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Billings leads Oval Invincibles to victory as the men's 100-ball roster kicks off

Cricbuzz, Bangalore
Billings leads Oval Invincibles to victory as the men's 100-ball roster kicks off
Sam Billings of the Oval Invincibles, who top-scored with 49, hits out against the Manchester Originals at the Oval on Thursday in the inaugural men’s match in the Hundred. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/ECB/Getty

Sam Billings led the Oval Invincibles to a nine-run win over Manchester Originals as an 18,000-strong crowd cheered from the stands, flagging off the men's 100-ball itinerary a day after the women's tournament took off.

Billings, the Invincibles captain, scored 49 off 30 on a sluggish, second-hand pitch at the Oval after his counterpart, Jos Buttler, opted to bowl first. Tom Hartley accounted for both the openers in Jason Roy and Sam Curran, getting the latter off the fifth ball off the innings. Roy hit four boundaries in his 12-ball 22 at the top but his dismissal off the 23rd ball of the innings put the focus on the middle order.

At that point in time, the Sunil Narine experiment at No.3 had also failed, with Fred Klaassen trapping the West Indian right in front. Billings strode out to the crease at 32/3 and soon lost Will Jacks to Matthew Parkinson's spin, but the arrival of Colin Ingram helped burgeon a defining 57-run stand off 37 balls and paved the way for a total of 145/8, which looked short of par at the halfway mark in the match. Only 14 runs came off the last 10 balls but all of them were by Tom Curran who chipped in with 29 not out off 18 balls.Defending 145 against the likes of Jos Buttler and Colin Munro, Billings started with Sam Curran and Saqib Mahmood from both ends. It came as a bit of a surprise after two spinners were the only bowlers to deliver 20 balls each in the first innings but the ploy paid immediate dividends when Sam Curran got rid of Philip Salt in an extended 10-ball opening spell.

Narine replaced Sam Curran and made an impact with the all-important wicket of Buttler. It was a wicket that also belonged to Ingram who dived full length at cover to get hold of the leading edge. Narine didn't pick another wicket but finished with 8 dots in his 20-ball spell that was nothing short of defining.

Calvin Harrison and Carlos Brathwaite added 53 runs for the sixth wicket, leaving the latter 19 runs to get from the last five balls. But Sam Curran returned in style, taking over the bowling from his brother Tom Curran and accounting for Brathwaite with the first of the last five balls.

Brief Scores: Oval Invincibles 145/8 in 100 balls (Billings 49; Klaassen 3-23)beat Manchester Originals136/7 in 100 balls (Brathwaite 37; Nathan Sowter 2-18)by nine runs.

KK

 

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