27/02/2024

Kane Richardson is currently the equal-second leading wicket-taker for the tournament. (Photo: cricket.com.au)

Despite international and domestic cricket in Australia being just around the corner, there are still several Aussie cricketers plying their craft in the UK as part of the Men’s Hundred competition.

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

Sean Abbott (Manchester Originals):

After a slow start to their campaign, the Manchester Originals’ recent success means that they currently find themselves on a three-game winning streak.

Against Southern Brave, Sean Abbott finished the match with figures of 1-29 off 15 deliveries, helping his side secure a comfortable 68-run victory. Abbott’s sole wicket arose from a spectacular display of athleticism, with the 30-year-old clinging on to a brilliant caught and bowled to dismiss prolific T20 batter, James Vince.

Abbott’s inclusion in Australia’s squad for its upcoming ODI series against Zimbabwe meant that he didn’t feature during his side’s 23-run win over the Northern Superchargers days later.

The right-arm seamer returns home to Australia having collected six wickets for the campaign.

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Hilton Cartwright (Oval Invincibles):

Hilton Cartwright had very little opportunity to make an impact during the Oval Invincibles’ 25-run defeat to the Trent Rockets.

With his side chasing 182 for victory, Cartwright only arrived at the crease with two balls remaining, recording one run as the Invincibles had their three-match unbeaten run brought to an end.

The 30-year-old wasn’t selected for the Invincibles’ following clash with the Birmingham Phoenix.

Tim David (Southern Brave):

Destructive T20 batter Tim David is yet to fully fire for Southern Brave in the Men’s Hundred.

During his side’s defeat at the hands of the Manchester Originals, David could only muster 10 runs off 10 balls before being dismissed by Andre Russell. 

Meanwhile, against Welsh Fire, the 26-year-old sealed a comprehensive nine-wicket win for his team, compiling an unbeaten 10 runs off three balls (including two boundaries).

Nathan Ellis (London Spirit):

Nathan Ellis performed commendably despite his team’s six-wicket loss to the Trent Rockets. Ellis notched a five not out with the bat, before proceeding to collect figures of 1-21 off his 15 deliveries. The right-arm seamer’s wicket came in the form of dangerous English opener Alex Hales.

Against Welsh Fire, Ellis bowled well without getting any tangible reward, finishing with figures of 0-22 off his 20 deliveries. London Spirit ultimately won the match by 17 runs, propelling them to the top of the table.

Ben McDermott (London Spirit):

Wicketkeeper batter Ben McDermott made his first appearance of the campaign for London Spirit during its clash with the Trent Rockets.

McDermott reunited with Nathan Ellis as part of the Spirit line-up, with the pair also teammates at the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL and the Hampshire Hawks in the T20 Blast. 

From an individual perspective, it was a successful debut for McDermott, with the 27-year-old top-scoring for his side. He amassed 30 runs off 25 deliveries at number three in the batting order, in an innings which included one four and two sixes. 

It was a similar story for McDermott against Welsh Fire, with the right-hand batter accumulating 32 runs off 23 balls (including one four and two sixes) to help his team post a total of 6-156. This proved enough in the end as the Spirit recorded their fifth win of the tournament.

Kane Richardson (Birmingham Phoenix):

Despite his side’s 32-run loss at the hands of the Northern Superchargers, Kane Richardson was once again amongst the wickets. The 31-year-old collected figures of 2-36 from his 20 deliveries, picking up the wicket of emerging English batter Harry Brook in the process. With the bat, Richardson also recorded a nine not out.

This momentum carried into Birmingham’s subsequent clash with the Oval Invincibles. With his team defending 166, Richardson showcased his class, taking 3-22 off 20 deliveries to help his team record a vital 10-run victory.

The right-arm seamer dismissed Invincibles opener Will Jacks in the very first over of the innings, before going on to remove Jordan Cox and Sam Billings in successive deliveries during the 15th over. He also played his part in the field, pocketing two catches.

Richardson has now picked up 10 wickets from five matches for the tournament.

Daniel Sams (Trent Rockets):

All-rounder Daniel Sams had some subdued individual performances over the last week of action. Nevertheless, the Trent Rockets currently find themselves perched second on the table, having won five games out of a possible six.

A victory over the Oval Invincibles saw Sams only make three runs off five balls with the bat, whilst also going wicketless. He finished the match with figures of 0-40 off his 20 deliveries.

Against the London Spirit, the left-arm seamer produced figures of 0-17 off 10 deliveries. However, he did contribute significantly in the field, taking two catches and executing a run-out. Sams wasn’t required with the bat.

Marcus Stoinis (Southern Brave):

It was a forgettable night for Marcus Stoinis and Southern Brave when they slumped to a heavy defeat against the Manchester Originals.

Stoinis didn’t pick up a wicket, finishing with figures of 0-22 of 10 deliveries. He did however grasp a catch and effect a run-out in the field. With the bat, the 33-year-old was dismissed cheaply for one.

This proved to be Stoinis’ final appearance for the tournament as he returns to Australia to prepare for the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe beginning on August 28.

Matthew Wade (Birmingham Phoenix):

Matthew Wade was unable to have much of an influence during Birmingham’s defeat to the Northern Superchargers. Wade had a short stay at the crease, only reaching three runs before being dismissed.

However, the 34-year-old bounced back against the Oval Invincibles, smashing a very handy 21 runs off 10 balls (including two fours and one six) late in his side’s batting innings.

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