Chris Jordan closes out for Southern Brave as London Spirit stay winless


Tymal Mills also miserly as Spirit stumble despite highest Powerplay score of tournament

Southern Brave 145 for 6 (Davies 50) beat London Spirit 141 for 7 (Inglis 55, Garton 2-30) by four runs

A remarkable spell of death bowling from Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan saw London Spirit fall to a third defeat in three completed games and remain the only men’s team in the Hundred yet to register a win.
Spirit needed 18 runs off the last 15 balls with six wickets in hand when Jordan returned to bowl his third set of five balls, but he struck with his first – a 60mph slower ball – as Quinton de Kock took a remarkable catch diving back over his right shoulder to remove the reverse-ramping Josh Inglis for 55.

Jordan closed out his over and Mills conceded only three runs from the first three balls of his final set, but with the Brave missing the cut-off, they had to bowl the final seven with four fielders outside the 30-yard circle, rather than the usual five. Mills used his back-of-the-hand slower balls to great effect, having Mohammad Nabi caught at short extra cover to leave 11 required off five balls and finish with miserly figures of 1 for 15.

Roelof van der Merwe sat deep in his crease to thump a slower ball over the covers to leave six needed from the final three balls, but Jordan nailed three yorkers to concede only one more, with de Kock’s brilliant direct hit running out Blake Cullen as he attempted to scramble a bye.

The result leaves Spirit rooted to the foot of the table with one point from four games, a result that had seemed impossible when Adam Rossington and Inglis romped to the highest Powerplay score of the competition to date (68 for 0 off 25 balls). Brave, meanwhile, have won consecutive games after starting the Hundred with back-to-back defeats, and have climbed into mid-table.

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Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98

Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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