28/05/2024

Daniel Sams has collected six wickets across his opening two games with the Trent Rockets. (Photo: @TrentBridge - Twitter)

The Men’s Hundred got underway in the UK last week and several Australians have already featured prominently for their respective sides.  

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

Sean Abbott (Manchester Originals):

Sean Abbott’s opening two games with the Manchester Originals haven’t quite gone to plan, with his side yet to record a victory.

Against the Northern Superchargers, Abbott finished with figures of 0-43 bowling 19 balls, unable to prevent his team from succumbing to a six-wicket loss. He did however take two catches in the field.

The 30-year-old eventually opened his wicket account against London Spirit just days later. The right-arm seamer produced figures of 1-28 bowling 15 balls, dismissing opening batter Adam Rossington for a golden duck.

However, it wasn’t to be for the Originals, who ultimately fell short of the required target by 52 runs. Abbott added 10 runs off seven balls during his side’s batting innings.

Hilton Cartwright (Oval Invincibles):

On a night where the Oval Invincibles fell agonisingly short of their first win of the campaign, Hilton Cartwright performed admirably for his side against London Spirit.

After collecting a couple of catches in the outfield, Cartwright top-scored for the Invincibles during their run chase. Arriving at the crease with the score sitting precariously at 4-12, the powerful middle-order batter arrested all the momentum, compiling a quickfire knock of 42 runs off 23 deliveries (including three fours and two sixes) to drag his team back into the contest.

Cartwright didn’t feature during his side’s victory over Welsh Fire days later.

Tim David (Southern Brave):

Southern Brave’s comprehensive opening night win over Welsh Fire wasn’t an eventful one for Tim David, with the 26-year-old not required with either bat or ball.

However, David was called into action during his side’s recent clash against Birmingham Phoenix. He managed to reach 11 runs before departing the crease, as Southern Brave succumbed to a 53-run defeat.

Nathan Ellis (London Spirit):

Fresh off a title-winning campaign with the Hampshire Hawks in the T20 Blast, Nathan Ellis has carried that momentum into his opening two games with London Spirit.

The right-arm seamer was instrumental in his side’s narrow three-run victory over the Oval Invincibles, collecting figures of 3-28 off 20 deliveries. This included the big wickets of Jason Roy, Sam Billings, and Jordan Cox.

London Spirit’s win over Manchester Originals also saw the 27-year-old perform commendably. Despite not picking up a wicket, Ellis only conceded 16 runs off his 20 deliveries.

Glenn Maxwell (London Spirit):

In each of London Spirit’s encounters thus far, Glenn Maxwell has threatened to post a big score. However, he is yet to fully capitalise on some solid starts.

Against the Oval Invincibles, Maxwell reached 18 runs off 16 balls before being dismissed. The 33-year-old’s innings included three boundaries.

Meanwhile, his team’s following clash with the Manchester Originals saw the destructive right-hand batter smash 21 runs off 15 balls (including two fours and a six).

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Kane Richardson (Birmingham Phoenix):

Experienced fast bowler Kane Richardson began his campaign at the Birmingham Phoenix with a clash against the Trent Rockets.

With Birmingham defending 143 for victory, Richardson finished with figures of 0-24 off 13 deliveries, however, it proved to be not enough to prevent the Rockets from claiming the win.

A subsequent encounter with Southern Brave saw the 31-year-old play an integral role in his side’s first victory of the tournament. Richardson collected 3-19 off 15 deliveries, dismissing the in-form James Vince off his very first delivery and then closing out the match with the wickets of Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills.

Daniel Sams (Trent Rockets):

Daniel Sams got off to the perfect start during the Trent Rockets’ six-wicket win over the Birmingham Phoenix.

Sams set the tone with ball in hand, collecting 3-24 off 20 deliveries to finish as the pick of the bowlers. The left-arm seamer dismissed the dangerous Liam Livingstone on his way to this impressive haul.

Sams wasn’t then needed with the bat as his side chased down the required target of 143 with three balls to spare.

It was a similar story against the Northern Superchargers, with Sams a major contributor to the Rockets’ seven-wicket win. The 29-year-old finished with figures of 3-31 off 20 deliveries, claiming the big scalp of Faf Du Plessis for naught in the process.

Marcus Stoinis (Southern Brave):

Just like his fellow Australian teammate Tim David, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis had very little to do during his side’s comfortable victory over Welsh Fire.

With the ball, Stoinis conceded eight runs off his five deliveries. The West Australian then joined skipper James Vince late in his side’s batting innings to finish unbeaten with six runs. 

Against the Birmingham Phoenix, Stoinis produced figures of 1-12 off 10 balls. However, he failed to make an impact with the bat, dismissed cheaply for one within the first 13 balls of the run chase.

Ashton Turner (Manchester Originals):

Ashton Turner didn’t receive an opportunity with the bat during his side’s defeat at the hands of the Northern Superchargers. However, he did pick up a wicket with the ball, utilising his handy right-arm off-spin.

Turner wasn’t selected for the Originals’ clash with the London Spirit.

Adam Zampa (Welsh Fire):

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa has taken one wicket from his first couple of appearances in the tournament.

Welsh Fire’s nine-wicket loss to Southern Brave saw Zampa end the match with figures of 0-20 off 15 deliveries. The 30-year-old also contributed to his side’s batting innings with an unbeaten 10 runs.

Zampa proceeded to perform commendably during Welsh Fire’s subsequent encounter with the Oval Invincibles. The right-arm wrist-spinner took 1-25 from 20 balls, claiming the wicket of Sam Curran.

He also compiled another unbeaten knock, reaching 14 runs off 12 deliveries.

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