Aussie heartbreak in Hundred eliminator

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London Spirit's dream of reaching the Hundred men's final has been crushed, with Laurie Evans blasting a superb 72 off 34 balls to steer Manchester Originals to a five-wicket win in their eliminator.

The Spirit, coached by Australian Trevor Bayliss, posted a competitive 7-150 at the Rose Bowl on Friday.

Australian star Ben McDermott was the mainstay of the innings smashing 59 of 38 balls, an innings that included eight fours and a six.

After Adam Rossington fell to the second ball, McDermott and Zak Crawley got the innings rolling with a 69-run stand.

McDermott was imperious from ball two, which he thrashed over the square boundary before bashing through cover next ball.

Crawley was bowled by Paul Walter for a 23-ball 36, but McDermott kicked into the next gear as he guided through third to bring up a 33-ball 50 - his eventual 59 one shy of his best for his county on this ground.

An enormous total was brewing, but the innings spluttered between balls 74 and 85.

In reply, opening bat and stand-in captain Evans got his side off to a flier with a 101-run stand with Phil Salt.

But a wobble caused by Mason Crane (2-35) and Australian Nathan Ellis (2-31) gave Eoin Morgan's men hope.

The Hobart Hurricane removed Wayne Madsen and Paul Walter cheaply, but the Originals got over the line with 11 balls to spare.

The Originals will now face the Trent Rockets at Lord's in Saturday's final.