Nathan Ellis and Jordan Thompson help the London Spirit to a thrilling derby win

Heroic power play by Nathan Ellis and Jordan Thompson helped the London Spirit to a three-time victory over city rivals Oval Invincibles in a thrilling Hundred derby.

Australian fast bowlers Ellis (three of 28) and Thompson (two of 31) wrecked the Invincibles’ top rankings by cutting the home team to 12 of 4 in pursuit of 172 and winning at the Oval.

This seemed to end the Invincibles’ hopes of winning, but Hilton Cartwright (42), Jordan Cox (39) and Danny Briggs (29 not counting 11 balls) nearly pulled off the most unlikely of wins, only for Thompson to keep his cool. among the breathless finish line.

Earlier, Eoin Morgan proved himself a mainstay of the Spirit with 171 of 6: the former England skipper made 47 of 29 balls with five fours and three sixes.

Zack Crowley (21), inevitably thrust into the spotlight after his disappointing summer with England, gave the Spirit a boost early on on a four-border power play, including successive sweeps by Briggs.

Fellow rookie Adam Rossington briefly caught the mood by getting Mohammad Hasnain up two huge sixes and then blasting out of the deep from the same bowler trying to score a third.

Glenn Maxwell failed to shine, chewing 16 balls in his 18s, and with Morgan, a slow paced, Spirit was 74 for three halfway through posting.

A full-blooded six-man shot and a defiant mid-bat shot at goaltender Sam Billings freed Morgan from his shackles, and he and Dan Lawrence then tucked a set of five from Hasnain to a 23-run tune.

The pair added 72 of 39 balls before lowly Sunil Narine (two of 25) beat Lawrence to test the visitors’ progress once again.

Morgan’s fine effort ended three less than half a century when he eliminated England pacer Rhys Topley (one for 26), but a late six from an otherwise calm Kieron Pollard took Spirit to 171.

In response, the Invincibles flinched.


Hilton Cartwright tried to get his team back in the game (John Walton/PA)

Jason Roy’s fight for the white ball continued as Ellis caught him for the golden duck from the first inning ball before Thompson hit twice in the third set of five, Sam Curran dutifully fell into Maxwell’s hands, and the dangerous Will Jacks was killed. deep catch.

And when Ellis returned to send off skipper Billings because of a single given out by a judge caught after the third viewing, the hosts were in complete disarray.

Most were just 20 runs, and although Cox and Australian Cartwright stopped the bleeding, the figure continued to rise.

But Pollard gave Cox life on the 21st when he missed a set-piece catch to deny Thompson a third wicket, and when Cartwright hit a short ball from Chris Wood at 103 meters, home hopes were revived.


Jordan Thompson of London Spirit (center) celebrates winning The Oval (John Walton/PA)

In the next set, the wagon threw one hit from leg spinner Mason Crane over the ropes, but died in the next inning, throwing one wicket to Rossington to finish the upright at 74.

Cox and Tom Curran continued their search for an unlikely victory, but Ellis returned to the first, and when Curran (27) sank into the abyss, the case looked lost.

However, Briggs refused to give up the chase, dropping his target to 17 in the final set. Spinner hit Thompson with four consecutive shots, but Narine was unable to hit the required six balls from the last ball when Spirit ran home.