The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Monday August 16th
The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Monday August 16th
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The Hundred 2021: Monday August 16th
The Hundred Women’s Competition
Southern Brave (Women) 115/3 (20 ov)
Oval Invincibles (Women) 85/10 (18.4 ov)
Result - Southern Brave (Women) won by 30 runs
Southern Brave Women limbered up for Saturday's Hundred final by beating second-placed Oval Invincibles by 31 runs.
With the Invincibles already assured of a place in the eliminator at their home ground on Friday, both sides were playing for nothing more than pride, in what could potentially be a dress rehearsal for the decider at Lord's.
But it was the Brave who claimed the bragging rights with a resounding win despite being restricted to what appeared to be an under-par 115-3 before their bowlers struck back as the visitors lost their last eight wickets for 21 runs to be dismissed for 85 with six balls to spare.
Australian leg-spinner Amanda Jade Wellington took 4-12 and Lauren Bell 3-22 with only Invincibles skipper Dane van Niekerk and fellow South African Marizanne Kapp chalking up double figure scores.
Another excellent innings of 58 not out by England batter Sophia Dunkley helped the Brave to what appeared to be a modest score.
The Brave named Gaby Lewis at the top of the order after Smriti Mandhana returned home ahead of India's tour of Australia next month, but the Irish international fell to Tash Farren for just nine after Grace Gibbs took a smart catch above her head at mid-off.
Van Niekerk grabbed the crucial second wicket of in-form Danni Wyatt for 20, in what was a reward for some tight bowling from the hosts.
Van Niekerk, Alice Capsley and Kapp in particular bowled superbly to contain the hosts' powerful top order with only 39 runs scored from the first 50 balls.
But despite the bowlers playing their part they were not backed up in the field with Jo Gardner spilling two simple chances
Gardner first dropped by Dunkley for 30 and three balls later put down Stefanie Taylor for 11.
The pair eventually added 75 for the third wicket before the West Indies skipper was dismissed on the 98th ball by Farrant with Gardner finally holding on to a catch.
Southern Brave bowler Amanda Jade Wellington who took 4-12 - "I thought if we got to 110-115 it was defendable on a wicket like that. It was really hard to start on but once (Sophia) Dunkley and a few of the girls got going on that pitch it actually looked like a really good pitch.
"I think you can go into these games with a 50-50 mindset. Some people might think it is a dead rubber but we had to put on a display and put on a show for our crowd as well. It was important as well to show we can beat that sort of team as well. We did a fantastic job."
Oval Invincibles Tash Farrant - "Obviously we would have liked to have chased that down, but we gave them 20 runs in the field and we pride ourselves on our fielding and leaked a few runs through the middle.
"Sophia Dunkley batted really well but if we could have kept them to around 100 it would have been a much easier chase on a slow wicket.
"Obviously if we win our eliminator we are going to play the Brave in the final so we must put this result to bed and get ourselves up for the eliminator on Friday at The Oval."
The Hundred Men’s Competition
Southern Brave booked their spot in the Men's Hundred Eliminator and ended Oval Invincibles' hopes of progressing with a comfortable six-wicket victory in the winner-takes-all clash at the Ageas Bowl.
Southern Brave (Men) 135/4 (19 ov)
Oval Invincibles (Men) 134/7 (20 ov)
Result - Southern Brave (Men) won by 6 wickets
Chasing down a target of 135, the Brave ensured their involvement at the Kia Oval on Friday with five balls to spare despite losing key men Quinton de Kock, James Vince and Paul Stirling cheaply thanks to an unbeaten stand of 67 between Colin de Grandhomme and Alex Davies.
The In-form De Kock fell for nine to a magnificent diving catch from Jason Roy off Reece Topley's bowling with big-hitting Irish opener Stirling then dismissed for two by Tom Curran before Vince was run out for 13 as the home side found themselves in difficulties at 32-3 after 28 balls.
But fast bowler George Garton's quickfire 23, after being surprisingly promoted up the order, and two crucial knocks of 40 from Alex Davies and Colin de Grandhomme got their side over the line much to the delight of another sell-out crowd with the Lancashire batter hitting a six off Topley to wrap up the win.
After winning the toss and opting to field, the Brave recovered superbly after an ominous-looking start from the Invincibles, who raced to 46 from the first 16 balls before being reeled in by the home side's bowlers.
Opener Will Jacks bludgeoned 39 from just 13 deliveries before falling to Garton when he mistimed a pull shot and found the hands of Jake Lintott with Colin Ingram falling to the very next ball.
Skipper Sam Billings survived the hat-trick ball but his stay at the crease was brief as he followed Roy back to the pavilion as the visitors lost their two key batters for six and 12 respectively to find themselves in deep trouble at 64-4.
Sunil Narine, Laurie Evans and Tom Curran all failed to steady the ship as the Invincibles slumped to 99-7 as seven wickets fell for 53 runs, with Lintott finishing with figures of 3-14.
Kent left-hander Alex Blake helped Billings side see out their innings with a well-made 44 from 28 balls to at least give his side a target to try and defend but it proved to be an under-par total as the Brave men followed their women's side by reaching the knock-out stages of the competition.
Oval Invincibles skipper Sam Billings: "When you lose a few wickets, it's a case of getting a partnership together and we just didn't do that. That is incredibly disappointing because we did an excellent job to even have a sniff with the ball because it was a good pitch but we just batted poorly and wasn't smart. All we needed was to take it deep and all of a sudden you are looking at 150 plus. We should have got that at a canter.
"It is incredibly disappointing given the side we have, I think when we did click in those small glimpses across the competition we showed what a brilliant side we could be. But it was probably a case of too many individual performances and not getting a team collective together."
Southern Brave's Jake Lintott: "It was a really good win, I thought we showed a lot of fight, Davo (Alex Davies) has done so well to get us over the line there and there have been some good contributions from Colin (de Grandhomme) and personally it was great to contribute to a win as well.
"I think after 15 balls they were on 40 so we were really under the pump there and it would have been easy for heads to drop.
"But it is another example of the character in the team and what a tight-knit group we are."
Additional Reporting By Evie Ashton, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter, Southampton
Brave ride the magic of the Ageas
Davies and de Grandhomme clinch the winner-takes-all match to guarantee a place in the Eliminators
The stakes were at their highest. It was a must-win for both sides as a loss would destroy their chances of being in the Eliminator. Both teams were on identical records with four wins and nine points to their names. It was fitting therefore, that the match went down to the wire. Brave's win meant not a single Southern Brave match has been lost at their home ground, The Ageas Bowl. Maybe there’s magic in the air.
Invincibles’ fearless six-hitters
Will Jacks and Alex Blake were the away side's stars of the first innings. On Saturday, Jacks smacked 44 off 26 balls. Today he did the same again but with even more boundaries. He clubbed a 13-ball 39 at a very modern strike rate of 300, including three sixes and five fours. Utterly remarkable. Blake, no stranger himself to quick runs, produced a crucial 44 off 28 balls to ensure the Invincibles posted a competitive total.
Brave’s Brilliant Bowlers
Every bowler made welcome contributions to Brave’s efforts to restrict the Invincibles run rate. Jake Lintott claimed three scalps, including the wicket of the dangerous Sam Billings, on his way to the Match Hero award, and George Garton dispatched Jacks and Ingram to put a stop to two of the most destructive batters in the game.
Davies and de Grandhomme's match-winning partnership
Southern Brave looked to be in a precarious position when New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme walked out to join Alex Davies at the crease. De Grandhomme hadn't enjoyed the best of competitions up to this point and Quinton De Kock and James Vince, two players Brave have relied on, were back in the hutch.
If Southern Brave ever needed a match-winning partnership, then the time was now. To the home crowd’s relief, Davies and de Grandhomme came to the rescue. In breath-taking style they built a strong and controlled partnership enabling them to chase down the target of 135.
With five balls to go, Davies ended it in style - sending an pull shot off the back foot over deep backward square leg for six, leading Southern Brave to the top of the points table.
The magic of the Ageas Bowl
Southern Brave’s men and women certainly looked after their home crowd. Not a single game has gone against the Brave on their home patch.
In all four matches, the men’s side stepped up to chase the winning total, hanging in there at the death. Quinton De Kock and James Vince delivered when it mattered most, and tonight Davies and de Grandhomme continued the theme.
Southern Brave men have shaped up to be an excellent team, despite a slow start, and are well deserving of a place in the eliminator. Time will tell whether they can join their female counterparts in the final, but you wouldn't bet against it after tonight.
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