Tejas Rathi ∙ Sep 3 2022, 2:00 AM

The Hundred Men 2022: Originals skipper Laurie Evans opens up on reaching the Finals 

image-l7l38t53Laurie Evans (PC: Twitter)

Manchester Originals skipper Laurie Evans lauded the team's effort to secure the sixth victory on the trot in the Men's Hundred Competition. Their latest outing witnessed them winning the Eliminator against London Spirit by five wickets on Friday (2 September) at Southampton. 

Following this victory, Originals booked a finale clash with Trent Rockets on Saturday at Lord's.

Batting first, Spirit posted 150 with the contributions of Ben McDermott (59) and Zak Crawley (36). For Originals, Paul Walter was the pick of the bowlers with three scalps.

In response, Evans and Phil Salt continued their blistering form and accumulated runs at an expensive rate. Evans delivered a 34-ball 72, while Salt scored 29 off 18, and the pair added 101 runs in 46 balls, and ultimately the team chased down the total with 11 balls to spare.

In a post-match presentation, Salt felt reckoned that the secret to their success has been different players stepping up at different times. 

"I would have enjoyed the win a lot more if I had finished the job off [myself] but it is amazing to get over the line. The team have been incredible all the way through. Six wins in a row and now we go again," said Evans. 

"There is no secret to this success - just good blokes, playing good cricket and working hard for each other. It has been so enjoyable to be a part of."

Pressure will be on Trent Rockets: Laurie Evans

The 34-year-old feels the best team in the tournament, Rockets will face the heat of being tournament favourites, when they will clash with Originals. 

"Trent Rockets have been fantastic all the way through. All the pressure will be on them to win this tournament because they have been the best team. We are just going to try and cause an upset."

In the encounter between both teams in the league stage, Rockets successfully chased down the target of 190 and won by eight wickets. 

It will be interesting to see whether Originals can continue the momentum and lift the title at the Home of Cricket. 

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