Jos Buttler shines but Manchester Originals lose to Northern Superchargers


Jos Buttler’s measured 59 couldn’t stop the Manchester Originals from slipping to a thrilling Hundred defeat in the Cross Pennine derby against Northern Superchargers at Emirates Old Trafford.

The England white-ball captain had just his second half-century in 14 innings since replacing Eoin Morgan in late June, his top finish in a contested 161 for four.

But that total was surpassed by six wickets and as many balls, thanks to opener Adam Lyth’s 51 of 30 balls and a crucial 33 from England star future Harry Brook, including two sixes on the side of the leg.

Buttler worked the ball well in a 41-ball innings that showed brilliant flashes in the opening game for the two rivals.

After being inserted, Buttler hit one of eight sixes in a Manchester innings that started well, slowed and ended with a bang, not least matching the undefeated 29 of fellow superstar Andre Russell.

He heaved the 50th ball of the innings well over the six against international Adil Rashid, although the leg spinner would later retaliate.

Buttler shared 84 for the second wicket with Wayne Madsen, who displayed many of his skipper’s inventive qualities – the scoops, ramps and flicks – in 43 of 26 deliveries.

Buttler and Madsen shared 84 of 53 balls for the second wicket, advancing 16 to 1 after David Willey’s early shot to catch Salt on a short cover.

Willey was the Superchargers bowlers’ choice with two for 24 from his 20 balls and ended Madsen’s stay when he strayed for cover, leaving the home side with 100 for two after 64 balls.

From there, the superchargers slowed the rate for a while. Rashid was excellent, just going on a run-a-ball and taking the big wicket from Buttler, who was bowled after skipping the field. This left the scoreboard 109 for three after 76.

England’s Jos Buttler impressed at Emirates Old Trafford (PA)

(PA wire)

However, the Originals ended with a bang. Russell and Paul Walter, the latter with 23-of-10, shared 44 in their last 20 balls and hit three sixes each. But it turned out not to be enough.

Like Buttler, Lyth only hit a six – going over Russell’s long leg. But his innings felt stronger.

His captain Faf du Plessis fell right into Fred Klaassen on a superb dive catch from Russell, leaving the Superchargers at 30 for one of 18 balls.

However, opener Lyth gave the Superchargers the lead. As he reached his 28-ball half-century, the visitors were 85 for two at halftime and needed 77 more. However, he fell two balls later and was caught by Russell in deep cover.

Adam Lyth led the Northern Superchargers attack (PA)

(PA wire)

The chase was very similar to the first innings in that it got off to a good start before the run rate slowed. Like fellow leg spinner Rashid, Matt Parkinson excelled, going for a run-a-ball and not conceding a boundary.

However, Willey hit two big sixes in 29, one straight from Russell into the press box window.

When Parkinson caught him at deep midwicket, the Superchargers needed 35 from 19 – but Brook played a key hand, his pair of sixes matching David Wiese, who hit the winning runs. Jos Buttler shines but Manchester Originals lose to Northern Superchargers

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