The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Friday August 20th
The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Friday August 20th
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The Hundred 2021: Friday August 20th
The Hundred Women’s Competition
Oval Invincibles 114/6 beat Birmingham Phoenix 94 by 20 runs
Marizanne Kapp produced a scintillating all-round performance to send Oval Invincibles to The Hundred final after a 20-run victory over Birmingham Phoenix.
South African Kapp and Alice Capsey’s half-century partnership helped the Invincibles up to 114 – although Emily Arlott’s accuracy and Kirstie Gordon’s two for 22 had stemmed them from anything more impressive.
Phoenix appeared to be cruising at 66 for two at the halfway point before Kapp’s three for 21 and Tash Farrant’s four for 10 turned the match around – as Phoenix were bowled out for 94 with six balls to spare.
Invincibles will now face Southern Brave in the final at Lord’s on Saturday/tomorrow.
Invincibles, having been put in at the Kia Oval, spent the first half of their innings slowly accumulating runs while losing wickets.
Georgia Adams initially got away with an edge behind before a tentatively taken review betrayed her before Dane van Niekerk chipped to mid on and Fran Wilson smashed back at a pumped-up Gordon.
At 36 for three a resurgence was desperately needed and through Kapp and Capsey they found the backbone of their total.
Capsey, who recently took her GCSEs, once again underlined why many consider her to be the future of England’s top-order.
The 17-year-old twice thrashed through mid-off to sandwich a sumptuous reverse sweep – each boundary met with the waving of a handmade “Capsey my hero” banner from a young girl among the 12,125 in attendance.
Kapp was equally effective in the 54-run stand and muscled a six over long-on before skying to long on to depart for 37.
The foundations for a decent total had been laid but a horror last 10 balls saw them only score 14 runs while losing Capsey and Jo Gardner run out and Mady Villiers caught.
In reply, Shafali Verma’s opening replacement Katie Mack edged Kapp behind third ball before Eve Jones fell in identical style to the 13th ball of the innings, but the first she had faced.
Australian Erin Burns and Amy Jones appeared to have the chase in order having serenely put on 52 but in two balls set about an almighty collapse of eight for 28 in 44 balls.
Burns was incredibly caught by a fully extended Farrant at mid-off and then Jones offered a simple catch extra cover.
Another fine catch, this time a caught and bowled by van Niekerk, saw off Marie Kelly, before Issy Wong had her leg stump removed by Ismail.
The wheels completely fell off as Gwenan Davies top-edged to Bryce, Georgia Elwiss was caught and bowled by Capsey, Arlott slogged to long on and Gordon struck to cover.
Oval Invincibles fast bowler Tash Farrant, who took four for 10 (The Hundred’s best bowling figures):
“We are so happy to get through to the final. That was our goal and to win that game was really special.
“Kappy started so well and had a really good 10 or 15 to put them on the back foot and then they had a good partnership but we knew if we got a few wickets we were into the tail. It has been great to have Kapp and Ismail around as two of the best bowlers in the world.
“Kappy and Capsey’s partnership was crucial. We were a bit short with the bat but they got us up to a defendable score
“It isn’t frustrating we can’t celebrate today. It is a big enough carrot dangling in front of us to win at Lord’s tomorrow. We’ll rest up, get some protein shakes, have a good stretch and be raring to go tomorrow.”
Birmingham Phoenix head coach Ben Sawyer:
“It is very disappointing to lose those wickets in such a short period of time. You aren’t going to win many games doing that.
“If Amy and Erin could have faced another 20 balls I would have felt confident but it is always hard when you lose your two set batters one after another. It is difficult for a young lineup to come in with a run a ball against bowlers like Kapp and Ismail.
“This game can’t define our season. We are a very young team and it looks good for the future. It is important they leave here with their heads up.”
Additional Reporting By Ellen McLaughlin, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter, London
Tash Farrant admitted she had to hold back tears as she fronted the TV cameras immediately after leading the Oval Invincibles into an historic first-ever The Hundred women’s final.
The Hundred may only be a couple of weeks old, but the emotion of a breakthrough month for the women’s game was evident in the tremble of Tarrant’s voice.
The 25-year-old Tarrant is one of the most endearing figures in the women’s game and a Lord’s final on Saturday marks the next stage in her story of redemption.
She has already written most of the script over the past month.
Tarrant is the competition’s leading wicket-taker, with 18 wickets, and tonight she was the match-winner as the Invincibles somehow defended 114.
Farrant kick-started the fightback when she took an unbelievable catch off the bowling of Dane van Nierkerk at a stage in the game when the Phoenix was seemingly cruising to victory.
What followed next was remarkable. In the space of 30 balls, six more wickets fell as the Phoenix collapsed.
After her contender for catch of the competition Farrant provided clear evidence of her on-field presence as she then return incredible figures of 19 balls, 10 runs and four wickets.
But it hasn’t always been a simple path for Tash Farrant.
Two years ago she was dropped by England and lost her central contract, the lowest point of her career.
After starting her international career as a 17-year-old all of a sudden she had to reassess her whole future as a professional cricketer.
It was at this stage that the safety net of regional contracts for women’s players without an England contract that allowed Farrant to rebuild her game.
She remodelled her bowling technique, to provide greater variation in her game, so that when the Hundred arrived she was ready for the newest and biggest stage in women’s cricket.
Farrant has taken the opportunity with both hands - both metaphorically and physically.
Farrant will head to Lord’s tomorrow with nothing to lose – having already reached the highs and touched the lows in the game.
She has taken the lows and translated them into new highs and in doing so has probably created a real challenge for the England selectors ahead of the women’s upcoming series against New Zealand in September.
The Hundred has given her that platform, the competition promoting excellence in a high-pressure environment that challenges batters, fielders and bowlers.
The result has been a shop window into women’s cricket that without the Hundred would not have been available.
The women’s game has taken that chance in front of record crowds and sports fans who have found new heroes.
Women’s cricket is now viewed in a new light that showcases, not just their ability as cricketers, but also their stories as individuals; and what cricket has done for them.
Tash Farrant epitomises everything positive in a professional sports person, her attitude, her mental strength, her ability and her commitment even in the darkest times.
The final will be the perfect opportunity not only to enjoy the end of a brilliant month of women’s cricket but also the careers and storylines of players like Farrant.
:: The ECB’s Hundred Rising is providing eight aspiring, young journalists the opportunity to tell the story of The Hundred men’s and women’s competitions through their own eyes.
The Hundred Men’s Competition
Southern Brave 97/3 beat Trent Rockets by 7 wickets
Southern Brave sauntered into The Hundred final after an emphatic bowling display blew away Trent Rockets in a seven-wicket victory.
George Garton set the tone with three wickets in the Powerplay before Tymal Mills produced the fourth most economical spell in the tournament with three for eight.
Craig Overton claimed two for 25 and Chris Jordan two for 15 as Rockets were rolled over for 96 in front of 21,458 at the Kia Oval– their worst total of the competition.
Paul Sterling and James Vince – 31 off 19 and 41 not out off 26 respectively – made light work of the chase to complete the one-sided triumph with 32 balls to spare.
Brave will face table-topping Birmingham Phoenix at Lord’s on Saturday/tomorrow, and will hope for a south coast double - with their women taking on Oval Invincibles.
Brave’s fast bowlers were relentless from the off.
Garton, having asked the Rockets to bat, found Dawid Malan’s inside edge and then Alex Hales’ outside edge with a slower ball.
Overton bowled a swinging Steven Mullaney in the next five before Garton returned again from the Pavilion End to find D’Arcy Short spooning to midwicket – the fast bowler returning a personal Hundred best of three for 18.
After a mini-31-run revival, Lewis Gregory thrashed Mills to cover and Samit Patel was caught by Jake Lintott – who flung himself full stretch to his left.
Tom Moores drilled back-to-back sixes but picked out long-on, Rashid Khan was deceived by a slower ball to give point an over the head catch and Matthew Carter and Marchant de Lange were caught behind. The last five wickets of the doomed innings fell for just 14 runs.
In reply, there were little nerves. Paul Sterling dinked a cute sweep to the boundary before ending the first five with a flat pulled six into the JM Finn Stand.
Quinton de Kock went after de Lange – who took five wickets in the group stage meeting – initially clipping through midwicket before giving Sam Cook a long hang-time at deep fine leg.
The blistering start recommenced when Vince crashed Rashid – who painted the colours of the pre-Taliban Afghan flag on his face – for two fours and a six, and Sterling pinged Cook back over his head to reach 50 by the end of the Powerplay.
With 28 still needed, Sterling was caught, at the second attempt, and soon after Alex Davies edged behind but Vince and Ross Whiteley knocked off the remaining runs with few cares.
Southern Brave fast bowler George Garton, who took three for 18:
“I think as a bowling unit we bowled really well. It is always hard to leave someone as Danny Briggs out but the tactics to bring in Craig Overton on a wicket that looked fresh worked. Then to take as many wickets as we did in the Powerplay was really crucial.
“They are a little top-heavy so to get early wickets was crucial.
“As a team across men and women there has been a good integration and a togetherness. There is always a lot of chat between the two teams. We are a tightknit group. The girls have absolutely smashed it and it is great we are in the final as well.
“The lads will celebrate a little bit and have lots of chats. The game isn’t until the evening so we have plenty of time to enjoy tonight’s win and then get focused for tomorrow.”
Trent Rockets fast bowler Marchant de Lange, who took two for 16:
“It is difficult for me to judge the batting performance. As soon as you lose a wicket you lose momentum in shorter formats; you are always under pressure if you face a couple of balls without scoring runs. We never kicked on but that happens.
“We didn’t maximise the hundred balls and on the day we weren’t good enough. It is just one of those days.
“There was no scoreboard pressure for them so it is always difficult for bowlers from there. It was James Vince’s day today.
“I think this tournament has been a big success. We have seen a lot of youngsters putting up there hands and it is a good platform for English cricket.
“We would have loved to go all the way to Lord’s but maybe next year!”
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