Buttler beaming after Birmingham blown away
Manchester Originals skipper Jos Buttler admitted it "wasn't pretty" but said he was delighted to see his team claim their first win of The Hundred against Birmingham Phoenix at Old Trafford.
Phoenix became the first team to be bowled out short of completing their 100 balls as they could only muster 87 from 84 deliveries after winning the toss and choosing to bat first.
And the Originals, 1213.00 to win The Hundred, made no mistake with the chase, Buttler top scoring with a run-a-ball 30 as the hosts reached 89-4 with 27 balls to spare.
You have to find a way to win those games and I'm delighted we did that.Jos Buttler
Matt Parkinson starred with the ball with figures of four for nine, including the scalp of Birmingham's big-hitting danger man Liam Livingstone for 12. Livingstone has been in sensational form, hitting the fastest ever century for England in the first T20I against Pakistan earlier this month. Carlos Brathwaite and Calvin Harrison also took a couple of wickets each.
In reply, Phil Salt smashed 22 from just 11 balls but faced with such a meagre target the Originals limped home easily enough, Buttler taking his time scoring 30 off 31 balls.
It was a welcome two points for Manchester after they had lost their opener to Oval Invincibles by nine runs and Buttler was quick to praise his ide's individual and collective performances.
"We're absolutely delighted to get the win," Buttler told reporters. "It was an attritional game of cricket, not pretty, but you have to find a way to win those games and I'm delighted we did that.
"We managed to take wickets throughout, which meant we kept putting pressure on them. Full credit to the guys; Parkinson was obviously fantastic with four wickets."