Georgia Adams keeps Oval Invincibles on course for Elimantor Spot
Georgia Adams’s unbeaten 37 marshalled Oval Invincibles to an eight-wicket London derby victory over London Spirit which keeps them on course for an Eliminator spot.
Oval Invincibles (Women) 107/2 (17.2 ov)
London Spirit (Women) 103/9 (20 ov)
Result - Oval Invincibles (Women) won by 8 wickets
Opening batter Adams put on 44 with Fran Wilson and another unbroken 44 with the returning Marizanne Kapp to chase down Spirit’s below par 103 with 13 balls to spare.
South African quick Kapp and 17-year-old spinner Alice Capsey had put the wheels of victory in motion with figures of two for 12 and two for 15.
Invincibles can afford a no result from their final game, against the already confirmed finalists Southern Brave, while Spirit can no longer progress.
Spirit were asked to bat, on a perfect south London afternoon with 11,591 in attendance, and lost Naomi Dattani to the seventh ball of the innings when she flailed to extra cover.
Knight was dropped on one but motored by taking Shabnim Ismail for back-to-back boundaries before sweeping Mady Villiers twice to the ropes.
Her England team-mate Beaumont was equally aggressive and showcased her trademark mix of flicks and power.
The pair put on 76 – the Spirit’s highest partnership of the tournament – before a second half of the 100 nightmare, kicked off when Knight top-edged a sweep to short fine leg.
Beaumont smashed the 59th ball through extra cover for the last boundary of the innings and was then run out for 42, followed by Dani Gibson falling lbw two balls later to end a run of three wickets in 12 balls.
Deandra Dottin was bowled sweeping to give Capsey a second and Chloe Tryon was castled by compatriot Kapp – who was excellent on return from a quad injury which had kept her out since the opening night.
Charlie Dean and Sophie Munro were run out in the last end with Freya Davies bowled for a golden duck as Spirit lost 24 for eight.
Dane van Niekerk began the chase with three boundaries before a Munro away nipper was caught behind.
Instead of crumbling after the loss of their most profitably batter, Adams and Wilson rebuilt in no thrills style – dealing almost exclusively in singles – before Wilson whacked Munro for two legside boundaries with the 46th and 47th balls.
After another swept four, Wilson was stumped after stumbling to end the 44-run stand, but Kapp joined with Adams to ease Invincibles to the finish line.
Kapp finished off the simple chase with a fine clip off her legs to the boundary.
Oval Invincibles batter Georgia Adams, who scored an unbeaten 37:
“It was a really big game for us so to get a convincing win like that is brilliant.
“They had a good partnership going but it shows how two or three wickets can put the game on its head and it shows that you are never out of it.
“It is great to have the two Saffers [Kapp and Ismail] back. They got us off to a great Powerplay and then Kappsy at the end bowling straight the stumps showed her talent and the quality of her death bowling.
“We were winding Capsey up yesterday that on her Topps Match Attax card her bowling is ranked pretty low. They haven’t done her justice there; I’m on 45 and she’s on 20! But she is proving to be such a skilful off spinner in every situation and it is really pleasing to watch.
“She’ll love having Heather Knight in her pocket!
“I didn’t feel like I had to do too much. I was just trying to hit the pockets and sweepers hard on a slow wicket. All credit to the girls who came in and batted with me as they made it pretty easy for me to play the way I play.”
London Spirit captain Heather Knight:
“Today our batting let us down from the position we were in me and Tammy had. It wasn’t easy to bat but I think we lost five or six wickets in the last eight balls and from there you aren’t going to win many games of cricket.
“I think we have shown bits in the tournament but we haven’t put it together and put on those big scores and partnerships.
“The Invincibles bowled really well and kept the stumps in the game and then we didn’t find the wickets.
“Capsey has played well. She batted well against us at Lord’s and has been contributing with the ball as well. She is an exciting prospect but still needs time to develop and keep progressing as a cricketer. I’m sure she has a very bright future.
“The good thing about this competition is that players come out of nowhere and put in performances and she is an exciting one.
“The tournament has been awesome. It has been fast and frantic which is what you need to prepare for international cricket. I feel like it will develop the skills of the players, and the England players. It is great for the future of the England team and will unearth new players, who we know can play under pressure.”