Manchester Originals’ Fi Morris breaks Hundred record as men’s and women’s teams get their first wins
A brilliant day at Old Trafford.
The Manchester Originals have finally got their tournament properly underway thanks to a break in the miserable weather, managing to put up a double win for the women’s and the men’s teams on the board, with bowler Fi Morris breaking a record for The Hundred in the process.
With the women kicking off the day’s action at Old Trafford, the Originals nearly made hard work of it while chasing Birmingham Phoenix’s low target of 87, but Kathryn Bryce’s four managed to get them over the line with the penultimate ball.
However, it was the women’s bowling that made the headlines as 29-year-old Fi Morris claimed five wickets in 16 balls and conceded just seven runs, becoming the first player to ever manage a ‘five-fer’ in the Women’s Hundred — on her debut. Massive.
Here’s the moment she pulled it off:
Chatting with Sky Sports after stumps, the Reading-born bowler confessed she had no idea she’d even broken any record until the reporter told her and was just glad to have finally been able to play some cricket, with both squads having had their first two games rained off.
As if that wasn’t enough, Morris’s five wickets weren’t only a first in the female competition but were also the best bowling figures in The Hundred‘s history, the previous record of 5-13 having been set by men’s bowler Josh Little last year.
Speaking of the men’s team, it was a brilliant innings from them as well as they posted 160-8 while the Phoenix went on to be dismissed for 111.
The highlights included Jamie Overton’s impressive boundary save and player of the match Usama Mir batting 32 not-out from 14 balls, with only Jos Buttler scoring more runs (43).
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To make things even sweeter, it was also the first time a team’s men’s and women’s squads have secured back-to-back wins in a single day’s double-header so far this year.
The men’s team now have three points and the women’s team four following the opening three fixtures and will be glad to get away from the Manc weather for a little bit and give themselves a chance of gaining some more ground.
They just have to hope the rest of the country brightens up too!
We still want our own rematch by the way…
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