star batter hit 12 fours and 5 sixes in a blistering display, reaching his half-century from just 20 balls, to help the Originals post 181 for six at Trent Bridge.
The Rockets gave themselves a chance of chasing down the target with a strong fightback, but they were eventually restricted to 171 for five. Salt was the star of the show for the Originals, and he was particularly impressive in the powerplay, where he scored 58 runs from the first four overs.
He was eventually bowled by Sam Cook, but his innings had put the Originals in a strong position. The Rockets needed a good start to their chase, but they were dealt a blow early on when Alex Hales was caught behind for a duck off the first ball.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Colin Munro put on a partnership of 87, but the Rockets lost wickets at regular intervals after that. Kohler-Cadmore top-scored for the Rockets with 64, but they were eventually bowled out with five balls to spare.
The win was a much-needed one for the Originals, who have now won three of their last six matches.
They move up to third in the table, while the Rockets slip to fifth. Salt’s innings was a reminder of his potential, and he will be hoping to continue his good form in the coming weeks.
The Originals will be looking to build on their victory when they take on the opponents in upcoming games of the Hundred Men competition. The Hundred is a high-octane tournament that is known for its exciting matches, and this was no exception.
Both teams played some good cricket, and it was a close-fought contest until the end. In the end, brilliance by Phil Salt proved to be the difference, and the Originals deserved their victory