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The Hundred 2021: Sunday August 1st

 

The Hundred Women’s Competition

 

Birmingham Phoenix v Trent Rockets, Edgbaston

Trent Rockets Women bagged their second win of The Hundred as they beat Birmingham Phoenix by 11 runs in front of a 10,000 crowd at Edgbaston. 

The home side has much to do to achieve a top-three finish after suffering their third defeat in four games.  

Bowling first, they ran into a late salvo from Heather Graham whose unbeaten 44 (21 balls, four fours, two sixes) lifted the Rockets to 145 for five. 

The Phoenix's reply fell short at 134 for eight after a top-order collapse to 58 for five left the lower batters with far too much to do. Nat Sciver conceded just three runs from her first ten balls, Sarah Glenn leaked just 17 from 20 and Heather Graham 15 from 15 while Sammy-Jo Johnson took three for 28 in 20. 

After choosing to bat, the Rockets were given a strong start by Johnson. The Aussie moved fluently to 29 (21 balls) and looked set to dominate the innings when she perished in the unluckiest fashion. Rachel Priest timed a straight drive sweetly and when bowler Abtaha Maqsood deflected the ball on to the stumps, Johnson was stranded out of her ground. 

Priest (18, 15 balls) skied a return catch to Emily Arlott but Nat Sciver (27, 23) kept the runs ticking over before charging and missing at Kirstie Gordon and falling stumped. 

As the Phoenix bowled tightly, the Rockets needed some late impetus at 118 for five from 91 balls and Graham supplied it. The last nine balls yielded 27, including six from the last ball which Graham lifted over long on. 

The Phoenix started strongly as Eve Jones and Shafali Verma bashed 29 in 14 balls but both then fell in the space of four balls. Jones chipped Johnson to mid on where Sciver took a great, low catch running in and then Verma was bowled by Katherine Brunt. 

The Rockets followed up with another big blow when Sciver removed home captain Amy Jones, caught at mid-wicket. When Erin Burns and Gwenan Davies sent up catches, five wickets had fallen for 29 runs in 34 balls. 

That was 58 for five after 48 balls and there was no way back for the Phoenix.  Katie Mack offered some resistance with 24 (29 balls) and Issy Wong hit successive sixes in a merry 11-ball 27 which lifted the crowd but the Rockets closed the game out very efficiently. 

Phoenix captain Amy Jones said: " I think it’s a tough one. I was pretty happy with how we bowled in general, it just got away from us a bit at the end.

"I think Heather Graham played a great knock, but on the whole we were pretty happy with the first half. Then when we batted it was difficult for the top order and I think it made it more frustrating then seeing Issy go out there and whack those sixes.
"It was disappointing that we left so much to do for those girls at the end there. Everyone fought back throughout the first innings, and then Issy at the end which was fantastic, so there are positives to take away." 

 

Rockets all-rounder Heather Graham said: "I enjoyed batting out there. As the ball got a little bit older and softer, it got a little bit easier to bat. We were probably a little but under par towards the back end so the way myself and Abi finished off just got us up to a good total. 

"Then they started well with the bat but our bowlers came back really well and used their variations and I think they showed the composure that our team has started to create now.  

"We needed that win - that's two wins away from home, now so now we have to do it back at Trent Bridge. 

"It was a really good atmosphere. It slowly built from the very first ball and it's something that we don't experience as much in the WBBL as they have moved away from double-heeaders with the boys. So from halfway it was amazing."

Additional Reporting By Tejas Anand, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter, Birmingham

It is often said that cricket is a cruel game.

Nowhere was this more apparent than on the 32nd ball of the Trent Rockets innings.

Abtaha Maqsood gently meandered towards the crease before looping up a leg-spinner right into the hitting arc of the destructive Rachel Priest. Priest swatted the delivery back towards Maqsood, the ball cannoning off her boot onto the stumps, catching the non-striker – Sammy-Jo Johnson – well out of her ground.

Quite remarkably, this was the second time in three days that Maqsood had effected a dismissal in such a way.

Johnson stood by the crease for a moment, seemingly dumbstruck to be dismissed in such an unfortunate manner as she waited for the big screen to confirm what she already knew before beginning the long trudge back to the dugout.

A rather sizeable crumb of comfort, however, was that this moment of misfortune came during a resounding victory for her team, a victory which Johnson herself played a starring role in.

Johnson, whose big career break came as a result of a cricket scholarship given to her by Adam Gilchrist’s parents, had started the match with a brutal efficiency reminiscent of that great Aussie keeper.

She exploited the powerplay with fearless strokes laced with power and class.

Despite being beaten for pace by the slippery Issy Wong during the first two deliveries of the innings, she stuck to her guns and smacked the third for four through the covers, a shot which signalled both her intent and that of her team.

Four of her five boundaries came as a result of the raw strength she possesses, a quality which make clearing the infield easy.

Johnson, in combination with Priest, pillaged 46 off the first 32 before Maqsood’s right foot put an end to their partnership.

This opening stand was crucial for the Rockets in providing a platform for their later order hitters to play freely.

Chief amongst these was Heather Graham, the Australian striking two mammoth sixes in an unbeaten 21-ball knock of 44 which added real impetus to the Rockets’ innings.

Whilst Johnson’s day with the bat may have come to an unfortunate end she was not to be denied with ball in hand.

In her youth her cricketing idol was Brett Lee, hoping that one day she would be able to emulate his bowling prowess. Today she did just that, bowling with skill and cunning in the two toughest periods of the game, the powerplay and the death.

With the new ball, Johnson held her nerve against the hard swinging Eve Jones, deceiving her into offering a tricky chance which was expertly snaffled by Nat Sciver at mid-off.

Returning to bowl at the death she struck with her very first ball, removing the set batter Georgia Elwiss before she could make any real indent on the Rockets’ total.

Johnson then calmly closed off the innings, bowling an assorted variety of slow and even slower deliveries which eliminated any fleeting chances of a Phoenix comeback that had been ignited by Wong’s lusty late order blows.

:: 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.

 

London Spirit v Southern Brave, Lord's


Match Summary

London Spirit (Women) 93/10 (19.1 ov)

Southern Brave (Women) 97/3 (18.2 ov)

Southern Brave (Women) won by 7 wickets

SCORECARD

Southern Brave’s Amanda-Jade Wellington produced the best bowling figures by a spinner in the women’s Hundred as her side steamrollered London Spirit to go top of the table.

The Australian leg-spinner took four for 14 from 20 balls to set up her side’s fourth straight victory, skittling Spirit for just 93 at Lord’s.

That total, the joint lowest in the tournament so far, would have been even more modest had Brave not conceded an astonishing 25 wides, with Tammy Beaumont – who hit 34 from 45 – the only London batter to reach double figures.

Stafanie Taylor then struck an undefeated 29 from 32 as Brave chased down the target with eight deliveries to spare.

Spirit immediately found themselves on the back foot after being put in, with opener Naomi Dattani dispatched cheaply by Wellington’s clinical pick-up and direct hit from mid-on.

Deandra Dottin’s destructive potential was blunted by the Brave seamers, who tied her up in knots with swing and variation of pace and she used up 13 deliveries to score just two before falling to West Indies team-mate Taylor.

The home side sank deeper into trouble at 43 for four when Wellington struck twice in as many balls, having Heather Knight caught at mid-off before Deepti Sharma lost her balance stretching to reach a wide and was stumped by Carla Rudd.

Although Chloe Tryon and Beaumont staged a mini-recovery with their stand of 29 from 24, Brave continued to take wickets regularly as Wellington returned to dismiss Beaumont – caught off a leading edge – and Amara Carr.

Rudd completed two further stumpings, while Fi Morris finished with two for 17 as Spirit were bowled out with four balls unused.

Sharma struck an early blow in the Brave reply with a ball that skidded through to clip Smriti Mandhana’s pad, successfully overturning the umpire’s original not-out decision.

The Spirit all-rounder conceded a miserly 10 from her 20 balls and also accounted for Sophia Dunkley, caught reverse-sweeping for 22 off 19.

Charlie Dean also bowled tightly, returning one for 16, and deceived Danni Wyatt with a flighted delivery that enabled Carr to remove the bails.

However, the home side had too few runs to play with and Taylor and Maia Bouchier saw Brave over the line with ease, putting together an unbroken partnership of 38 from 30.

London Spirit batter Tammy Beaumont, who top-scored with 34 from 45 balls, said:

“It was a very difficult pitch and I think it suited their bowlers. We probably underperformed a bit but it wasn’t easy to bat on.

“In the last few games the top order’s not fired that much – we haven’t got that big score and it’s a case of trying to bat longer. Today probably 110 would have been more than enough.

“It was close in the end, with them winning in the last 10 and we’ve done quite a good job with the ball. If we’d got another 10-15 runs it could have been a different story.

“We’ve just got to keep going and think that it’ll come good eventually. One home game left – let’s hope we can put on a good show.”

 

Southern Brave spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington, who took four for 14, said:

“To play at Lord’s was amazing, I was blown away with the amount of people here supporting women’s cricket.

“On a wicket like that, I really had to change up my pace, length and variation. As a spinner, I know batters are going to come after me and if I see them doing that I will bring back my length a little bit – being one step ahead is the key.

“Chases like that can be really hard – sometimes with a low total you get frustrated, but Stafanie Taylor and Maia Bouchier played outstanding cricket. I think we did a brilliant job today to chase that down with a few balls to spare.

“We still haven’t put on a really 100 per cent performance, so it’ll be exciting to see that when it comes.”

 The Hundred Men’s Competition

 

Birmingham Phoenix v Trent Rockets, Edgbaston


Match Summary

Birmingham Phoenix (Men) 145/4 (14.4 ov)

Trent Rockets (Men) 144/6 (20 ov)

Birmingham Phoenix (Men) won by 6 wickets

SCORECARD

Birmingham Phoenix ended Trent Rockets' 100 per cent record in the Hundred with a crunching six-wicket victory at Edgbaston. 

In a result that blows the Hundred table wide open, the Phoenix recorded their second win of the competition while applying a brake to the Rockets' charge. 

The Rockets totalled 144 for six thanks to Dawid Malan's 51 (41 balls) against an attack superbly led by Adam Milne who took two for 13 in 20 balls.   

The Phoenix then charged to 145 for four with 26 balls to spare. Their chase was explosively launched by debutant Will Smeed (36, 13 balls) and Finn Allen (43, 24) who shared 58 in fours and sixes to set up the victory charge. 

Put in, the Rockets lost D'Arcy Short for a duck but the rest of the top four contributed. Alex Hales charged to 38 (22 balls) before falling to a smart catch by Sneed at extra cover off Moeen Ali. 

Samit Patel hit 31 (19 balls) out of a partnership of 47 with Malan before also being caught by the speedy Sneed, off Benny Howell. 

Malan reached his fifty with six over cow-corner off Tom Helm but added only one more before perishing in pursuit of a scampered single when he was beaten by Ali's direct hit. 

The Phoenix attack, superbly led by Milne,  reeled in the scoring-rate during the last quarter, though Matt Carter and Tom Moores both cleared the ropes off Pat Brown in the last over to give the Rockets some late ignition. 

There was plenty of early ignition about the Phoenix reply as Smeed went straight to top gear. The Somerset opener climbed into Timm van der Gugten for 20 in four balls and had 60 on the board in 22 balls before Rashid Khan came on and immediately imposed his class. The spinner removed Smeed, caught at deep mid-wicket and conceded just a single in his first five. 

It was only a momentary success for the Rockets as Allen and Ali biffed 44 in 28 balls. Ali (26, 17 balls) struck Patel for successive sixes but then sought a third and found only Luke Wood at deep mid-wicket. 

Allen was bowled through a quixotic reverse sweep at Khan, who also bowled Miles Hammond, but Livingstone (23, 12 balls) soon lifted a couple of big hits into the crowd to ensure there was no late rally from the Rockets. 

Additional Reporting By Tejas Anand, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter, Birmingham

There is something about the way Alex Hales carries himself on the field that makes him impossible to take your eyes off.

It’s not just the wide-brim Trent Rockets hat he sports in the field – although that is undoubtedly a thing of beauty – but there is an unmistakable swagger about the way in which Hales goes about even the mundanities of his cricket.

As the Birmingham Phoenix batters set about decimating the Trent Rockets total with reckless abandon at Edgbaston today - a task that they achieved with 26 balls in hand – to watch Hales is as curious as it is entertaining.

Watching him between deliveries reveals a man whose hands are invariably in his pockets, eyes seem to have an unusual interest in his own feet and all in all appears to be fairly non-plussed about playing in front of a throbbing crowd of 17,479.

Even as the bowler runs in and his team-mates are eagerly walking in, Hales only offers an obligatory amble vaguely in the direction of the ball. 

In the split second before the ball is released that all changes.

It is almost as if a switch goes off in Hales’ head and he transforms into a different cricketer, dropping down into an agile and nimble position, ready to pounce this way and that to anticipate the path of the ball.

There is a reason as to why Rockets captain Lewis Gregory chooses to situate him at long on (a task he gladly performs at both sides of the ground).

He is quick across the field and relishes the chance to unleash his rocket arm, sending a throw whizzing in to the top of the stumps at the bowlers’ end seemingly without breaking a sweat.

With the bat in hand , as we have long known, Hales is pure box office.

Today was just another example. The audacity to shuffle far outside leg, exposing all three stumps, in order to deposit the opening bowler (Tom Helm) over cover for four was the appetiser.

It was just the start of a calculated and vicious assault by Hales upon Helm, with four deliveries out of Helm’s first five being flayed to the boundary, one disappearing over square leg for a six.

Hales’ mauling is all the more remarkable when seen in comparison with Dawid Malan’s innings, the man in the England team who many believe Hales should replace.

Malan, still the world’s leading international T20 batter, played in the very manner that irks his detractors but has taken him to the top of the world standings. Hard to argue with, right?

Starting off slowly and putting pressure on his team-mates to score quickly around him on what proved to be a very good batting track.

When Malan had finally got his eye in, after launching a humongous six off Helm to bring up his fifty, he was run out by a superb direct hit from Phoenix skipper Moeen Ali.

It left Rockets fans to rue the fact that the highest score in the game was ultimately a match-losing one.

Unfortunately for Hales, English cricket seems to have no place for the man once heralded as the forefront of their limited-overs batting revolution.

Just today, he witnessed first-hand the generation of tomorrow stake their place ahead of him in the great English batting queue, with 19-year-old Will Smeed smacking 36 off just 13 balls and 22-year-old Chris Benjamin reverse sweeping one of the best in the world (Rashid Khan) with astonishing ease.

Hales, at 32, is no longer a young man.

:: 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.

Phoenix batter Will Smeed said: 

"There were definitely a few nerves, playing in front of such a big crowd for a new team and I was very keen to make an impact, but they quickly went when I got out there. 

"We bowled really well and kept them to a reasonable score so Finn and I just went out there to try and get us off to a good start.  We needed a win after we have a close loss the other day. The boys were gutted after that so it's good to come out of this on the other side against a really strong Trent team. 

"It was an amazing atmosphere to play in. I noticed it more when I was fielding because when I am batting I am more just watching the ball. But it was amazing to hear the cheers when you hit boundaries. I was trying to feed off that and hopefully I can do it again." 

 

Rockets captain Lewis Gregory said: 

"I don't think we were quite at our best in all facets of the game, to be honest, but it's one of those formats where that can quite easily happen. 

"We never really got a grip on them when they were batting. They got off to a flyer and got ahead of the game and we struggled to drag them back. I think we had a pretty par total but we needed to take early wickets which we couldn't do. 

"But we have played some brilliant cricket so far in this competition and I fully expect us to continue to do that. We are in a fantastic spot in the group table halfway through the group stage and we have a few days now to get away and chill out and then come back at Cardiff on Friday." 

 

London Spirit v Southern Brave, Lord's


Match Summary

Southern Brave (145-6

London Spirit (141-7)

Result - Southern Brave won by four runs

Chris Jordan held his nerve to seal Southern Brave’s second successive Hundred victory as they held off London Spirit in a tense finish.

Jordan – who took two for 32 and also ran out Spirit captain Eoin Morgan with a direct hit from mid-off – defended 11 from the final set of five as the home side fell just short on 141 for seven.

London had looked set to break their duck in the tournament after an explosive opening stand of 68 from 27 balls between Adam Rossington and Josh Inglis.

But Jordan picked up the key wicket of Inglis, one of three catches for Quinton de Kock, as Spirit failed to chase down the visitors’ total of 145 for six, built around Alex Davies’ knock of 50.

Having lost the toss, Brave skipper James Vince also lost his wicket cheaply, heaving Chris Wood straight to deep midwicket.

However, de Kock looked in imperious mood, striking the ball cleanly and carting Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Nabi over the short boundary for maximums in his 27 from 14.

But de Kock perished top-edging Blake Cullen’s first ball into Rossington’s gloves – and Davies should have followed when he went for an untidy hook off the same bowler, only for Wood to spill the chance at long leg.

Instead, Davies settled down and began to accelerate, ramping Amir for one of five fours and reaching his half-century with another boundary off Cullen before he holed out to the final ball of the innings.

Devon Conway provided support with 22 from 18 before offering a return catch to Roelof van der Merwe.

Rossington made rapid inroads on the target, showering the Mound Stand spectators with a fusillade of boundaries as he hammered Colin de Grandhomme’s first set of five for 20 en route to 45 from 21.

Inglis soon joined his partner by tucking into the powerplay bowling with successive fours off Tymal Mills and subjecting Jordan to the same fate as Spirit raced to 50 from only 18 deliveries.

George Garton stemmed the tide with two wickets in as many balls, persuading Rossington to edge a slower one through to de Kock, who then picked up Joe Denly from the next.

Spirit suddenly looked prone to a wobble when Jordan’s sharp piece of fielding, diving to run out Morgan, reduced them to 81 for three.

De Kock pulled off a superb diving catch to remove Inglis for 55 off 43 and then scythed down the stumps to run out Cullen from the penultimate ball and secure Brave’s narrow triumph.

London Spirit captain EOIN MORGAN said:

“If you watch the games that have been played in the tournament so far, every single one has been really tight. You’re never out of the game at all, I think that’s been one of the entertaining factors of hundred-ball cricket.

“I thought it was a good wicket and for the majority of the chase we did a lot of things really well.

“The further you go without winning games, the harder it is to break it. We’ve been slow starters and we haven’t had a lot of luck in the tournament so far but I believe we can turn it around.

“They’re a strong side, Southern Brave. In all the games we’ve played there’s been a really good contest between bat and ball – it’s not been lopsided in any game so far.”

 

Southern Brave batter ALEX DAVIES, who scored 50 from 40 balls, said:

“Given how hard I found it and the other lads found it starting their innings, I felt someone needed to take responsibility, soak up as many balls as possible and get us to a respectable total.

“If we get the runs on the board this bowling attack can do the rest for us.

“We’ve got some of the best players in the world and Quinny (de Kock) is one of them, with the athleticism there and the catch (to dismiss Inglis) just speaks for itself. He can have the gloves all he wants!

“We didn’t hit our straps in the first two games but with this being a shorter format the margins are even smaller and we’re starting to find our feet. If we can get on a roll, who know what could happen?”

Additional Reporting By Cameron Ponsonby, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter, London

One of the quirks of The Hundred has been the lack of, or even complete absence, of away fans.

Only the hardiest of supporters go out of their way to follow their team on the road and so when a new competition is at its very beginnings people can be excused for settling for home comforts first.  

It can lead to fairly bizarre moments where a wicket will fall to silence or a boundary will be struck and be received by apathy. Which, in fairness, isn’t particularly problematic but it has led to me on occasion looking up from my laptop to discover the game has progressed significantly since I last looked.

Turns out I actually rely on the sounds of a match to follow how it’s going as much as my eyes, who knew.

So, as I was walking around Lord’s and the tannoy came on to announce the London Spirit line-up, I was taken aback to hear a loud: “Booooooooo….come on Southern Brave!!”

An away fan in the wild. Don’t get too close, you might scare it. 

Slightly tentatively I approached this rarest of beast and it turned out his name was Ben and he was up from Fleet with his mates for an away day. 

“Southern Brave fan. It’s my local team and it’s why I’ve got my green on,” Ben said.  

If anything, Ben’s reasons for travelling up were interesting for how normal they were.

It was a day out at the sport with his friends. Have a few drinks up the big smoke and then a mad dash for the last train home, just as he does for Hampshire’s T20s against Surrey and Middlesex.

It’s another example of how when the Hundred is boiled down its common denominator it’s...just...well….cricket.

As Ben’s friends return from the bar and scream “Southern Brave” down my mic I ask if they’d consider going to Glamorgan or Leeds or wherever to support the Brave.

“Yes”, comes the answer. I suppose not everything needs nuance. 

As they depart I wish them luck and also spare a thought for their bosses tomorrow morning. Productivity will be low. 

However, as much as live sport is the mainstay of the lads day out, today was also the first day Lord’s trialled a new curb on alcohol sales to try and prevent evening matches descending into a booze fest and promote a more family feel.

And shortly after chatting to Ben, I found one of those fans as well. 

Kai is here with his mum, dad and brother.

He’s decked out in a Southern Brave top and cap and is also freshly out of the Lord’s shop where he’s put his parents credit card further to the test.

More power to him if you ask me.

They’re all up from Sussex and Kai is excited to see Quinton de Kock open the batting for the men later. He’s not as excited to watch the Spirit women’s team though.

“I actually support Oval Invincibles in the women’s.”

“Why?”

“My teacher plays for them. Georgia Adams.”

And whilst Kai may be unusual for supporting a side due to his teacher turning out for them, he doesn’t appear to be for supporting a side based on an individual allegiance rather than a team one. 

I meet Shilly who is also kitted out in a Southern Brave kit. Shilly’s from Leicester although has no interest in her more local side Birmingham Phoenix. So why Southern Brave?

“Jofra! I’m in love with Jofra.”

And if Jofra moved? 

“I would move with him.”

“When it’s a new franchise competition”, her friend Olivia says, “the players can go everywhere so you kind of support individuals...but for me it’s that regional connection all the way.”

“I work in the region and I coach for Berkshire (one of the feeder sides for Southern Brave). A lot of the players have come from there and they’re inspiring these young players and for me as a coach that is amazing to see.”

However, sometimes neither regional nor individual allegiances come into it. Piers and Miranda live in Guildford and are members at Surrey, but Southern Brave supporters. 

“I’m a member of Surrey but because it’s a franchise tournament I don’t need to support them (Oval Invincibles) just because they play at the Oval.

“I’m a cricket fan overall, I much prefer Test cricket and one-day cricket but I like any sort of cricket really, so wanted to come and give this a go as well. It was an opportunity for something new.”

And as Southern Brave required one run to win and Stefanie Taylor angled the ball away for the winning run, sure enough there it was. A cheer. Only a small one, but a cheer nonetheless.

The hardiest of fans had their reward. All except for Shilly of course, Jofra’s still out injured.

:: 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.

 

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