|Men’s hundred finals, Lord’s|
|Manchester Originals 120-9 (100 balls): leno 26 (13); Cook 4-18, Patel 3-23|
|Trent Rockets 121-8 (98 balls): Malan 19, Kohler-Cadmore 18; Small 2-18|
|Trent Rockets won by 8 wickets|
|scorecard; game center|
Trent Rockets were crowned Men’s Hundred Champions after beating Manchester Originals by two wickets in a thrilling, nerve-wracking final at Lord’s.
Chasing just 121 to win, the Rockets struggled and used 11 of their last five balls.
But in a stunning final, captain Lewis Gregory shot his side over the line, beating Richard Gleeson with a stunning six and following with two fours to seal a two-ball win.
As the ball hit the boundary, the Rockets players charged onto the field and pushed Gregory into the air while Lord’s crowd roared.
The momentum shifted from side to side in the closing stages, with the Originals on course for an unlikely win with five balls remaining.
They had battled their way to 120-9 from their 100 balls.
The win means the Rockets join the Oval Invincibles women. who beat Southern Brave to defend their title earlier in the dayas champions of The Hundred in 2022.
Gregory delivers in the dramatic finale
After hitting the winning runs, Gregory roared with delight. His hitting partner Luke Wood threw his bat high into the night sky in celebration.
The Originals were likely favourites, with Gleeson at the helm of his brand, but his full ball was sent brilliantly into the stands by Gregory – the 30-year-old all-rounder who has played 12 times for England.
“It was an excellent shot under pressure,” former England bowler Steven Finn said in a BBC commentary.
“He hit it so cleanly. There was incredible composure to keep your focus, keep your form and time the ball to the limit.”
The Six drove the supposedly neutral crowd wild. From there, the game felt like the Rockets’, and a poor ball from Gleeson was cut away to secure the result.
The men’s tournament has changed for much of the Hundred this year with many one-sided games but a tricky pitch made for a low-scoring thriller to remember.
Cook impresses with the ball
The surface made it harder than expected to score and as a result this was a final of skillful bowling rather than towering six-shots.
The Match Hero Award went to Rockets bowler Sam Cook, who won four wickets for just 18 carries in an impressive team effort.
The Rockets attack doesn’t feature the biggest names, especially now that foreign spinners Rashid Khan and Tabraiz Shamsi have left the tournament for other commitments, but their group of experienced, dependable bowlers has delivered and on the big stage the English county system represents that has produced these players.
Cook, a 25-year-old uncapped seaman who learned his trade at Essex in County Cricket, fired Originals captain Laurie Evans and number three Wayne Madsen at the start and returned with two spot-on Yorkers at the end.
Meanwhile, 37-year-old spinner Samit Patel, who played the last of his 60 games for England in 2015, took three wickets and had a hat-trick once.
The Rockets’ thugs worked hard in the chase, but the bowlers’ efforts shouldn’t be forgotten amidst Gregory’s exploits.