The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Friday August 6th
The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Friday August 6th
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The Hundred 2021: Friday August 6th
The Hundred Women’s Competition
Welsh Fire (Women) 102/10 (20 ov) vs Trent Rockets (Women) 103/6 (18.2 ov)
Trent Rockets (Women) won by 4 wickets
The Trent Rockets claimed victory over the Welsh Fire in Cardiff by four wickets with eight balls to spare thanks to an excellent fifty from Nat Sciver.
The Rockets did a brilliant job at keeping the fire batting under control with Heather Graham and Sammy-Jo Johnson claiming three wickets each as the Fire reached 102 all out from their 100 balls.
Sciver made light work of that small target, making a measured 54 from 40 balls that set up the win.
This win takes the Rockets to fourth in The Hundred table and within striking distance of a top three spot and qualification for the knockout stages of the tournament.
Having been put into bat the Fire struggled to get going inside the PowerPlay with Hayley Matthews struggling for timing for the first time in the tournament thus far. After 25 balls the home team had reached 22 without loss and by the halfway stage of their innings they were 52 for two with Matthews on 13 from 25 balls.
There was an acceleration from Matthews as she scored 15 runs in the next six balls she faced. It was exactly what the team needed but she couldn’t sustain that scoring rate, slicing a catch to Nancy Harman off the bowling of Heather Graham.
When Graham bowled Sarah Taylor two balls later the Fire had lost all the impetus that the flurry of Matthews boundaries had given them as they found themselves with two batters who had yet to face a ball in the middle.
When Taylor fell the score was 76 for four from 63 balls. In the remaining 27 balls of their innings the fire managed 26 runs for the loss of six wickets, finishing on 102 all out in a batting effort that included three run outs and three stumpings.
The Fire had a sub-par target to defend but they began well with the ball, with Sammy-Jo Johnson and Rachel Priest dismissed inside the first 15 balls.
From there the Fire struggled to stay in the game as a 66-run partnership between Sciver and Katherine Brunt put the result beyond doubt.
Brunt and Sciver were amongst four wickets to fall as the Rockets closed in on their target but despite this late flurry it was never enough to put the result in serious doubt.
Piepa Cleary, Welsh Fire
In the end we thought even an extra 20 runs would have left us a little bit more in the game as I thought we bowled well. We just need our middle order to fire with the bat and I think it showed having a set batter is really important. I think it is just key having one of our top four in at the end to be honest. It looks like it is hard to start, we saw that with their team as well, so three, four or five needs to be there at the end to kick it along with everyone else.
Nat Sciver, Trent Rockets
I would love to have been out there to finish it off. It makes it hard when you have to watch rather than being out there able to do something about it. For batters to come in under that pressure and get them over the line was really important. Not everyone has had a bat in the competition, so it is good for them to come in under that pressure and get us over the line as well.
We did really well to restrict them to that total. Obviously they have got some important batters that we were very happy to see the back of, we did brilliantly in the bowling innings.We did a lot of things right in the field, that first half was brilliant.
The Hundred Men’s Competition
Trent Rockets (Men)140/4 (18 ov) beat Welsh Fire (Men) by 6 wickets
A quick fire 46 from Samit Patel and a superb spell of death bowling from Wahab Riaz took Trent Rockets to the top of The Hundred table as they brushed aside the Welsh Fire in Cardiff.
The Fire had looked set for a very big total after a 72-run stand between Glenn Phillips and Leus du Plooy, but Wahab brought the Rockets back into the game at the death.
The early dismissal of D’Arcy Short and a cluster of wickets in the middle of the Rockets’ innings had given the Fire hope of defending the 140-run target but Patel’s intelligent innings took the Rockets to a straightforward win.
This victory takes the Rockets to eight points, two points clear of the chasing pack with three group matches still to play.
The Fire lost two early wickets with Tom Banton and Ian Cockbain both falling inside the PowerPlay. Phillips and Ben Duckett looked to rebuild after the loss of both openers, taking the fire to 53 before Duckett was the third wicket to fall when he skied a catch of Steven Mullaney to Riaz.
That brought together Leus du Plooy and Phillips who put on the biggest stand of the match. Phillips brought up his first half century of The Hundred from just 34 balls. Unfortunately for the home team he could not go on from there, falling to the very next ball.
With Phillips and du Plooy well set the Fire were eyeing up a total 150 or more. That became 139 for eight at the end of their 100 balls thanks to a superb final 10 balls from Wahab Riaz in which he conceded just 11 runs and claimed three wickets.
The Rockets looked to build a solid platform at the start of their innings, reaching 31 for two at the end of their PowerPlay. The cluster of three wickets gave the Fire a chance of defending the total but Patel and Lewis Gregory put on an undefeated stand of 69 from just 33 balls to take their side to victory.
Patel’s innings included six sixes, including a big shot over the bowler’s head to win the game. The Rockets won by six wickets with 10 balls to spare and they are very well placed to claim one of the three spots in the latter stages of the tournament.
Glenn Phillips, Welsh Fire
There were multiple points in the game where we could have turned it around and unfortunately we didn’t. I don’t think we adapted enough to the conditions bowling wise. We were a little bit under par as well but we got ourselves into a winning position with the ball. It was just a little bit disappointing to not come out on top of that.
I think we had much more than a sniff [of winning the game]. I think we definitely failed to use the big side of the boundary at all and there is not much you can do as a fielder from the other side, but I think there were a few things in our thinking that didn’t quite go our way today but in terms of the efforts of the guys they gave it everything and that is all we can ever ask.
Lewis Gregory, Trent Rockets
It is obviously a reasonably short competition in terms of cricket comps and it is obviously vital to get off to a really good start. We couldn’t have asked for a huge amount more really. We’ve been pretty clinical with the ball throughout and got the job done with the bat when needed to. And the nice thing is that it is different guys sticking their hands up throughout the competition when we are needing them to.
Wahab is obviously a clinical performer across the world for a number of years. To have his services we are obviously very lucky and very fortunate. He performed really well at the end and it is the difference between chasing 140 and 155 or something like that if it had got away from us a the back end. That could be the difference in games like that.
By Dafydd Jones, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter, Cardiff
Welsh Fire hosting an in-form Trent Rockets was a tale of two teams of complete opposites.
The Fire came into the tournament as huge underdogs and despite winning their opening two fixtures, they are now on a three-game losing streak.
Gary Kirsten’s side have been decimated by ill-fortune.
Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc were initially selected as star overseas named. They were replaced by Kieron Pollard and Jhye Richardson, only for the same fate to befall them.
Questions have also been constant of the connection between a restricted capacity crowd and the team.
Compare that to the state of the Trent Rockets and everything is right. The difference is night and day.
They’re on top the world right now and the table shows it. The contest followed the script. The team in yellow were just too good.
Now two points clear at the top of the ladder, they’re leading the race to book a spot at Lord’s in 15 days’ time in the first-ever Hundred final.
Head coach Andy Flower will look inside his toolbox and see a side that is fully equipped to go all the way; their squad is quite simply frightening.
Their overseas players in Wahab Riaz, Rashid Khan and D’Arcy Short are all world-class.
Riaz in particular put in a match-winning performance, restricting the late Welsh Fire charge.
They’re also well-represented by local players. Samit Patel is a Nottinghamshire legend, having been a loyal servant to the club since 2002.
His exceptional 46 not out off 20 balls ultimately became the difference between the two sides.
Now at 36 years of age, what a story it would be for Patel to fire his local side to Hundred history in a late-career hurrah.
Opener Alex Hales is another who plies his trade at Trent Bridge and now has the perfect platform to cement his place as one of the best limited overs batter in world cricket, as he is constantly partnered at the crease by quality.
You can add Steven Mullaney to the list. The all-rounder has been a great servant to Nottinghamshire since 2010 and was named captain in 2017.
The plethora of local heroes in the side makes for a strong connection between the supporters and the team on the pitch.
Ironically, the Rockets even tick the box of a few familiar faces to Glamorgan fans in Timm van der Gugten and former Daff Marchant de Lange.
Andy Flower’s side are well-supported, well-equipped and look on course to make Hundred history.
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