19/04/2024

Matthew Wade (right) and Kane Richardson (centre) are teammates at the Birmingham Phoenix. (Photo: @Edgbaston Twitter)

With the Men’s Hundred now approaching its midway point, many Australians have looked to produce match-winning performances for their respective sides.

The Inner Sanctum takes a look at how each of the 10 Aussies in action fared across week two of the tournament.

Sean Abbott (Manchester Originals):

In a high-scoring affair between the Manchester Originals and the Trent Rockets, Sean Abbott went wicketless.

Despite the Originals posting a highly competitive total of 3-189, this was ultimately not enough, with the Rockets recording an eight-wicket win. Abbott finished the match with expensive figures of 0-39 off 15 deliveries.

However, the 30-year-old responded with a significant contribution to his team’s 47-run victory over Welsh Fire, with the result marking the Originals’ first win of the tournament.

Abbott produced remarkable figures of 4-8 off 15 balls, picking up the wickets of Tom Banton, Matthew Critchley, Adam Zampa, and David Payne. Notably, the right-arm seamer bowled 13 dot balls on the night, the most of any bowler in the match.

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Hilton Cartwright (Oval Invincibles):

The Oval Invincibles have performed strongly in their recent encounters, picking up two wins over the Northern Superchargers and Southern Brave.

Hilton Cartwright had minimal impact during his side’s three-wicket win over the Superchargers, having been dismissed by leg-spinner Adil Rashid for just five runs. He did however grasp two catches in the field.

Cartwright didn’t feature against Southern Brave.

Tim David (Southern Brave):

It’s been a tricky start to the tournament for Tim David and the Southern Brave, having only picked up one win from their opening four matches.

David was unable to have an influence during his side’s clash with the London Spirit, with the 26-year-old dismissed cheaply for three runs. Southern Brave ultimately succumbed to a narrow nine-run defeat.

Against the Oval Invincibles, David produced his best innings thus far in the campaign, reaching 22 runs off 17 balls (including three fours) to contribute to his team’s total of 6-137. However, this proved to be not enough, as the Invincibles secured a seven-wicket win.

Nathan Ellis (London Spirit):

After a hot start to his campaign with the London Spirit, right-arm seamer Nathan Ellis has somewhat cooled off in recent matches, having not picked up a wicket in his last three appearances. Nevertheless, Ellis has continued to be a reliable performer for his team.

London Spirit’s victory against Southern Brave saw the 27-year-old finish with figures of 0-30 off his 20 deliveries. However, he did execute the crucial run-out of South African Quinton de Kock in just the second over of the innings.

Ellis then proceeded to claim figures of 0-27 off 20 balls during his side’s comfortable seven-wicket win over the Northern Superchargers. 

Glenn Maxwell (London Spirit):

Dynamic T20 player Glenn Maxwell has been a major contributor to London Spirit extending its unbeaten run to four matches.

Against Southern Brave, Maxwell amassed 34 runs off 21 balls, an innings which included five fours and one six. The 33-year-old was then handed the new ball, picking up the big scalp of James Vince off the very first delivery of the innings. Maxwell ultimately finished with figures of 1-10 off 10 deliveries.

The all-rounder once again made an impact with both bat and ball during his side’s victory over the Northern Superchargers just days later. Maxwell opened the bowling with great effect, producing remarkable figures of 1-6 off his 15 deliveries.

This was backed up with a commanding unbeaten knock of 43 runs off 25 balls (including six fours and one six) to guide his team home.

Kane Richardson (Birmingham Phoenix):

Kane Richardson produced a superb bowling performance against the Welsh Fire to help his side clinch a nail-biting four-run win.

With the Birmingham Phoenix defending 130 for victory, Richardson collected figures of 2-15 from his 20 deliveries, 11 of which were dot balls. The right-arm seamer dismissed opener Joe Clarke off the second ball of the innings, before removing the dangerous Tom Banton for 44 runs to give his team the upper hand.

Richardson didn’t feature during his side’s seven-wicket win over the Trent Rockets days later.

Daniel Sams (Trent Rockets):

In a game dominated by batters, Daniel Sams had little influence during his side’s victory over the Manchester Originals. Sams finished with figures of 0-36 off 20 deliveries and wasn’t needed with the bat, as the Trent Rockets chased down the required target with six balls to spare.

Meanwhile, against the Birmingham Phoenix, the 29-year-old made the most of his first opportunity with bat in hand.

With his side in trouble at 6-53, Sams compiled a blistering unbeaten knock of 55 runs off 25 balls (including five fours and three sixes) to propel the Rockets to a respectable total of 6-145. Sams’ innings contributed to a 92-run partnership with teammate Lewis Gregory.

With the ball, the left-arm seamer could only produce figures of 0-35 off his 20 deliveries. The Rockets were ultimately defeated by Birmingham.

Marcus Stoinis (Southern Brave):

All-rounder Marcus Stoinis has performed commendably for Southern Brave in their recent encounters.

A clash against the London Spirit saw Stoinis open the bowling for the first time in the tournament, with the right-arm seamer collecting impressive figures of 1-15 off his 15 deliveries. This was followed by a brief knock of 14 runs off 10 balls with the bat.

During his side’s defeat to the Oval Invincibles, Stoinis accumulated 37 runs off 27 deliveries, an innings that included two fours and two sixes. He was ultimately dismissed by Pakistani quick Mohammad Hasnain.

Stoinis failed to pick up a wicket with the ball, finishing the match with figures of 0-27 off 15 deliveries.

Matthew Wade (Birmingham Phoenix):

Birmingham Phoenix’s clash with Welsh Fire marked T20 veteran Matthew Wade’s second appearance of the campaign.

It turned out to be a brilliant start for the 34-year-old, with Wade compiling 38 runs off 30 balls (including one four and three sixes) to top-score for his side and contribute to a four-run win.

Against the Trent Rockets, Wade once again executed his role superbly, notching an unbeaten 14 runs off 10 balls to guide his team to its third consecutive victory.

Adam Zampa (Welsh Fire):

Welsh Fire is yet to record a victory from their opening four games. Nevertheless, Adam Zampa has put his best foot forward from an individual perspective.

Welsh Fire’s close loss to the Birmingham Phoenix saw Zampa end the match with figures of 1-25 off 15 deliveries. Zampa’s sole wicket came in the form of fellow Australian white-ball teammate Matthew Wade.

Meanwhile, despite his side’s recent 47-run loss at the hands of the Manchester Originals, the right-arm leg-spinner bowled beautifully, claiming figures of 2-17 off his 20 deliveries. This included the wickets of destructive T20 batters Jos Buttler and Phil Salt.

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