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India star Jemimah Rodrigues hit 10 fours in her second Hundred half-century
India star Jemimah Rodrigues hit 10 fours in her second Hundred half-century
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The Hundred Women’s Competition 2021

Trent Rockets Women vs Northern Superchargers Women, 7th Match Trent Bridge, Nottingham 3:00 PM

Match Summary

Trent Rockets (Women) 122/7 (20 ov)

Northern Superchargers (Women)149/7 (20 ov)

Northern Superchargers (Women) won by 27 runs

India star Jemimah Rodrigues hit 10 fours in her second Hundred half-century, Lauren Winfield-Hill made 33 from 29 balls and Laura Kimmince 31 from just 13 with seven boundaries as Northern  Superchargers made it two wins from two with a 28-run victory over winless Trent Rockets.

The Superchargers posted 149 for seven, the highest total of the women’s competition so far, despite seamer Sammy Jo-Johnson claiming four for 15.

Katherine Brunt made an unbeaten 43 and Nat Sciver 33 from 23 balls but the Rockets fell well short, with two wickets each for Alice Davidson-Richards and leg spinner Katie Levick, with left-arm spinner Linsey Smith conceding only 12 runs from 20 balls.

The Rockets had started well after Superchargers opted to bat first, restricting them to 27 in the Powerplay, albeit for no wickets, Winfield-Hill finding three boundaries, including a pull for six off Sciver.

Dropped on 24 and 31, the England batter’s luck ran out after she and Rodrigues had put on 64 in 53 balls, stumped off leg spinner Sarah Glenn to be stumped. New batter Laura Woolvaardt lasted only five deliveries, Johnson stooping for a caught and bowled.

Kimmince took consecutive fours off Brunt and Rodrigues two off Heather Graham before her eighth boundary took her to 52 from 36 balls as Sciver conceded three boundaries in her third set of five.  Aussie batter Kimmince then humbled England’s Glenn with five boundaries in five.

Fellow Aussie Johnson hit back in style with three wickets in five balls, bowling Kimmince with a slower one before Rodrigues, on 60, holed out to long on and Heather Armitage sliced to short third man. Superchargers lost two more wickets in the final nine balls but had set a tough task for the Rockets.

Rockets lost Rachel Priest to the eighth ball of their reply when she found the fielder at extra cover and Sciver was beginning to find her range, taking three boundaries in a row off Levick, when Johnson lofted a Davidson-Richards slower ball straight to deep square leg, although 41 for two from the Powerplay looked a good platform.

Brunt and Sciver added 47 from 29 but the Rockets’ hopes began to slide when Sciver chipped a return catch to leg-spinner Heather Armitage and  Heather Graham was leg before sweeping Smith.

Glenn smashed four and six off seamer Elizabeth Russell but she was soon stumped off Levick, Teresa Graves skied one off Davidson-Richards and Kathryn Bryce top-edged Levick to cover, leaving Brunt a frustrated figure at the other end.

Northern Superchargers spinner Linsey Smith said:

"It was a brilliant win. In all areas of the game, we stayed calm. The batting was brilliant. We started off well with Lauren and Jemimah - Jemmy being in the form she's in, she was fantastic.

"As the bowling innings went on, we realised it was getting slower. So taking pace off was the way to go, especially with the batters they have liking pace on.  I'm delighted with my own form. I'll certainly take my figures over the first two games.

"The team environment's brilliant at the minute. We're putting in some really good performances. It's a nice place to be. Hopefully on Wednesday we can go three from three."

Trent Rockets all-rounder Sammy-Jo Johnson, who took four for 15, said:

“It’s a bit bitter-sweet for me. It’s nice to contribute but it would have been nicer to get two points on the board. The wicket was playing really nicely, with a fast outfield, and I tried to take as much pace off and use my variations and that was effective on that wicket.

“We had them under pressure with the ball initially, although we could have done with wickets at that stage, but the way Rodrigues is batting at the moment we didn’t have good enough execution with the ball and that let us down a bit and a few errors in the field helped them put that total on the board.

“With the bat, Priesty and myself want to go out and set the tone at the top of the order but we haven’t been able to do that yet.  Nat and Katherine played nicely but we need to take the pressure off the girls in the middle a bit.”

Additional Reporting By Jack Butler, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter, Nottingham

Katherine Brunt’s scream is so loud that it echoes around Trent Bridge. Both arms fling outward as she belligerently begs for her first wicket of the tournament. She’s trapped Jemimah Rodrigues on her back pad - and Brunt thinks it's plumb…

What the bowler thinks, however, doesn’t matter because the umpire isn’t having it.

Brunt stares. Long. Unmoving. Unmistakably Bruntian.

“Not out.” Comes the call.

Brunt goes straight to her captain Nat Sciver, who herself looks towards Rachel Priest behind the stumps. On first viewing, it looks high - but it has to be worth a shout. Surely?

The countdown starts and Sciver looks around. A few moments pass before the three experienced heads eventually decide not to review. The umpire’s decision stands and -

Look, all I’m saying is, I won’t be the first to tell Katherine Brunt but it was pretty plumb. If the Rockets had reviewed, Rodrigues was out. The Northern Superchargers would have been none for one after four balls and their prized batter - who single-handedly dispatched the Welsh Fire just two days ago - would have been out for none. Small margins, eh?

Instead, what followed was a lesson from Rodrigues in cashing in on good fortune as she hit her second fifty in two games to take the Superchargers to 149 - the highest score of the women's competition so far - and a comfortable 27-run victory over the Rockets.

Despite the very next delivery - after the lbw shout - whizzing past Rodrigues' outside edge, she remained a calm figure, exhibiting far more composure than what should ever be expected from someone her age.

Sure enough, in the first five she was in trouble. Pinned on the pads. Beaten for pace. Twice. But, she hung in there and eventually got her reward.

Life is about taking your chances. And, unlike most of us, Rodrigues did just that.

Her innings grew in promise as she found her rhythm at the crease - a sticky start, 15 off 18 balls, ended by a sequence of expansive boundaries, including an audacious cut through point of Sarah Glenn. Now, that was something.

From that moment everything changed. Rodrigues grew in confidence and released the shackles. She was in control. Trent Bridge became her stage. And - she owned it. 

As the crowds grew, the locals were treated to a masterclass from the youngster. Over 6,500 watched on as Rodrigues toyed with an experienced Rockets attack. Alongside her skipper, Lauren Winfield-Hill, who finished on 33, Rodrigues guided her team past 50 - without losing a wicket - and set the platform for her teammates to explode.

And, to be fair, the Superchargers did just that. When Rodrigues was joined by Laura Kimmince - at 69 for two - the two combined to hit 54 runs in just 25 balls. It was a brutal display of power-hitting that peaked with Kimmince smashing 20 runs off five deliveries from a bewildered Glenn. The Australian brought up 31 runs in just 13 balls. I know. It was mental.

At the other end, Rodrigues stayed true to herself, masterfully ticking over the score with a display of effortless and intelligent batting. Whether rocking onto the back foot or coming down the wicket, she worked the ball with an equal authoritative measure to the gaps and then fence. 

Freeing her arms, she drove the ball straight down the ground of the bowling of Brunt. Took Heather Graham to the cleaners with an audacious sequence of shots over cover.

Glenn was next and hit out of the attack. Whilst, Sciver, one of the most experienced bowlers on the circuit, was struck for three boundaries in four balls - a delicate touch to third was followed by two powerful strikes off the backfoot. One of which brought up Rodrigues' fifty - her second in just two games. 

Now, should we be surprised? Not at all. Not unless you haven't been watching close enough.

Rodrigues, who made her international debut three years ago, is one of - if not the - best young batters in the game. She was the first Indian player to sign up for The Hundred and has already delivered in abundance.

Whatever your thoughts on The Hundred, the new competition has given her a much-deserved stage. In the Superchargers' tournament opener, she finished unbeaten on 92; today, she was caught in the deep shortly after passing 60.

In a wider context, there’s something wonderful about the way she goes about scoring runs. If The Hundred has set itself up as a tournament built on power it was a joy to watch Rodrigues conduct her innings with a little bit of finesse.

Obviously, Rodrigues doesn't rely on brute strength. But, that's because she doesn’t need to. She's a lesson to everyone - regarding how hard you need to swing the bat - as regardless of her compact stature she is still able to generate power with ease thanks to her timing.

Her technique shows how far the women’s game has come in recent years, and how far it can still go. She is only 20, after all, and dominating on pitches far different to ones she grew up on in Mumbai.

In simple terms, runs are inevitable when Rodrigues is at the crease. She is far too good to be handing out lifelines like the Rockets did today. That moment cost the home side dear, as even with a cameo from Brunt and Sciver, they stumbled in their chase.

Rodrigues knows she got a bit of luck early in her innings, but she made the best of it - her second tournament fifty could have just as easily been a second-ball duck.

:: 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 2021

Trent Rockets vs Northern Superchargers, 7th Match Trent Bridge, Nottingham 6:30

Trent Rockets (Men) 134/8 (18.4 ov)

Northern Superchargers (Men) 132/10 (19.4 ov)

Result - Trent Rockets (Men) won by 2 wickets

Alex Hales clobbered a free hit for six in an unbeaten 40 to see Trent Rockets home by two wickets with six balls to spare to make it two wins from two after a low-scoring thriller against Northern Superchargers.

Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan took three for 31 and South African paceman Marchant de Lange followed up his five for 20 against Southern Brave on Saturday with three for 22 as the Superchargers were bowled out for 132 in 99 balls, John Simpson top-scoring with 42 and off-spinner Matt Carter taking two for 17 on debut.

The Rockets lost eight wickets for 103 in a calamitous response and still needed 16 from the last 10 balls but Carter smashed a David Willey full toss for six and with the target eight from seven, Carter’s single off a Willey no ball for height brought it down to five from seven and Hales, who had been dropped on 16 when Ben Stokes let one through his hands on the boundary, took full advantage of the free hit to the delight of an 11,483 crowd

The Rockets had Paul Franks in charge after head coach Andy Flower tested positive for Covid-19, which required a change on the field as well with Steven Mullaney forced to self-isolate after close contact either with Flower or one of two support staff members who also tested positive.

After electing to bat, Superchargers stumbled at the start, losing Chris Lynn and skipper Ben Stokes inside the first 17 balls as Carter - Mullaney’s replacement - celebrated his Hundred debut with two wickets.

Lynn sliced the off-spinner’s first ball to cover before Stokes miscued his attempt to clear extra cover and departed for five, safely pouched by Alex Hales.  When Khan bowled Lyth behind his legs sweeping, the Superchargers were 38 for three from 34.

Harry Brook and Simpson did some rebuilding, adding 61 from 40 balls before Brook’s attempt to clear cover off Lewis Gregory went wrong.

Then four wickets in six balls wrecked any chance of a strong finish. Khan beat Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s attempted slog-sweep and Afghan compatriot Mujeeb Ur Rahman holed out to long-on, before two perished in two balls from the pace of De Lange, Willey finding fine leg with a ramp, Brydon Carse slicing to cover.

De Lange picked up a third when Simpson gave Hales his third catch and the innings ended on 99 balls when Adil Rashid was run out, leaving the Rockets to chase 133.

The home side lost three wickets on 20, D’Arcy Short leg before sweeping Mujeeb before leg-spinner Rashid took two in two, trapping Dawid Malan lbw and inducing a return catch off a leading edge to dismiss Joe Root first ball.

That became 58 for six as Samit Patel lofted Callum Parkinson for a towering six but nicked a drive to be caught behind off the same bowler, Tom Moores feathered one from Stokes, and Lewis Gregory, after pulling a six off Mujeeb that saw him almost caught, was bowled by Parkinson.

Khan smote 25 from 11 balls but then top-edged Stokes to be caught behind, and Hales, unable to get going, had some luck when Stokes dropped one over the rope for six off Rashid. Wood was lbw to Mujeeb, but Carter pulled Stokes for four and Hales slog-swept him for six to set up the dramatic finale.

Trent Rockets matchwinner Alex Hales said:

“It was a really scrappy, kind of ugly win, although I guess that’s the sign of a good team. We had our backs to the wall through a lot of the game but still managed to come out on top.

“I took a long time to get going. I found the fielders a lot in the early part of the innings, didn’t have a lot of the strike. It was not an easy pitch and they have a high-class spin attack and I always felt if I was there at the end we would have a chance.

“Rashid, Lewis and Matt played some important roles to rescue momentum near the end and the dropped catch by Stokes was a huge moment. I don’t think I’ve seen him drop one even in practice and I’m pleased to have made the most of it.”

Superchargers’ top scorer John Simpson said:

“It shows in this competition if you have someone like Hales in at the end he can win games from anywhere. You always know he can switch up a gear, which is what he did at the end.

“For the majority of the innings we thought we had the game in the bag but we didn’t bowl as well as we could at the end.

“We thought our total was competitive but a bit under par but we have some exceptional spinners in the side and they really squeezed it in the middle and we thought from that point we should have defended it.

“But as the old saying goes catches win matches and the one that Ben dropped changed the momentum and we couldn’t quite get over the line.”

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