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Ellis wins Spirit to London Derby

Nathan Ellis bowled the London Spirit to a Capital Derby victory over Oval Invincibles, striking an impressive opening burst and a death spell in a hundred matches.

The 27-year-old Australian held off English batsman Jason Roy in the first ball and caught dangerous Sam Billings 2-8 in the first 10 balls on Thursday.

The last returning Ellis bowled Jordan Cox (30 to 39). The Invincibles pursued an unlikely victory at The Oval where he faced a full house of over 27,000 people.

We set 172 to win, finished 7-168 and lost by 3 runs. Ellis finished 3-28 as he finished 3-28 out of 20 balls.

His excellent start in England’s 100-ball tournament was followed by excellent finishes in other domestic short-format competitions when Ellis bowled to victory over the Hampshire Hawks on the last-ball wicket on the T20 Blast Final Day.

Since August 2021, he has made his debut for the Australian T20 and ODI teams, following his breakthrough at international level.

Ellis, who was named Match Hero, said, “This has happened really quickly in the last 18 months. I’m trying to absorb everything and be like a sponge around the best players in the world.

“I am grateful for that and let each day come.”

With Australia’s Whiteball International also catching Will Jacks and Glenn Maxwell catching Sam Curran, the Invincibles are now 4-12 and seemingly no longer have a chance to overhaul the Spirit’s 6-171.

However, with the batters teing off in all order, the Invincibles came close enough to worry the Spirit, and Sunil Narine was unable to hit the four needed for a final-ball tie.

The Australian pair’s only mishap came when they failed to bond at the border to catch a big hit from Hilton Cartwright. Ellis caught the ball, but failed to transfer it to the waiting Maxwell before it went over the bounding ropes.

But Cartwright, who started to loosen up, caught up behind the next ball and was sent off 23-42.

Maxwell, who had no need to bowl, scored 18 in the Spirit’s innings. The highlight was a hard hitting 47 of his 29 by Eoin his Morgan.

Spirit was to be coached by Shane Warne, but after his untimely death Australian Trevor Bayliss, the driving force behind England’s ODI World Cup success, stepped in.

Ellis wins Spirit to London Derby

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