The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Saturday August 14th
The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Saturday August 14th
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The Hundred 2021: Saturday August 14th
The Hundred Women’s Competition
London Spirit 103/9 lost to Oval Invincibles 107/2 by eight wickets
Georgia Adams’s unbeaten 37 marshalled Oval Invincibles to an eight-wicket London derby victory over London Spirit which keeps them on course for an Eliminator spot.
Opening batter Adams put on 44 with Fran Wilson and another unbroken 44 with the returning Marizanne Kapp to chase down Spirit’s below par 103 with 13 balls to spare.
South African quick Kapp and 17-year-old spinner Alice Capsey had put the wheels of victory in motion with figures of two for 12 and two for 15.
Invincibles can afford a no result from their final game, against the already confirmed finalists Southern Brave, while Spirit can no longer progress.
Spirit were asked to bat, on a perfect south London afternoon with 11,591 in attendance, and lost Naomi Dattani to the seventh ball of the innings when she flailed to extra cover.
Knight was dropped on one but motored by taking Shabnim Ismail for back-to-back boundaries before sweeping Mady Villiers twice to the ropes.
Her England team-mate Beaumont was equally aggressive and showcased her trademark mix of flicks and power.
The pair put on 76 – the Spirit’s highest partnership of the tournament – before a second half of the 100 nightmare, kicked off when Knight top-edged a sweep to short fine leg.
Beaumont smashed the 59th ball through extra cover for the last boundary of the innings and was then run out for 42, followed by Dani Gibson falling lbw two balls later to end a run of three wickets in 12 balls.
Deandra Dottin was bowled sweeping to give Capsey a second and Chloe Tryon was castled by compatriot Kapp – who was excellent on return from a quad injury which had kept her out since the opening night.
Charlie Dean and Sophie Munro were run out in the last end with Freya Davies bowled for a golden duck as Spirit lost 24 for eight.
Dane van Niekerk began the chase with three boundaries before a Munro away nipper was caught behind.
Instead of crumbling after the loss of their most profitably batter, Adams and Wilson rebuilt in no thrills style – dealing almost exclusively in singles – before Wilson whacked Munro for two legside boundaries with the 46th and 47th balls.
After another swept four, Wilson was stumped after stumbling to end the 44-run stand, but Kapp joined with Adams to ease Invincibles to the finish line.
Kapp finished off the simple chase with a fine clip off her legs to the boundary.
Oval Invincibles batter Georgia Adams, who scored an unbeaten 37:
“It was a really big game for us so to get a convincing win like that is brilliant.
“They had a good partnership going but it shows how two or three wickets can put the game on its head and it shows that you are never out of it.
“It is great to have the two Saffers [Kapp and Ismail] back. They got us off to a great Powerplay and then Kappsy at the end bowling straight the stumps showed her talent and the quality of her death bowling.
“We were winding Capsey up yesterday that on her Topps Match Attax card her bowling is ranked pretty low. They haven’t done her justice there; I’m on 45 and she’s on 20! But she is proving to be such a skilful off spinner in every situation and it is really pleasing to watch.
“She’ll love having Heather Knight in her pocket!
“I didn’t feel like I had to do too much. I was just trying to hit the pockets and sweepers hard on a slow wicket. All credit to the girls who came in and batted with me as they made it pretty easy for me to play the way I play.”
London Spirit captain Heather Knight:
“Today our batting let us down from the position we were in me and Tammy had. It wasn’t easy to bat but I think we lost five or six wickets in the last eight balls and from there you aren’t going to win many games of cricket.
“I think we have shown bits in the tournament but we haven’t put it together and put on those big scores and partnerships.
“The Invincibles bowled really well and kept the stumps in the game and then we didn’t find the wickets.
“Capsey has played well. She batted well against us at Lord’s and has been contributing with the ball as well. She is an exciting prospect but still needs time to develop and keep progressing as a cricketer. I’m sure she has a very bright future.
“The good thing about this competition is that players come out of nowhere and put in performances and she is an exciting one.
“The tournament has been awesome. It has been fast and frantic which is what you need to prepare for international cricket. I feel like it will develop the skills of the players, and the England players. It is great for the future of the England team and will unearth new players, who we know can play under pressure.”
The Hundred Men’s Competition
London Spirit 146/7 lost to Oval Invincibles 147/8 by two wickets
Laurie Evans hammered 67 off 37 as Oval Invincibles completed a Capital Derby double over London Spirit and put themselves in the box seat for an Eliminator place.
Evans on the back of three not out contributions took centre stage to smash four fours and four sixes – including the winning maximum over long-on - to send the Invincibles second with six balls to spare.
They were chasing 147 to win in front of a partisan 19,673 at the Kia Oval thanks to Tabraiz Shamsi’s three for 25.
The Invincibles are locked on nine points along with Southern Brave, with Birmingham Phoenix a point clear at the top. London Spirit were long since eliminated.
Adam Rossington and Joe Denly got out the traps quickly, after Spirit at chosen to bat, as the pair put on 49 for the first wicket.
Rossington was bowled off his pads by Sunil Narine while Josh Inglis was leg before attempting a massive sweep.
England white-ball captain Morgan then started to drop bombs – striking sixes in four successive ends – during an explosive period where he rushed to 41.
But having plopped consecutive maximums he departed trying a third, only managing to top-edged a sweep of Shamsi straight up.
That scalp began a collapse of five wickets in 18 balls, with Ravi Bopara bowled next ball, Joe Cracknell flicked to deep square-leg and both Denly and David Wiese were yorked by Curran.
Roelof van der Merwe made sure the slump wasn’t as terminal as the Spirit women’s earlier in the afternoon as ramped and uppercut 20 runs in 10 balls.
In reply, Jason Roy saw off four dot balls, dispatched Denly into the JM Finn stand and tried it again next ball off van der Merwe – only to give Cracknell a simple catch at deep midwicket.
West Indian Narine swept a four then holed out to the long-on boundary to continue the all-action start to the chase.
Brad Wheal, hero in the victory over Manchester Originals, entered the attack and bowled Colin Ingram, who had earlier been struck on the arm, before Wheal’s former housemate Mason Crane found Sam Billings carving to point.
Will Jacks had been providing the impetus of the chase, striking at close to 200 for most the first half, but Evans entered with six-four-six combo of true aesthetic beauty.
Jacks and Evans’ fifty stand came off 26 balls but just as it looked like the duo had nailed their task the former jabbed to wide long-on.
Evans’ half-century came in 27 balls, with an inside edge to the boundary, but lost Alex Blake and Tom Curran both seeing their stumps lit up.
Saqib Mahmood was run out but Evans lifted a full toss over the boundary to set up wild scenes in the stands.
Oval Invincibles batter Laurie Evans, who scored an unbeaten 67:
“It was nice to get to the crease with a bit of time to bat. It was one of those knocks where I got a good start and kept the flow going and we managed to control the run rate.
“It is a role I’ve taken pride in doing throughout my career; winning games and being there at the end.
“We didn’t get the early wickets we have been used to but once we got Rossington’s wicket we managed to control Denly, while Morgs played an unbelievable innings. Credit to out bowlers they were great all the way through as it could have been a lot more tonight.
“It is nice to be playing some good cricket and we have been all the way down. With the players we have all through the order it isn’t a surprise [we’re still in contention].”
London Spirit captain Eoin Morgan, who scored 41:
“I thought we set an around par score and knew we would have to bowl well to defend it. I thought we bowled really well getting early wickets and were right in the game but we fell short.
“Laurie Evans played as good as I’ve seen him play against a really good bowling line-up. There is an advantage to knowing what you need to get and I thought he paced his innings really well.
“He is clearly a good cricketer and been involved in the England set-up and has been hungry to play but has lacked an opportunity.
“I’m happy with how I came out but I would liked to have got a few more considering how I was striking it. I’ve had a slow start to the competition and it has been disappointing. AS a senior player you want to score early runs in the tournament and contribute more to wins and I haven’t done that.”
Additional Reporting By Ellen McLaughlin, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter, London
When London Spirit announced Shane Warne and Eoin Morgan as their coach-captain duo it seemed like a match made in heaven for The Hundred.
The tactical nous Warne, who steered Rajasthan Royals to the first-ever IPL title, and England’s World Cup-winning captain seemed a perfect fit to navigate the unknown qualities of the new format.
Throw in Morgan’s destructive batting, capable of taking down the most potent bowling attacks and the Lord’s team seemed ready to make their mark.
So what has gone wrong for Morgan’s Spirit?
Last night in the London derby we got a flavour of the Morgan we know and love.
The left-hander struck 41 of 20 balls before being caught trying to hit a third consecutive six.
His captaincy inspired his team early in the Oval Invincibles chase, also.
But then, as has happened throughout the competition, his team lost their way.
It is a mystery why Morgan and his team have struggled in this format.
Spirit have registered only a single victory in the round-robin format leaving them last in the table and even going into last night’s London derby holding no chance of qualifying for the final.
They boasted an elite middle order to start the competition in Morgan and Mohammed Nabi who are both world-class hitters, and had pace in their attack, in Mohammed Amir, who is arguably one of the best seamers in the competition.
They had flexibility in their side - with the presence of all-rounders in Ravi Bopara and Nabi meaning they had bowling options without compromising their batting line-up.
On paper, the team had to be one of the favourites.
And of course, any team lead by Morgan has history of reaching Lord’s finals.
The nature of the demise of the Spirit surrendering cheap wickets may lie at the centre of the problem.
Frequently they have established strong early positions in games, but only to allow their advantage to drain away. They have given results to sides, rather than making them earn them.
Of course, they have been hurt by the loss of Zak Crawley and Dan Lawrence, who have returned to England Test duty, and no other players have replaced them.
Morgan has struggled for form, and other big names in the side have not performed.
And the format of The Hundred means there is constant pressure on the batters to score regular boundaries and maximums.
For the Spirit, this has simply not happened – more often looking for form rather than boundaries.
Last night’s performance provided a glimpse of the Spirit’s potential registering their highest score 146 off their 100 balls.
The Spirit took early wickets, with Morgan making the decision to open with spin, with Roelof van der Merwe striking with his first ball to remove Jason Roy, before ousting Sunil Narine with this third.
However, as the innings progressed, the Invinicibles, took the game to the Spirit, with an ‘Evans Almighty’ innings from local lad Laurie Evans, scoring 67.
But yet again, the Spirit, in those latter stages of the game, and at critical moments, were found wanting.
Morgan alluded to this, in his post-match interview, saying “they were outplayed towards the end”.
It is clear that you cannot misread Morgan.
He has a steely determination to win whatever the competition and you would hardly bet against him.
This year he has been unsuccessful, but he and Warne will recalibrate and return to try and deliver the kind of success that has become synonymous with his reputation.
Warne and Morgan don’t do propping up the table.
They’ll be back next summer – probably with a few new tricks - you can be sure of that.
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