Adam Lyth, Harry Brook take Superchargers home in tall chase


Northern Superchargers 162 for 4 (Lyth 51, Brook 33*) beat Manchester Originals 161 for 4 (Buttler 59, Madsen 43) with six wickets

England’s whiteball captain Jos Buttler’s measured 59 was unable to stop Manchester Originals from sliding to a thrilling defeat in the Men’s Hundredth derby in the Pennine derby with Northern Superchargers at Emirates Old Trafford.
Buttler only scored his second half-century in 14 innings since he replaced Eoin Morgan in late June, the highest score in a competitive 161 for 4. But that total was brought in with six wickets in hand and as many balls left thanks to opener Adam Lyth’s 51 out of 30 and a crucial 33 not from Harry Brook.
Buttler worked well on the ball in an innings of 41 balls, showing brilliant flashes in the opening game for the two rivals. After being brought in, Buttler hit one of eight sixes in a Manchester innings that got off to a good start, slowed down and ended with a bang, not least ahead of fellow superstar Andre Russell’s undefeated 29.
He hoisted the 50th ball of the innings over wide long-on for six of international colleague Adil Rashid, although the legpinner would later retaliate. Buttler shared 84 for the second wicket with Wayne Madsen, who showed many of his skipper’s inventive qualities – the scoops, ramps and flicks – in 43 out of 26.

Buttler and Madsen shared 84 in 53 balls for the second wicket and went 16 for 1 after David Willey’s early strike to get Salt short cover. Willey was the favorite of Superchargers’ bowlers with 2 for 24 of his 20 balls, ending Madsen’s stay when he made a mistake to cover, leaving the home side 100 for 2 after 64 balls.

From there, the Superchargers slowed down the speed for a while. Like Willey, Rashid was excellent, going alone to a run-a-ball and claiming the big wicket from Buttler, who was bowled after skipping the field.

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

Like Buttler, Lyth only hit one six – pulled over Russell’s long leg, but his innings felt more powerful. His captain Faf du Plessis fell to Fred Klaassen halfway through a great dive from Russell, leaving Superchargers at 30 for 1 in 18 balls.

However, opener Lyth got Superchargers ahead of the game. By the time he reached his fifty from 28 balls, the Superchargers were halfway through 85 to 2, and needed 77 more. But he fell two balls later, caught in deep cover from Russell.

The chase was very similar to the first innings as it got off to a good start before the run-rate slowed down. Like fellow Leggie Rashid, Matt Parkinson was excellent, going on a run-a-ball and not giving in to limits. However, Willey hit two big sixes in 29, one straight from Russell into the press box window.

When Parkinson caught him in a deep midwicket, the Superchargers needed 35 out of 19. But Brook played a key hand, his pair of sixes matched by David Wiese, who hit the winning runs.