Sam Curran stars as the Oval Invincibles beat the Northern Superchargers

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Sam Curran was the match winner as he led Oval Invincibles to a thrilling three-wicket win over Northern Superchargers in the afternoon sun at a rough Kia Oval.

Curran hit a scintillating 60 to see Invincibles home with three balls remaining after being dropped to 46 by Adam Lyth in a moment that proved match-winning.

Lyth himself had previously been downed on one before registering a fastest fifty in The Hundred history with just 17 balls. Exceptional bowling by the thrifty Sunil Narine (three for 11) limited Superchargers to 157 for seven.

Oval Invincibles’ Sam Curran celebrates his half-century (Adam Davy/PA)

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It was a score that fell short thanks to Sam Curran’s pyrotechnics. Jordan Cox (48/29) played a stellar supporting role before Tom Curran (18/7) secured victory for the home side in another breathless encounter in south London.

Lyth and Faf du Plessis had previously opened for Superchargers and the pressure was on as both batsmen failed to score in their last game.

Superchargers disembarked to a flyer, although luckily Lyth was handed a lifeline when he was dropped. The Invincibles paid the price when Lyth followed the drop with four straight sixes against Reece Topley in a set that went 25.

Du Plessis was sacked for nine by Sam Curran to disrupt the Superchargers, but not before they racked up a mighty 47 runs from the power play.

Jordan Cox was a good support for Curran in his team’s win (Adam Davy/PA)

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Lyth continued to decimate the Invincibles’ bowling attack, eventually hitting his electrifying 50 from 17 balls.

A few more wild hits from Lyth took him to 79 before he was caught in the pre-bowl boundary by Matthew Milnes.

Superchargers rode their luck with Narine and Rilee Rossouw dropping easy catches before the former made amends by sacking Adam Hose and David Wiese on back-to-back balls.

Adam Lyth scored 79 but his Superchargers team lost by three wickets (Adam Davy/PA)

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Narine’s exploits ushered in a remarkable recovery from Invincibles that limited Superchargers to a much lower number than seemed likely at any given point.

The Invincibles’ response got off to the worst start imaginable, however, as captain Jason Roy’s miserable form continued – he was dismissed without a goal by Ben Raine, who also took the wicket from Narine in the same set.

Cox entered the field five for two and the 21-year-old hit ripe and hit a series of stunning boundaries as he led the Invincibles to a competitive 65 at halftime in their innings.

Cox and Sam Curran built some momentum for the home side, and the pair went on 67 combined. The partnership eventually ended with the impressive Cox going out for 48 after some electric field trials by Du Plessis.

However, Sam Curran kept the momentum going and produced fireworks to delight the home fans by hitting a series of enormous sixes in the stands. He was then dropped to 44 by Lyth in a moment that ultimately defined the match.

The bossy Sam Curran eventually died for 60 before brother Tom got the home side across the line to put Invincibles level on points with London Spirit at the top of the table.

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