Trent Rockets begin title defence with thrilling win over Southern
Craig Overton dismissed England’s Alex Hales and Dawid Malan in the powerplay after the Rockets were put into bat.
Hain was joined in the middle by Imad Wasim – a Pakistan all-rounder drafted in as a late replacement for Rashid Khan, who was injured.
In a partnership of 78, Hain played some eye-catching shots – including a reverse-scoop that became a reverse pull for four – after a period of consolidation.
After Jordan ran out Hain in the final set, he bowled Wasim and Matthew Carter with his next two balls to complete a hat-trick for his team.
After a steady start, Brave reached 41-0 before a mid-inning collapse saw them slump to 89-6 on a tricky surface.
While Leus du Plooy and Jordan kept the Brave in contention, Jordan’s clean hitting ensured that the Brave would prevail.
In the end, it was the Rockets who won, with Daniel Sams bowling Jordan with three balls remaining, Overton run out next ball, and Sams trapping Tymal Mills lbw to seal the win with the game’s second team hat-trick.
The Hundred couldn’t have had a tougher act to follow after the thrilling Ashes finish the day before.
As soon as the home side struggled and boundaries were scarce, the first match of the men’s competition threatened to end in a whimper. However, an exciting finish had the crowd on the edge of their seats by the end.
He showed power and invention, along with a cool head, as he dug the Rockets out of a hole in Nottingham with a brilliant innings.
Despite his hard work, Jordan nearly undid him. In addition to showcasing his death bowling skills with a pair of pin-point yorkers, England’s captain showed off his fielding prowess.
After limiting the Rockets’ bats, Jordan almost did the same with the ball.
Despite two big sixes, Sams made sure a highly energized crowd would go home happy with an unerring yorker of his own.
After a slow start, this was a game that swung from one direction to another. Once again, the Hundred is upon us.