Trent Rockets continues perfect start in the Hundred with seven-run win over London Spirit

D’Arcy Short and Matthew Carter shine as Trent Rockets continues a perfect start in the Hundred with a thrilling seven run victory over London Spirit in front of nearly 24,000 fans at Lord’s

  • Trent Rockets maintained their 100 percent record with a thrilling win
  • Opener D’Arcy Short hit an unbeaten 69 when the Rockets 123-4 . scored
  • Carter and Patel took three wickets as Spirit was limited to 116-8

Opener D’Arcy Short and spinners Matt Carter, Samit Patel and Rashid Khan helped maintain Trent Rockets’ 100 percent record in The Hundred with a seven-run victory over London Spirit.

Carter, who scored two for 17 on his 100 debut against Northern Superchargers, improved that performance at Lord’s by three for 17 to shatter Spirit’s top order before Patel (three for 20) and Khan (two for 13) weighed in.

The Rockets were also indebted to Short, who busted through for an unbeaten 69 from 47 balls, while his teammates struggled against Spirit’s spinners to post a modest 123 for four.

Opener D’Arcy Short Helped Keep Trent Rockets’ 100 Percent Record in The Hundred

But Rockets’ slow bowlers proved even deadlier and, despite a late wave from Roelof van der Merwe and Blake Cullen, London could only collect 116 for eight.

Spirit, who brought in the visitors, thought they had broken through early when Alex Hales cut Mohammad Amir to the run – but the batter remained unmoved, and the assessment proved he had hit the ball into the ground.

Hales started to find his rhythm, trailing Van der Merwe for six and hitting consecutive fours from Mohammad Nabi to reach 21 before the Afghanistan all-rounder lured him onto the field for Adam Rossington to remove bail.

Nabi’s nagging line paid off again when he caused a lead from Dawid Malan, taking a tumbling return catch to round out his allotment two for 20.

Spinners Matt Carter (above), Samit Patel and Rashid Khan played key roles in the win

Spinners Matt Carter (above), Samit Patel and Rashid Khan played key roles in the win

The Rockets also failed to get on leg spinner Mason Crane, who got one back for 16, while skipper Lewis Gregory was killed in a running catch by opponent Eoin Morgan on back point.

It was left to Short to keep the innings together and he performed that task with distinction, accelerating by four limits in Chris Wood’s final set of five to lift the Rockets to a competitive total.

Carter immediately penetrated London’s response, with Rossington falling for Luke Wood’s dive catch on the border and Nabi – who had just hit a max – also going after the next ball, picking the midfielder.

When Patel had Josh catch Inglis behind a top edge and Joe Denly fell down trying to sweep Carter, Spirit dropped to 33 for four – and their situation steadily worsened.

Morgan reached 18 out of 20 before becoming the first of two casualties in consecutive balls for Patel and, while Van der Merwe and Cullen took in 23 of the last 15, it wasn’t quite enough.

Trent Rockets took a thrilling seven-run victory in front of nearly 24,000 fans at Lord's

Trent Rockets took a thrilling seven run victory in front of nearly 24,000 fans at Lord’s

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