16/04/2024

Tanveer Sangha hit the winning runs for Birmingham Phoenix during their clash with the London Spirit. (Photo: @Edgbaston Twitter)

It was an action-packed week in the Men’s Hundred as three teams booked themselves a spot in the knockout stages. 

The Inner Sanctum takes a look at how each of the 12 Aussies in action fared across week four of the tournament. 

Hilton Cartwright (Oval Invincibles):

Hilton Cartwright had very little to do during his side’s comfortable six-wicket win over the London Spirit. The 30-year-old took a catch in the field but wasn’t needed with the bat, as the Oval Invincibles chased down the required target of 122 with 14 balls to spare. 

However, Cartwright was called into action against the Manchester Originals, with the middle-order batter accumulating 14 runs off 16 balls. The Invincibles ultimately lost the match by six wickets, bringing an end to their campaign which saw them record four victories.

Tim David (Southern Brave):

Recently named in Australia’s T20 World Cup squad, explosive batter Tim David finished his Hundred campaign with mixed results. 

Southern Brave recorded a six-wicket victory against the Trent Rockets. David played his part with the bat, amassing an unbeaten 19 runs off six balls to seal the win. The 26-year-old’s quickfire knock included one four and two sixes, all of which came in the space of three deliveries. 

Meanwhile, against the Northern Superchargers, Southern Brave were unable to close out their campaign with a win. Chasing 136 for victory, the Brave fell 16 runs short, with David only notching nine runs off five deliveries (including two fours) at number seven in the batting order.

Ben Dwarshuis (Birmingham Phoenix):

New South Wales pace bowler Ben Dwarshuis made his first appearance for the Birmingham Phoenix during their clash with the Manchester Originals.

Dwarshuis opened the bowling alongside fellow Aussie and teammate Kane Richardson, finishing with figures of 0-22 off his 15 deliveries. The 28-year-old couldn’t contribute with the bat, having been dismissed for a duck. Birmingham ultimately succumbed to a heavy 79-run defeat. 

Dwarshuis wasn’t selected for Birmingham Phoenix’s subsequent encounter with the London Spirit. 

Nathan Ellis (London Spirit):

It was a tough week for London Spirit, having recorded two defeats to close out the group stage. Nevertheless, the team finished third on the table, securing a spot in the eliminator final against the Manchester Originals. 

A six-wicket loss at the hands of the Oval Invincibles saw Nathan Ellis collect figures of 1-30 off 15 deliveries. Ellis’ sole wicket came in the form of new Sydney Thunder BBL recruit Rilee Rossouw. 

Meanwhile, in what was a pulsating encounter against the Birmingham Phoenix, the Spirit narrowly lost by one-wicket. With his team defending 139 for victory, Ellis was unable to influence the result, finishing with figures of 0-35 off his 20 deliveries. 

Peter Hatzoglou (Oval Invincibles):

Leg-spinner Peter Hatzoglou earnt his Men’s Hundred debut against the London Spirit. 

Hatzoglou made an immediate impact for the Oval Invincibles, picking up the prized scalp of fellow Australian Ben McDermott off just his second delivery of the tournament. The 23-year-old ultimately finished with figures of 1-29 off 20 deliveries, contributing to his side’s victory. 

During his team’s defeat at the hands of the Manchester Originals, Hatzoglou again claimed a wicket, this time removing Perth Scorchers BBL teammate Laurie Evans. He ended the match with figures of 1-31 off 15 deliveries. 

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Josh Inglis (London Spirit):

Wicketkeeper-batter Josh Inglis was another Australian to make his first appearance of the campaign.

Representing the London Spirit, Inglis struggled to get going against the Oval Invincibles, only reaching three runs off eight balls before being dismissed. 

The 27-year-old didn’t feature during his side’s following clash with the Birmingham Phoenix, having been recalled to Australia’s ODI squad to replace the injured Mitch Marsh.

Ben McDermott (London Spirit):

Ben McDermott’s hot start to his campaign with the London Spirit was brought to a halt against the Oval Invincibles, with the right-hand batter dismissed by debutant Peter Hatzoglou without troubling the scorers. 

However, McDermott was back amongst the runs against the Birmingham Phoenix days later. The 27-year-old complied a hard-fought 36 runs off 29 deliveries (including two fours and one six). 

McDermott will be hoping to string together some strong performances during the knockout stages to guide the London Spirit to success.

Kane Richardson (Birmingham Phoenix):

The in-form Kane Richardson continued to shine during Birmingham Phoenix’s last two matches of the tournament. 

Despite his side’s 79-run thrashing at the hands of the Manchester Originals, Richardson bowled commendably, producing figures of 2-27 off his 20 deliveries. This included the wickets of Perth Scorchers BBL recruits Phil Salt and Laurie Evans. 

Against the London Spirit, the right-arm seamer collected figures of 1-28 off 20 deliveries, dismissing former England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan in the process. He then added four runs with the bat, which proved to be incredibly valuable to Birmingham clinching a nail-biting win. 

Despite the victory, Birmingham has narrowly missed out on the finals by net run rate, finishing in fourth spot on the table. 

Richardson collected 13 wickets for the campaign, an impressive return from the 31-year-old.

Daniel Sams (Trent Rockets):

All-rounder Daniel Sams helped the Trent Rockets advance straight to the final of the Men’s Hundred, with the Rockets sitting on top of the table after the group stage. 

However, the Rockets did succumb to a surprise defeat against Southern Brave before confirming their spot in the final. It was a relatively quiet night for Sams, who contributed with a three not out with the bat before producing figures of 0-29 off his 15 deliveries. 

Nevertheless, the Rockets were able to bounce back against the Welsh Fire just days later, recording a 29-run victory. Sams was impressive with bat in hand, blasting 31 runs off 14 balls (including two fours and three sixes) to help his side post a total of 4-172. The left-arm seamer failed to pick up a wicket with the ball, finishing with figures of 0-35 off 17 deliveries. 

The Trent Rockets will play either the Manchester Originals or the London Spirit in the final of the Men’s Hundred. 

Tanveer Sangha (Birmingham Phoenix):

It was a highly eventful Men’s Hundred debut for leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha when the Birmingham Phoenix faced off against the London Spirit. 

With the ball, Sangha was economical, finishing with figures of 0-20 off his 20 deliveries. However, it was with the bat that the 20-year-old truly made a name for himself. 

Arriving at the crease with his team nine wickets down and needing 18 runs off 15 balls for victory, Sangha accumulated an unbeaten 13 runs off 9 deliveries to see his side home dramatically. He hit a single off the final ball of the match to keep Birmingham’s slim chances of finals qualification alive. 

Ashton Turner (Manchester Originals):

In what was his first appearance for the Manchester Originals since their opening fixture of the tournament, Western Australian Ashton Turner featured during his side’s thumping win over the Birmingham Phoenix.

Turner produced a late cameo with the bat, amassing 14 runs off nine deliveries before being run out by Matthew Wade on the very last ball of the innings. 

The 29-year-old once again contributed to the Originals’ crucial six-wicket win over the Oval Invincibles. Turner compiled 26 runs off 17 balls (including one four and one six) to help his side secure themselves a position in the knockout stages. 

The Manchester Originals will battle it out with the London Spirit on Saturday to progress to the Men’s Hundred Final. 

Matthew Wade (Birmingham Phoenix):

The Birmingham Phoenix’s crushing defeat to the Manchester Originals saw Matthew Wade only reach seven runs off six balls before being dismissed by English leg-spinner Matt Parkinson. 

However, in what proved to be his final appearance of the tournament, Wade produced a match-winning innings against the London Spirit. The 34-year-old compiled a breathtaking knock of 81 runs off just 42 deliveries, hitting a whopping 11 fours and two sixes in the process. 

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