Northern Superchargers 162 for 4 (Lyth 51, Brook 33*) beat Manchester Originals 161 for 4 (Buttler 59, Madsen 43) by six wickets
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Buttler and Madsen shared 84 in 53 balls for the second wicket, advancing from 16 for 1 after David Willey’s early strike to get Salt caught at short cover. Willey was the pick of Superchargers’ bowlers with 2 for 24 from his 20 balls, ending Madsen’s stay when he miscued to cover, leaving the home side 100 for 2 after 64 balls.
From there, the Superchargers slowed the rate for a while. Like Willey, Rashid was excellent, going at only a run-a-ball and claiming the big wicket of Buttler, who was bowled having skipped down the pitch.
Like Buttler, Lyth only hit one six – pulled over long-leg off Russell, but his innings felt more powerful. His captain Faf du Plessis fell to a superb diving catch from Russell at mid-on off Fred Klaassen, 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 off 28 balls, the Superchargers were 85 for 2 at the halfway stage, needing 77 more. But he fell two balls later, caught at deep cover off Russell.
The chase was very similar to the first innings in that a good start was made before the run-rate slowed. Like fellow leggie Rashid, Matt Parkinson was outstanding, going at a run-a-ball and not conceding a boundary. However, Willey hit two big sixes in 29, one straight off Russell into the press box window.
When Parkinson had him caught at deep midwicket, the Superchargers needed 35 off 19. But Brook played a key hand, his couple of sixes matched by David Wiese, who hit the winning runs.