The two teams battled with Northern Superchargers and Manchester Originals, knowing they both have a chance in the finals. However, Superchargers managed to keep their chance as they beat the Originals by 69 on August 12, 2021 in Headingley, Leeds.
John Simpson leads the Superchargers into becoming the first team to record 200 runs in a Hundred games with his remarkable boundary. With this being the first trans-Pennine derby in the men’s Hundred after the switch fixture in Manchester was removed, the Originals were impressed by these results.
They dropped four catches and misfielded on many occasions, and the Superchargers took this advantage to themselves. This enabled them to be named as the Northern Superchargers vs Manchester Originals match-winner.
As John Simpson blazed 71 from 28 balls, Steven Finn recorded 29 runs from his five-set. Finn also became the first man to record 50 runs in a Hundred games even if he had only bowled 15 balls of his allocation of 20. This enabled the Superchargers to add 78 off the 25 of their innings.
The performance was more impressive considering the fact that they did not have two of their batsmen in the game, Adam Lyth and Harry Brook, who had tested positive for COVID 19.
The left-handed fast-medium David Willey swiftly threw the ball to Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Adil Rashid, who played well in the middle order and impressed well with the ball. Carlos Brathwaite recorded three sixes, leading with 21, and Ben Raine finished with 3 for 15. With this record, the Superchargers are near qualifying or the knockout stages.
But they will have a must-win game against Birmingham Phoenix while the Originals will have to beat Trent Rockets.
Originals were suffering a cruel case of butterfingers in front of the crowd as they were dropping catches. Matt Parkinson dropped two absolute sitters. However, their batting was terrific, but it did not get near to the excellent score of the hosts.
The Superchargers recorded the 200 during the final ball of innings. This score passed the previous highest score, which was 184-5. The Birmingham Phoenix had thrashed this record against Welsh Fire at Edgbaston.
For this game, the man of the match was Simpson. At the start of the season, he did not look like an automatic pick. However, after his 65 balls, is when the wicketkeeper came to his crease with Superchargers. This team had previously been inserted by the Originals skipper Carlos Brathwaite at a score of 106. When Simpson hit his seventh ball, he faced for six. He had a good day as he took excellent catches behind the stumps to remove Colin Munro and Brathwaite off the spinners.
According to the captain of Originals, Carlos Brathwaite, he felt as if everything their opponents touched turned into gold while they messed up each time. To him, the game was such an embarrassment.
David Willey, the captain of the Northern Superchargers, said that the performance was almost to a complete one for the Hundred T20 match. For him, every game is a must-win and putting that great show was fantastic.