Jamie Overton played a stunning innings of 83 not out off just 30 balls to lead Manchester Originals to a 40-run victory over Northern Superchargers in The Hundred. Overton’s explosive knock included nine fours and six sixes, helping his team post a total of 182-6. Rain interrupted the Originals’ innings, resulting in Superchargers needing 182 runs from 90 balls. However, they could only manage 141-9, falling short of the target.
Pakistan spinner Usama Mir was the standout bowler for the Originals, taking 4-19, which included the crucial wicket of England batsman Harry Brook. This win, achieved through the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method, was the Originals’ second victory of the tournament, taking them up to fourth place in the table.
Superchargers, on the other hand, suffered their second consecutive home defeat, following their loss to Oval Invincibles on Friday. They currently sit in second place in the standings.
In other notable performances, England left-arm seamer Reece Topley took three wickets for the Originals, including the early dismissals of Phil Salt and Jos Buttler. Salt has struggled to find form in this year’s competition, scoring only 25 runs in five games. Laurie Evans impressed with his stroke play, making 41 off just 18 balls.
Superchargers made a rapid start in their chase, reaching 49-0, but Mir’s four-wicket haul caused a collapse. He dismissed Matt Short and Tom Banton in quick succession before removing Adam Hose and Brook. Brook managed to hit a six off Mir over the roof of the ground before his dismissal. Mir now has six wickets in the tournament.
The match was attended by a record crowd of 15,308 at Headingley, the highest for a Superchargers men’s game.
Reflecting on his match-winning innings, Overton expressed his delight and stated that he has been waiting for such a knock for a few years. He credited his innings for putting his team in a strong position and described it as a good performance on the opposition’s home ground.
Fans can catch all the action from The Hundred on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer every Wednesday and Saturday, with the finals scheduled for Sunday, August 27.