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Adil Rashid - Northern Superchargers
Adil Rashid - Northern Superchargers
Hayley Matthews and Georgia Redmayne (Welsh Fire Women)
Hayley Matthews and Georgia Redmayne (Welsh Fire Women)
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The Hundred 2021: Saturday July 31st


The Hundred Women’s Competition


Welsh Fire v Manchester Originals, Sophia Gardens


Welsh Fire (Women) vs Manchester Originals (Women), 12th Match, The Hundred Women's Competition

Welsh Fire (Women) 124/1 (17.3 ov)

Manchester Originals (Women) 120/6 (20 ov)

Result - Welsh Fire (Women) won by 9 wickets


Welsh Fire claimed their first win of The Hundred thanks to an excellent effort in the field and an impressive innings of 71 from Hayley Matthews as they defeated the Manchester Originals in Cardiff. 

The Fire won the toss and put the Originals into bat. The Originals reached 120 for six from their 100 balls with Sophie Eccleston top scoring with 31.

The Fire got their innings off to a fantastic start thanks to Matthews who once again hit powerfully down the ground.

The Fire reached their target with nine wickets and 12 balls to spare. This defeat means the Originals are still to claim a win in the tournament.

The Fire were brilliant in the field inside the Power Play with just 21 runs coming from the first 25 balls. Lizelle Lee had crunched the first two balls of the innings for four but from there the Fire kept things very tight. It wasn’t until the 36th ball of the innings that the Originals found the boundary again.

The Fire managed to picked up early wickets with Lee was run out in the first set of five and Emma Lamb also going inside the Power Play which set the tone.

Harmanpreet Kaur played the anchor role for the Originals, making 26 from 32 balls but no batter went on having got set. Mignon Du Preez looked impressive, making a well-paced 24 before she chipped a ball from Georgia Hennessey to mid-off.

It was Sophie Ecclestone who took the Originals past 100 and on to a score that they had some hope of defending. Her innings included a towering shot over mid-wicket off a Hennessy full toss.

The Fire shared the wickets around with Hennessey finishing with the best figures of two for 24 from her 20 balls.

Matthews had made 33 and 30 in the tournament thus far but here she kicked on to pass fifty from just 35 balls. She was well supported by Georgia Redmayne who made 38 from 35 balls.

The Originals had a few moments where the undefeated partnership of 101 between Matthews and Redmayne could have been broken, not least when du Preez pulled off a stunning one-handed catch in the deep off Laura Jackson but it was judged to be a no ball. As it was the two batters took their team to the victory target with ease. 


Paul Short, Manchester Originals Coach - Lizelle Lee started really well and then we had the run out and then they got on top and bowled really well. We got back into the game in the latter stages of our innings but we were about 20 short for that wicket and with the boundaries set as they were. So from that persepective it is disappointing. We managed to stay in the game with the ball and from time to time would releasee pressure with a bad ball at the wrong time which enabled the Welsh Fire to push on and in the end get what looked like a comfortable victory.

Hayley Matthews, Welsh Fire - I think at the half time point we were pretty happy with the bowling performance restricting them to under 130 which was pretty good. We knew going out there to bat that once we were able to build one or two partnerships we would be in a pretty good position to win the game and that was exemplified when Georgia Redmayne and myself were able to have that big partnership and go on and win the game. 

Additional Report By Dafydd Jones, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter, Cardiff

The Hundred has been taken over by the fearfulness and talent of youth so far.

Jemimah Rodrigues’ magic for the Northern Superchargers, backing up a 60 with an unbeaten 97 off just 43 balls has been sublime.

Pair that with 16-year-old Oval Invincibles sensation Alice Capsey taking to the Lord’s stage and making it her own with an unbelievable 59 off 41 balls.

You can now add Hayley Matthews to that list, as she spearheaded Welsh Fire’s women’s team to a much-needed first win of the campaign.

Written-off at the start of the competition, winless in their opening two games and with crunch-time approaching, Welsh Fire needed a hero and the 23-year-old from Barbados stepped up emphatically.

Matthews struck a special, undefeated 71 off 50 balls and took her tally of fours into double figures, whilst also smashing Laura Jackson for six that sparked a synchronous roar from the Welsh Fire fans inside Sophia Gardens.

Her one for 20 also played a part in an economical bowling attack, as she took the wicket of Originals captain Kate Cross.

But her talents don’t only lie in cricket, as Matthews is a highly-accomplished javelin thrower.

Bronze and silver medals in youth categories at the CARIFTA games were just a platform, as she went on to strike gold competing in the Under-18s back in 2015.

Having taken the decision to pursue a career in cricket, her star performance at the crease strongly suggest she’s made the right call.

Matthews was backed up by a strong partner in Georgia Redmayne, who just couldn’t keep herself out of the action.

Quite fittingly a New South Walian, the Aussie took two outstanding catches to dismiss the dangerous Georgia Boyce and Hamranpreet Kaur.

Redmayne’s talent and energy in the field was contagious, not only to her teammates, but also for the crowd.

Redmayne not only showed her importance in the field, but contributed hugely with the bat with a solid knock of 38 from 35 balls, providing the perfect platform for Matthews to shine at the other end.

She’s come a long way since learning the game, playing in her back garden against her elder brother and dentist father.

Impressing in her early years, her break was an unconventional one, coming in the form of being spotted by Stan Gilchrist, father of legendary Australian wicket-keeper Adam.

But cricket for Redmayne is a balancing act. Her time is widely spent working as a doctor at Tweed Hospital.

She’s now saving Welsh Fire’s campaign in The Hundred, playing an integral role in Mark O’Leary’s side’s first win of the competition.

Now, the challenge is to make winning a habit.

:: 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


Northern Superchargers v Oval Invincibles, Emerald Headingley

Northern Superchargers (Women) vs Oval Invincibles (Women), 13th Match

Northern Superchargers (Women) 109/8 (20 ov)

Oval Invincibles (Women) 105/4 (20 ov)

Result - Northern Superchargers (Women) won by 4 runs.

Alice Davidson-Richards helped the Northern Superchargers maintain their winning start to the women’s Hundred with a tigerish defence of 110 in a thriller against Oval Invicibles at Emerald Headingley.

Their 109 for eight looked below par despite a sluggish pitch, with Davidson-Richards top-scoring with 42 off 30 balls having been inserted.

She was then brilliant in returning two for 17 from 20 balls with her pace off seamers, defending 10 off the last five as the visitors finished on 105 for four.

A bowler-dominated game went the hosts’ way as they made it three wins from four and consigned the Invincibles to their first defeat in three. 

The Invincibles only really fell behind during the second half of their chase, and Mady Villiers failed to hit the last ball for six as the Superchargers went top of the table.

Alice Capsey, aged 16, bowled her off-spinners for the first time in the competition and returned two for nine from 20 balls, having opened the bowling for the visitors.

The more recognised off-spin of Villiers and seam of Grace Gibbs and Tash Farrant also contributed two wickets apiece for the Invincibles.

The Superchargers slipped to 78 for six after 75 balls, though Davidson-Richards recovered with five fours.

There were no wides or no balls bowled by the Invincibles.

South African Laura Wolvaardt made 27 off 26 balls, sharing 38 for the third wicket with Davidson-Richards as they advanced from 28 for two after 30.

Capsey had Wolvaardt caught behind and Bess Heath caught and bowled with the 58th and 60th balls - 66 for four.

The teenager then opened the batting in the reply and was dropped on two at mid-on by Heath. 

Superchargers got the wicket late in the powerplay when Capsey miscued a catch to backward point off Davidson-Richards’ seam for eight - 20 for one after 22 balls.

Georgia Adams hit back-to-back boundaries off Katie Levick shortly afterwards. But when she was caught at long-off against the same bowler for 26, the Superchargers had a sniff at 45 for two after 48.

Linsey Smith had England’s Fran Wilson caught at mid-off - 65 for three after 64 - and Davidson-Richards was miserly as the target became a testing 40 off 30 balls with Sarah Bryce and captain Dane van Niekerk together.

That target later became 23 off 10 before van Niekerk hit Smith for three successive boundaries to swing the pendulum.

Davidson-Richards, however, had Bryce caught at long-on for an innings high 29 with the penultimate ball to delight the 6,737 crowd. Liz Russell also contributed as she conceded only 14 runs in 20 balls.

Northern Superchargers hero of the match Alice Davidson-Richards said: “That was a hell of a win from the team. Everyone pitched in at some point.

“We hung in there as long as possible, and it paid off.

“We always thought we had a chance with that total, knowing it was quite a hard wicket to bat on. We squeezed really well.

“It’s been a not too shabby start for us, except for the rain on Wednesday (at Old Trafford). We can’t complain.”


Oval Invincibles seamer Tash Farrant said:  “We’re very disappointed. We were brilliant in the first half, in the field. We would have taken that score every single time.

“With the batting, we just got behind the rate. It was quite a slow wicket. The batters said it was quite hard to get in on. We just need ed someone to go a bit earlier.

“It was bittersweet to see my team-mate (South East Stars) Alice do really well. 

“That should have been an easy win for us.”


The Hundred Men’s Competition


Welsh Fire v Manchester Originals, Sophia Gardens

 Welsh Fire (Men) vs Manchester Originals (Men), 12th Match, The Hundred Men's Competition

Welsh Fire (Men) 150/6 (20 ov)

Manchester Originals (Men) 153/3 (19 ov)

Result - Manchester Originals (Men) won by 7 wickets

Manchester Originals claimed their second win of The Hundred and moved to second place in the table thanks to a seven wicket win over Welsh Fire in Cardiff.

The Fire won the toss and chose to bat, setting the Originals a target of 151 to win thanks to some late order hitting from Leus du Plooy and Matt Critchley.

Joe Clarke and Phil Salt made the chase look very straightforward as they put on 94, the highest opening stand of the competition, with Clarke making 58 from 31 balls.

The target had looked a stiff one at the halfway stage, but Originals chased it down with five balls to spare. 

10 consecutive balls from Tom Hartley put the Originals in charge of the early stages of the match with the left arm spinner removing both the Fire openers inside the Power Play.

Those wickets brought Ben Duckett and Glenn Phillips to the crease and they looked to rebuild. It was Duckett who took the role of aggressor as he looked to sweep and reverse sweep the spinners. Phillips found it harder to get going and he eventually fell when he looked to force the pace, caught on the boundary off the bowling of Originals’ captain Carlos Brathwaite for 12.

When Duckett fell three balls later, brilliantly run out by Colin Ackermann with a pickup and throw of his own bowling, the Fire were 62 for three. The home side needed someone to kick on and it was Leus du Plooy who stepped up as he smoked the Originals bowlers around the ground on his way to 43 from 22.

Du Plooy was well supported by Matt Critchley who made 30 from 17 as the fire closed out their innings on 150 for six. 

While the Fire batters have scored freely during the tournament their bowlers have struggled to contain and this was the case in this match as the Originals opening pair put their team into a position of complete dominance.

By the time Clarke fell, caught on the cover boundary off the bowling of Ryan Higgins, the Originals needed 57 runs from 50 balls and all the pressure had gone from the chase.

Salt couldn’t see his team home, falling to Critchley for 30, but Colin Munro was there at the end to take the Originals to victory, finishing on 33 from 27. 


Leus du Plooy, Welsh Fire commented - I thought it was a decent pitch, maybe a tad on the slow side. I thought it was a very competitive total, that 150. I think we maybe missed a trick here and there with the ball, a few momentum shifts, but I am sure the guys will learn from it and we will be strong in the next one.

I think we are just trying to take it game by game. Communication for us is key I think, today we wanted to get 140 on the board at around 50 balls to go so we actually got above par of what we thought was a competitive total. And we just trying to communicate whatever we need to do to get ourselves in the game.


Phil Salt, Manchester Originals commented - It is a great win, we watched the game the other day that was on the same wicket here and came with an idea of what the wicket would be like and it actually played a bit different. But how the boys adapted to the conditions was brilliant and that was probably the most important thing to set up getting that win.

I think [myself and Joe Clarke] bat really well together in a partnership. We were both targeting straight but as soon as he started going it was a case of giving him the strike and letting him get on with it as he was playing really well. 


 Northern Superchargers v Oval Invincibles, Emerald Headingley

Northern Superchargers (Men) vs Oval Invincibles (Men), 13th Match

Northern Superchargers (Men) 128/4 (19.2 ov)

Oval Invincibles (Men) 127/6 (20 ov)

Result - Northern Superchargers (Men) won by 6 wickets

Harry Brook hit an unbeaten 47 and John Simpson crashed the winning six as Northern Superchargers claimed a thrilling first men’s Hundred victory at the expense of Oval Invincibles at Emerald Headingley.

The Superchargers varied attack, led by Adil Rashid’s three for 13, prospered in sluggish conditions to restrict the Invincibles to 127 for six, including 27 off the last eight balls.

England leg-spinner Rashid was on a hat-trick as the Oval side slipped to 60 for six before Jason Roy’s unbeaten 52 off 43 balls ensured respectability.

But the Superchargers, on the back of two defeats and a washout, got home with three balls remaining thanks to Yorkshire star Brook and Simpson, who hit Tom Curran for four over backward point and six straight with 11 needed off the last five. 

The Invincibles, who had not taken the field since an opening night win on July 22, struggled after opting to bat in this six-wicket defeat.

The extra pace of seamer Brydon Carse was particularly effective early on, and he struck once.

When Matty Potts bowled visiting captain Sam Billings for three, aiming an ugly carve through the off-side, Invincibles were 49 for four after 45.

Rashid’s first wicket was powerful South African Colin Ingram caught at deep cover - 44 for three after 39. 

He then had Laurie Evans caught at deep midwicket and Jordan Clark brilliantly caught at slip by Dane Vilas, leaving the visitors six down with 42 balls remaining.

Opener Roy remained unbeaten while struggling for timing.

But that timing arrived during an imperative late unbroken seventh-wicket 67 partnership with Curran. 

While Curran finished with 34 as they more than doubled the team total, Roy clattered the last three balls from David Willey for two sixes down the ground and a four.

Curran and Saqib Mahmood then removed Adam Lyth and Willey as the Superchargers reply fell to 23 for two after 21 balls.

As Mahmood stayed on to bowl 10 balls straight, Australian Chris Lynn pulled him for six and drove him for four on the way to 48 off 48.

But it was Brook who provided the impetus during a third-wicket partnership, and he faced 30 balls in all.

In taking the target from 75 off 50 balls to 32 off 25, he hoisted Tabraiz Shamsi for a straight six.

Lynn holed out to Sunil Narine’s spin and Vilas did likewise off Lancashire team-mate Mahmood - 98 for four and 30 needed off 18.

Brook found the cover boundary off Curran as the equation became 17 off 10 with Simpson now for company. And it was the latter who sent the 10,859 crowd home happy.

Northern Superchargers opener Chris Lynn said: 


“Our first two games were probably the most entertaining in the tournament, but we were on the losing side. It was a bit heartbreaking. 

“But we showed a lot of character to get the win. 

“Today was more of a polished performance, and we executed our skills better.

“The wickets are a lot more low-scoring, and sometimes you have to put your ego aside and play the role the team needs.
“Our bowlers were very good. Rash and Mujeeb are world-class through the middle.

“It’s early doors in the tournament, and that washout point we got at Manchester may come into play.”


Oval Invincibles opener Jason Roy said: 


“When you start your bowling innings and you say they will need 11 off the last five, you’d be pretty happy.

“We managed to scrape to a total which was probably slightly light. But, on the top of that, we bowled extremely well. Our fielding was slightly sloppy.

“Apart from that, we can’t be too down on ourselves.

“It took someone to get 48 off 30 balls (Brook) for them to chase it.

“It wasn’t the easiest of pitches, and I definitely struggled to find some rhythm.”

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