Glenn Maxwell may have been overshadowed by Adam Rossington’s record hit, but he shone enough with bat and ball to help London Spirit maintain their perfect record in The Hundred.
England’s Rossington took center stage with the fastest fifty in the competition, hitting just 15 balls, as Spirit smashed their target of 144 against Northern Superchargers at Headingley on Sunday.
But Australian star Maxwell was also a big part of wrapping up the seven-wicket victory – with 18 balls to spare – as Lord’s franchise have almost certainly already secured a place in the knockout stages by winning their fourth consecutive game.
The Victorian hit an unbeaten 43 on just 25 balls to take them home after earlier conceding just six runs and taking a key wicket on 15 balls in a spell that helped strangle the Superchargers.
Those are game-changing contributions from the 33-year-old, who has to cut his Hundred campaign short after being included in Australia’s 14-man squad for ODIs against Zimbabwe and New Zealand.
Maxwell provided Spirit with the perfect start while leg spinner Mason Crane also shone, taking 2-23 to limit the Superchargers at 5-143.
The Aussie did the most to ensure he scored just 23 on his 25-ball Powerplay, and he got rid of the dangerous Adam Lyth, who missed his off-spin halfway through.
He’s played 10 of his 15 deliveries in a row, under competition rules that allow throwing consecutive five-ball blocks, making life difficult for hitters from the get-go.
Chasing the 144 target, Rossington hit nine of his first 15 for four or six balls, roaring 66 on 25 balls.
This laid the perfect foundation for Maxwell, who hit six fours and a six as Spirit headed for the target.
In the final game, Will Jacks beat the competition’s highest scorer to guide Oval Invincibles to their third successive victory, beating Southern Brave by seven wickets.
Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis had a quick 37-for-27 shot, with two fours and two sixes, as Brave’s top scorer in their 6-137 tally.
But it was no game for Jacks, who had hit 81 in his previous match against Welsh Fire, this time beating 108 runs on 48 balls to overtake Will Smeed’s 101 for Birmingham Phoenix four days earlier.
The 23-year-old’s innings included eight sixes and 10 fours as the Invincibles returned home with 18 deliveries still unused.
Stoinis had previously cracked Sam Curran for what proved the only two sixes innings, but once he succumbed to Mohammad Hasnain’s first delivery, topping the list in longtime hands, it was another Australian Tim David to try to provide fulfillment.
Still, he could get the odd destructive shot, with 22 of his 17 bullets.
Jacks was the star of the show and was particularly tough on fellow Aussie veteran Michael Hogan, slamming him for two front sixes, as well as Stoinis, who hit 27 of the 15 he sent.