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Recent Match Report – London Spirit (Men) vs Welsh Fire (Men), The Hundred Men’s Competition 2022, Match 24

spirit of london 156 for 6 (Lawrence 43, Rossington 32, McDermott 32) beaten welsh fire 139 for 9 (Duckett 34, du Plooy 30, Lawrence 4-20, Wood 4-28) by 17 points

Dan Lawrence played with bat and ball as London Spirit recorded their fifth of six wins in their Hundred campaign, beating winless Welsh Fire by 18 runs.

The England international scored for his side with an impressive 43 from 26 and with Adam Rossington and Ben McDermott weighing in at 32 each, Spirit set an ambitious target of 157 despite Ich Sodhiis a tight spell in its early days.

Lawrence made sure the total was never seriously challenged by decimating Fire’s best order with 4 for 20, and despite a few explosive hits from the middle order, Fire failed.

After Fire won the toss and opted to line up, the Spirit Rossington flyhalf produced the first pyros with a boundary wave off Dwaine Pretorius and David Payne. His partner Daniel Bell-Drummond was defeated by a beauty from Jake Ball, but Rossington’s hard hitting put the hosts 41-for-one at the end of the power play.

Fire’s replacement for Adam Zampa, Sodhi, applied the brakes, giving up just two points in his front five and the pressure was revealed when Rossington swept the New Zealand legpinner straight into Ben Duckett’s throat from deep . Eoin Morgan went without scoring but McDermott picked up where Rossington left off, smashing his second longer six.

McDermott also fell under the magic of Sodhi, at which point he went 2 for 6 in 14 deliveries. But Lawrence caused a dent in his bowling tricks, planting him twice in the grandstand.

A longside third six followed as he endangered the cameras beyond the longest square boundary and with Kieron Pollard also clearing the ropes in his final appearance before returning to the Caribbean Premier League, Spirit posted a competitive 156.

Fire struggled for momentum from the start, taking 17 balls to find the boundary and out-of-form Joe Clarke broke through shortly after Thompson’s bowling trying to take the airway.

Afterwards, Lawrence returned to center stage – his delivery to Captain Josh Cobb caused him to skew his efforts and he was comfortably caught by Bell-Drummond; two balls later he yorked Bethell with a beauty and David Miller’s effort was grabbed by Pollard on the edge of the boundary.

Pretorius and Duckett briefly lifted Fire’s hopes with a 52-of-28 partnership, the latter hitting two big sixes, but Lawrence returned to Castle Duckett with the last bullet of his spell.

Leus du Plooy rose to the challenge by batting straight sixes and Matt Critchley shot 21 on six, but Chris Wood dismissed both in the final set of five to finish with 4 for 28 as Spirit took the win.