Dawid Malan scores 88 as Trent Rockets beat Northern Supercharges by seven wickets; watch Birmingham Phoenix vs Southern Brave live on Sky from 6pm Wednesday
Last update: 22/08/09 22:00
Dawid Malan had an onslaught night with the bat as the Trent Rockets beat the Northern Superchargers in The Hundred
Early success with the ball preceded Dawid Malan 88’s imperious tiebreak not knocked out as the Trent Rockets continued their winning start in the Men’s Hundred at the expense of Northern Superchargers at Headingley.
Northern Superchargers: 152-8 from 100 balls – Wiese (50 from 27 balls), Van de Merwe (30 from 24 balls); Bravo (1-28 on 20 balls)
Trent Rockets: 155-3 on 94 balls – Malan (88 on 49 balls), Hales (43 on 27 balls); Sams (3-31 on 20 balls)
History of the game
England fast bowler Luke Wood and colleague Luke Fletcher struck twice each as the guest-at-bat Superchargers slipped to 68 for six after 53 balls before a searing 50 from 27 from David Wiese secured respectability at 152 for eight.
But, in a notoriously fast venue, that would probably never be enough – and the Rockets won by seven wickets with six balls remaining.
Malan led the hunt at home, sharing 86 with opening partner Alex Hales (43). Malan hit three leg-side sixes on 49 balls.
The versatile Namibian Wiese produced five highs, the majority on the ground, in an entertaining save act alongside Roelof van der Merwe (30). The seventh wicket pair added 83 in 44.
It came after the home drive died down against precise and aggressive bowling from Fletcher and left-arm duo Wood and Overseas Australian Daniel Sams.
Sams got the Rockets’ numbers pick with three wickets for 31 carries from 20 balls.
Rockets’ Luke Wood first ball of the day saw Superchargers’ Adam Lyth caught off guard
Adam Lyth dominated the first ball of the game – a draw to Wood – short-legged before captain Faf du Plessis left Sams behind to leave the Superchargers at 14 for two after eight balls.
Michael Pepper, Dwayne Bravo, John Simpson and Adam Hose all went down after making starts.
The latter was puzzled by Tom Kohler-Cadmore on Samit Patel’s left arm spin, a particularly close call which led third referee Steve O’Shaughnessy to exclaim amusingly: “Oh giddy aunt, that doesn’t doesn’t help me much” when shown a different reading angle.
Wiese was below an off-ball Fletcher in 20 and then caught the free kick, allowing him to boost the Superchargers.
Northern Superchargers hitter David Wiese raised his 50 with back-to-back sixes against the Trent Rockets
They were missing Harry Brook due to England Lions duty and injured David Willey, meaning Lyth and Adil Rashid were the only two Yorkshire players in their roster. The Rockets included three in Kohler-Cadmore, Malan and his favorite son Joe Root.
A crowd of 13,836 basked in the glorious Headingley sunshine. They saw Malan, strong on both sides of the wicket, dropped at nine by Hose for cover from Wiese early in the chase.
It was the kind of chance you had to take.
Hales crushed Wiese to the ground for six to end the second set five-19 without a loss. Already, the way back was tough for the Superchargers.
Hales and Malan both dropped six more on the midwicket in the west terrace, taking the Rockets to 58 after 23.
When Hales and Kohler-Cadmore – in Rashid and Ben Raine – both holed out in the space of 10 balls, the score became 93 for two after 62.
However, Malan hit his half-century with 36 balls and ensured there would be no surprise turnarounds in proceedings with his highest scoring in 11 hundred innings.
Wednesday’s game will pit Birmingham Phoenix against Southern Brave. Build on Sky Sports The Hundred, Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports Main Event starts at 6pm before the first ball at 6.30pm. You can also watch the match via our free live stream on skysports.com, the Sky Sports app and the Sky Sports Cricket YouTube channel.
Watch every The Hundred game this summer live on Sky Sports. Women’s competition begins on Thursday August 11 with the defending champions Oval Invincibles taking on the Northern Superchargers at the Kia Oval (6:30pm start).
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