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The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Monday August 2nd

Oval Invincibles fans at the Kia Oval
Oval Invincibles fans at the Kia Oval
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The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Monday August 2nd

The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Monday August 2nd

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The Hundred 2021: Monday August 2nd

The Hundred Women’s Competition


Oval Invincibles v Welsh Fire, Kia Oval 15:00

Match Summary

Oval Invincibles (Women) 100/9 (20 ov)

Welsh Fire (Women) 112/6 (20 ov)

Welsh Fire (Women) won by 12 runs.

SCORECARD

Oval Invincibles failed to chase a modest total for the second time in three days as Welsh Fire brilliantly defended 112.

Fire laboured to a below-par score, albeit on a slow Kia Oval pitch, with contributions of 30 from Georgia Redmayne and Sarah Taylor’s eye-catching 29.

Invincibles lost to Northern Superchargers having botched targeting 109 and repeated the feat in front of 10,193 on their home patch – as Nicole Harvey and Hayley Matthews lead the resistance with two for 11 and three for 23 with the hosts only mustering 100 to lose by 12 runs.

Invincibles chose to bowl and restricted the Fire to 112 despite being without injured South African duo Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail.

Alice Capsey, Tash Farrant, Mady Villiers and captain Dane van Niekerk all picked up a wicket apiece – with the latter the most parsimonious as only 10 runs came from her 20 balls.

Bryony Smith was caught behind by a juggling Sarah Bryce to Villiers’ first ball before overseas stars Redmayne, who struck her first two balls to the boundary, and Hayley Matthews built the foundations by putting on 47 from 32 balls for the second wicket.

Matthews, who scored a match-winning unbeaten 71 against Manchester Originals on Saturday, was bowled by van Niekerk for 21 and Redmayne perished to a Grace Gibbs run out.

Sarah Taylor was dropped by Capsey at long-on but composed herself to drop jaws with a pair of reverse flicks, played while standing upright.

The former England international eventually flailed to deep midwicket, before Georgia Hennessy and Piepa Cleary departed in the last three balls of the innings – which had petered out somewhat after Matthews, Redmayne and Taylor had got starts.

What looked like a straightforward chase for Invincibles never found the bite-point.

Georgia Adams was forced to turn back and was run out by a smart piece of Taylor wicketkeeping off the third ball of the innings.

Teenager Capsey ended the Powerplay with back-to-back boundaries but departed for 14 when spinner Harvey found a way past her and Gibbs, having top-scored with 21, was lbw to Hannah Baker.

Van Niekerk never got going for her 16-ball eight before Katie George spectacularly dived to catch her on the square leg boundary and Fran Wilson offered a simple catch to cover after a forgettable 21 and Villiers plucked to deep midwicket.

Jo Gardner earned a reprieve for a ground catch, belted a six but then fell when she ballooned to extra cover, Farrant fell in similar style and Taylor stumped Eva Gray as the Fire pulled off a heist victory.

Oval Invincibles all-rounder Jo Gardner:

“We did really well first up to restrict them to 112, which we thought was more than gettable here at the Kia Oval where you get value for your shots, as we found in the first game here, so it was disappointing to fall short.

“It looked tricky at the top of the order but then there were a few shots – if a few of those innings went on a bit longer then we would have been in a better position. Momentum is the key word.

“On Saturday it was a similar situation and we talked about being better in the middle phase. I thought we improved today but maybe we could have done it a bit better. It is frustrating for sure but we need to pick ourselves up quickly for Birmingham on Wednesday.

“I think Kapp and Ismail should be back pretty soon. It is disappointing because they are two of the best players in the world, but both of their main roles are as bowlers and our bowling efforts have been pretty spot on. I don’t think we have done ourselves a disservice in their absence in that way.”

 

Welsh Fire’s Katie George, who took three catches, including a brilliant diving effort:

“We didn’t start the tournament the way we wanted but I can’t fault the girls over the last two games.

“We knew going into the second innings we were a few short but we took confidence from them not being able to chase in their last game and the way we bowled against Manchester. We executed our plans well.

“On the bench we were going “wow” at Sarah Taylor’s shots. She is something else especially when she is on song. She offers so much off the pitch as well and it is nice to see her playing well. Class is permanent and I think she is close to being back at her best.

“I am frustrated not to be able to bowl but I want to be involved in the game any way I can and compete. I knew at the start of the competition I wasn’t going to be able to bowl so had to get round that mentally.”

Additional Reporting By Ellen McLaughlin, The Hundred Rising Reporter

 

The return of Sarah Taylor to the Hundred this summer both intrigued and excited cricket fans.

She wears the mantle of a modern-day great, particularly with her gloves, and holds a reputation that is without question, as one of the best wicketkeepers in the women’s game.

So, her decision in 2019, to bring an end to a glittering international career spanning over 13 years due to a long battle with severe anxiety, was agonising to both fans and fellow players.

In the past couple of years, she has won much praise across the game for her bravery in speaking about out her anxiety, which has shortened the 32-year-old’s international career.

In the last few weeks, we have seen how the pressure placed upon top-level athletes can have a detrimental impact. Sporting stars such as Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles, and Ben Stokes; all top -level performers in their respective sports, all of whom have taken steps to prioritise their own mental health over the demands and pressure created by their own sport.

Decisions which should be welcomed by all. 

The recognition of the pressure and the value of speaking out about mental health has been brought out of the shadows by players such as Sarah Taylor and these other sporting icons.  

She has made it possible for other women in the game to feel they can overcome these obstacles and perform at their best.

And this afternoon at The Oval, we saw just that; the Sarah Taylor of old. Her spark was back. She was confident, relaxed and competitive, with both bat and gloves; scoring 29 off 24 balls.

Her confidence was crucial for Welsh Fire, who secured victory over the Oval Invincibles by four runs.

At the break, many thought their score of 112 runs to defend was considered a below par target.

Taylor rightfully collected the accolade of Match Hero, which reflected her presence and her performance, and speaking after the game, it was clear how much she is enjoying both returning to competitive cricket in front of record fans and the Hundred format.

Coming in at four, she was dropped early on by the young superstar Alice Capsey and then turned on the burners before holing out, ironically to the bowling of the 16-year-old.

Behind the stumps, Taylor is a class act. The stumping with the Invincibles on zero set the tone for the home team’s response to chasing down 113.

Taylor’s voice combines assurance, experience and encouragement to her teammates, whilst unsettling the batters. The effects proved key as the Invincibles struggled to gather any momentum and ran out of steam as they lost wickets in quick succession.

Sarah Taylor is that unique sporting hero, combining a real class in her game and persona that provides an example of someone who can endure real life struggles and yet find a way to come through and be a shining example to young and old fans of the game.

And that’s what the Hundred is all about. Sarah Taylor, we salute you!

 


The Hundred Men’s Competition


Oval Invincibles v Welsh Fire, Kia Oval 18:30

Oval Invincibles (Men) vs Welsh Fire (Men), 16th Match, The Hundred Men's Competition

Oval Invincibles (Men) 125/4 (18.3 ov)

Welsh Fire (Men) 121/7 (20 ov)

Result - Oval Invincibles (Men) won by 6 wickets

Sam Billings played a captain’s innings with an unbeaten 40 to guide Oval Invincibles back to winnings ways as they beat Welsh Fire by six wickets.

Billings lead the way with a selfless knock full of running rather than boundaries, eventually only striking two fours and a solitary six.

Invincibles were set 121 to win on a tricky Kia Oval pitch after Ben Duckett’s own skipper’s half-century – eventually returning 65 to move to the top of The Hundred’s scoring charts.

But after being rained off against London Spirit and defeated by Northern Superchargers, Laurie Evans' two sixes made sure the hosts reach the finish line with seven balls to spare.

Fire’s ability to set a competitive total on a stop-start pitch fell almost solely on Duckett, with only Leus du Plooy and Josh Cobb reaching double figures – neither of which reached 20.

Tom Banton failed to clear the off-side ring, Josh Cobb was lazily run out at the non-striker’s end and Glenn Phillips was bowled before du Plooy was given two lives after a pair of dropped catches during a 39-run stand with Duckett.

A clever scoop and slash through backward point combo, plus a single, took Duckett to 46 from 35 balls but from there a promising innings began to unravel for the Fire.

Duckett was starved of strike while du Plooy sliced to cover and Jimmy Neesham was caught behind to consecutive Tom Curran deliveries.

Matt Critchley endured a nightmare where he faced 12 balls for just three just before lobbing up to mid-off.

Duckett finally reached his second fifty of The Hundred from 44 balls having only faced eight balls since reached 46, but gave the end of the innings a crescendo as he struck 14 runs off the last five balls – although was caught off the very last ball of the innings.

After Jason Roy’s early dismissal, the arrival of Sunil Narine with Will Jacks brought power-hitting to the fore for the first time on the day to entertain the 21,279 at the Kia Oval.

The West Indian had license to swing at every ball and connected sweetly to fire sixes over backward square and long on, while Jacks flicked astonishingly off his legs for a maximum, before following it up with a punch through point.

Jacks and Narine’s fun and games ended in the same 10-ball end from Neesham – both top edging straight up.

Colin Ingram managed to overturn one leg before decision off Qais Ahmed but not the second while Billings chipped away at the target with Evans – the pair putting on an unbroken 52 to taste victory.

Oval Invincibles captain and batter Sam Billings, who scored 40 not out:

“It has been hard to get a rhythm over the last week but it was nice to get back onto our home ground and perform.

“The bowlers were fantastic to restrict them to 121 on that wicket. We had a little wobble but it was about getting the job done.

“I think we can play better as well which is exciting from our group. When we put it together, we know the quality outfit we are. We are getting there and the shorter format is all about momentum.

“I still think I could play better. I hit some fielders towards the end but that is my job in the middle overs. We are there to play spin and run around and close games off. The most important thing is winning games for my team and being there at the end.”

 

Welsh Fire captain and batter Ben Duckett, who scored 65:

“We were 20 or 30 short of par, nowhere near good enough. It is the first time we have struggled with the bat and it is going to happen in this competition.

“The player availability issues haven’t been ideal but other guys have stepped up, like Milnesy took a wicket with his first ball. Losing big names is always going to hurt you but the guys come in to fill those holes.

“This is the role I’ve been doing for a while. I feel this is the best I’ve hit the ball, probably ever I’d say. I was 10 or 15 short but I struggled to get going and we kept losing wickets. I’m feeling good but I don’t like scoring runs when we don’t win games.”

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