Jordan Thompson plays with the ball as the London Spirit Hammer Manchester Originals


Jordan Thompson showed his best Hundred bowling figures as London Spirit beat Manchester Originals by 52 runs to record a second straight win and top the table.

Seamer Thompson, who won two wickets in his tournament debut at the Oval last week, followed with a remarkable four for 21 from 20 to blunt the Originals for just 108 at Lord’s.

He was ably backed by the rest of the Spirit attack to secure a second straight defeat for the Manchester side as the 160 total for the home side’s six, with Zak Crawley top scorer with 41 of 34 goals, trumped more proved enough.

The result continued a remarkable turnaround for Eoin Morgan’s team, who have already racked up more wins than they had when they finished last year’s inaugural tournament.

After choosing to bat, Spirit soon lost Adam Rossington to a first-ball duck, the leg in front of it to Sean Abbott, and they struggled for momentum despite some powerful punches from Crawley.

His 54-from-33 partnership with Morgan boosted the home side’s prospects for a sizeable number of points, with the skipper beating both Tom Hartley and Matt Parkinson over the fence to reach 37-from-26.

The batting side, however, could make little of Paul Walter’s nagging line and his tempo changes – the Originals’ left arm ended with stingy numbers of two for 18 of his 20 deliveries.

After Morgan finally mistimed a drive from Walter that sailed into Long On’s hands, two more fast wickets wobbled Spirit slightly at 120 for five.

They were revived by an attacking cameo from Kieron Pollard, who smashed 34 of just 11 deliveries – including two brutal sixes from Fred Klaassen’s final set – to push his side to the 160 mark.

The Originals were counting on an explosive start from Jos Buttler – but England’s white-ball captain left after just six, overflying Thompson and Mason Crane running from the point for a difficult dive catch near the third man.

Spirit’s sailors ensured there were few boundaries in the early stages as only three balls out of the first 37 were registered and the visitors continued to shed wickets at regular intervals.

Thompson threw Wayne Madsen with a slower delivery and then had Walter caught on point, while the most noticeable dismissal was that of Andre Russell starting at the bowler’s end from Liam Dawson’s direct hit from the point.

As Phil Salt (36 of 34) watched the carnage from the other end, he did his best to hold the Originals’ innings together — but when he was bowled by Dawson, any faint hopes of recovery fled. Jordan Thompson plays with the ball as the London Spirit Hammer Manchester Originals

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