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Buttler, Russell smash Braves in Hundred

Jos Buttler and Andre Russell smashed scintillating half-centuries as the Manchester Originals crushed reigning Hundred champions Southern Brave by 68 runs at the Ageas Bowl.

Buttler hammered 68 off 42 balls and Russell flayed an unbeaten 64 off 23 as the Originals exploited the Brave’s under-strength bowling attack to reach an imposing 4-188.

Paul Walter then took three wickets to help bowl the Brave out for 120, giving the Originals their second win in three days.

Brave have claimed just one win in their opening five matches after a disappointing home defeat which all but ends their chances of defending their title.

Brave openers Quinton De Kock and James Vince shared a rapid 36 in 17 balls, before Australian allrounder Sean Abbott snared Vince with a stunning one-handed return catch.

Marcus Stoinis did not last long in his final outing for the Brave, sweeping straight to square-leg off Tom Hartley.

Tristan Stubbs dismissed Alex Davies and claimed the key wicket of De Kock three balls later to effectively end the Brave’s chances.

Russell continued his stellar all-round performance by dismissing the out-of-form Tim David and James Fuller went first ball to Walter as the Brave fell well short, despite George Garton’s entertaining 25.

Matt Parkinson finished the game by getting Michael Hogan stumped as the Brave were bowled out with 16 balls to spare.

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