Manchester Originals fall just 14 runs short of the mark as Oval Invincibles win The Hundred 2023
After Saturday's eliminator it looked like they might manage it. It just wasn't to be.
Manchester Originals men’s team just narrowly missed out on winning The Hundred this year, falling just 14 runs short of the mark as the Oval Invincibles lifted their first title to become 2023 champions in what was a record-breaking final.
After a thrilling eliminator to secure their spot in the final two on Saturday, with Jos Buttler leading an impressive charge to chase down 197 and beat Southern Brave by seven wickets, it looked as though the momentum was on the Originals’ side. They certainly got off to a good start on Sunday too.
Some impressive fast bowling saw the Invincibles stunted to just 34-5 after 36 balls, with Richard Gleeson finding Jason Roy’s edge, while both Paul Striling and Sam Curran were also caught behind for a duck as the Manchester side took three wickets from just 15 runs.
It was looking like an absolute masterclass at one point.
However, it was the other Curran brother, Tom, who helped gain the Invincibles a foothold and after paring up with Jimmy Neesham, the duo smacked home an unbeaten 127 from 65 balls, the highest batting partnership ever in men’s Hundred.
The Londoners went on to post 161-5, leaving the Manchester side with more work to do than they might have initially expected after their flying start, putting in a valiant display as they chased down 162.
Having already overcome a stronger tally less than 24 hours earlier, the Originals rightly fancied their chances.
Unfortunately, with captain Buttler going out early, it was up to Phil Salt, Max Holden and Jamie Overton to do their best and try to stay in the game — and they very nearly did.
Ultimately, it was the Currans, Neesham and that incredible tally that gave the local team the lifeline as broke the previous record of 124 set by Dawid Malan and D’Arcy Short for the Trent Rockets in the inaugural Hundred tournament back in 2021.
It was the Originals’ second consecutive defeat in the final following a two-wicket loss to Trent Rockets in 2022 and a club third for Invincibles overall, with the women’s team having won the last two competitions.
The women’s champions came in the form of Southern Brave this year, beating the Northern Superchargers to their first title by a comfortable 34 runs. As for Manchester Originals’ women’s team, they finished seventh on six points, only finishing behind London Spirit on net run rate.
Here’s the moment the Invincibles sealed the men’s title:
- Greene King pledge £250,000 to women’s sport following Lionesses’ World Cup success
- Headliner who vanished before Leeds Festival performance does surprise set… 24 hours late
- Nike finally agree to sell Mary Earps’ Lionesses shirt after nationwide backlash
Another year, another step closer to that first Hundred title for the Manchester Originals, just not this time around.
Regardless, even with the weather against them throughout his year’s tournament, they never failed to entertain and we’re sure they’ll come back even stronger next year.
It’s been yet another great edition of The Hundred and it’s no surprise to see why this fast-paced format has already taken off in such a short space of time. Until next time.
You can see the full highlights of Oval Invincibles vs Manchester Originals in The Hundred 2023 men’s final down below:
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