The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Sunday, July 25th
The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Sunday, July 25th
The Hundred Women’s Competition 2021
Oval Invincibles 132-7
London Spirit 117-7
Result - Oval Invincibles won by 15 runs
Teenage starlet Alice Capsey’s stunning half-century led Oval Invincibles’ women to a decisive 15-run win over hosts London Spirit as The Hundred arrived at The Home of Cricket.
Still 16, Capsey’s 59 from 41 balls led the visitors to 132-7 having been 29-3.
Fabulous powerplay bowling from Shabnim Ismail (0-15 from 20 balls) and Tash Farrant (2-22 from 20 balls) meant it was a total Spirit never challenged despite 40 from skipper Heather Knight, her opposite number Dane Van Niekerk taking three for 30.
A dramatic start saw Invincibles’ opener Georgia Adams inside edge Freya Davies’ second delivery onto the stumps.
Grace Gibbs was pinned lbw by Deepti Sharma and when Fran Wilson chipped one straight back to Charlotte Dean the visitors were wobbling at 29-3.
Capsey showed a maturity well beyond her tender years, launching a counter-attack with powerful blows especially through mid-wicket. The right-hander reached 50 with nine fours, adding one more before swinging Naomi Dattani (two for 23 from 15 balls) into the hands of Davies on the boundary edge to end a fourth-wicket stand of 80 with Van Niekerk (29).
Mady Villiers hit the only six of the innings in her brief stay before she and Van Niekerk were caught in quick succession in the frantic search for late runs.
Sensing their score was light, Invincibles gave Ismail and Farrant sets of 10 up front, the former returning to bowl a further five, meaning only 19 runs came from the powerplay.
The pressure told when Deandra Dottin skied Villiers’s first ball into the hands of Gibbs. And it might have been worse for Spirit had Knight been caught off the final delivery of the spinner’s five.
The second wicket wasn’t long in coming however, a stunning catch by substitute Eva Gray off the bowling of Van Niekerk seeing the back of Dattani.
Worse followed when Sharma was caught ball watching and run out by a direct hit from Wilson leaving the hosts 37-3 with 43 balls gone.
Knight, back at Lord’s for the first time since leading England to World Cup glory four years ago attempted a fightback, hitting Van Niekerk for a towering straight six.
But Farrant removed Chloe Tryon and Davies with successive balls and by the time Knight holed out looking for the boundaries needed Spirit’s cause was long since lost, despite late belligerence from Danielle Gibson (30 from 13).
Additional Reporting By Cameron Ponsonby, Hundred Rising Reporter
An 80-run partnership between Dane Van Niekerk and 16-year-old Alice Capsey formed the building blocks of a 15-run win for the Oval Invincibles and see them go two from two in the competition.
Much has been made of Alice Capsey’s age, or lack of. The youngest player in the tournament at 16 and still awaiting her GCSE results, it could have been expected, or at least forgiven, had the occasion of playing at Lord’s got the better of her.
Or, on the other side of the coin, and as I’m sure many will comment, “she played with the fearlessness of youth.”
As a phrase it’s one that’s always confused me and I can only assume it is only said by those who don’t remember being 16 (sorry). Because being 16 is terrifying.
You’re constantly being confronted with so many firsts in your life happening at one time. Your first love interest maybe, your first drink perhaps, your first major set of exams for definite. It’s just that unlike us, Capsey has added her first innings at Lord’s to that list as well.
To say Capsey’s youth made her fearless is to diminish her achievement. She batted brilliantly for 59 off 40 balls on the biggest stage of all. There’s no doubt it was a daunting occasion and that’s what made it all the more impressive.
Her innings shifted from one of promise to one of certainty in the space of five balls midway through the innings. Consecutive boundaries off the bowling of Dean was followed by a dismissive shot through the off-side against Dottin. Three boundaries in five balls. A drive, a reverse sweep and a cut. Three different shots with the same outcome each time. This was a batter in control of her game and of the occasion.
Further testament to her innings was that she was supported, not led, by South Africa captain and star of the Invincibles opening night win on Wednesday in Van Niekerk.
The two took the Invincibles from the perilous position of 29 for three off 29 balls and added 80 together to lift them towards what was eventually a match-winning total in 132.
Youth and experience at either end. One burdened with the pressures of age but with the benefits of experience, whilst the other benefitting from the freedom of youth but the disadvantage of...inexperience? I don’t know, but they batted well.
The Invincibles’ final total looked above par but not significantly so. However, an almost tortuously slow start from the Spirit scoring just 22 off their first 30 balls saw it turn into a daunting target very quickly.
With the required run rate only ever going in one direction, the pressure on each incoming batter mounted and led to regular wickets falling. Despite a fine innings from England captain Heather Knight (40 off 29) and a late flurry from Danielle Gibson and Charlotte Dean the Spirit never really got close as the Invincibles ended up winning by a margin of 15 runs.
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Oval Invincibles batter Alice Capsey said: "It's a special moment especially at the Home of Cricket, so I'm just looking to be able to take it all in.
"There were a few nerves, but I just wanted to be able to express myself and stay true to how I play.
"For me I just wanted to take it in my stride and show I'm not going to be pushed to the side. I want to play how I want to play.
"Sometimes it works like today and sometimes it doesn't.
"You speak about big names, but the three girls from our South East Stars group, Tash Farrant, Eva Gray and Grace Gibbs have really helped me and when Dane (Van Niekerk) came out to bat, she really calmed me down."
London Spirit all-rounder Naomi Dattani said: "It was really exciting to be able to play in front of so many people especially at the Home of Cricket and it was a great opportunity for so many people to showcase their talent.
"We were confident of chasing the target with our long batting line-up.
"They bowled well at the start and put us under pressure and it meant we didn't get off to the best start. Heather batted well in the middle and we never thought we were out of it.
"There are things to work on, but we know we can chase scores like that and beyond in the games to come."
AN unbeaten 49 from Indian star Harmanpeet Kaur was not enough to get Manchester Originals a first win in The Hundred as some wonderful fielding and three wickets for Kirstie Gordon ensured Birmingham Phoenix won by 20 runs at Emirates Old Trafford.
The Phoenix stuttered their way to 113 for nine off their 100 balls with only skipper Amy Jones’ 31 offering much in the way of resistance to the tight spin bowling of England’s Sophie Ecclestone and rising star Emma Lamb who finished with three for 16 from her 20 balls.
But Originals were unable to reach the modest total finishing on 93 for eight at the end of an engrossing contest.
An enterprising start from the visitors had seen Erin Burns twice scoop hit Kate Cross to the boundary before she became Ecclestone’s first victim when chipping one to Kaur at mid off for 17.
Shafali Verma, Emily Arlott and Katie Mack then fell in quick succession for single figure scores to leave Phoenix 35 for four off 37 balls and in deep trouble.
Respectability was restored by Jones who bludgeoned 15 off four balls from Laura Jackson, including a six and two fours, before Eve Jones was bowled sweeping for seven by Lamb.
Lamb picked up her third wicket trapping Georgia Elwiss in front for one but 20 from Gwenan Davies and Issy Wong with 10 helped add some valuable tail end runs.
Originals’ reply was in immediate trouble when Gordon accounted for both opening batters within the first 12 balls as Lambs was dismissed lbw for four and Lizelle Lee was well caught by sub fielder Phoebe Franklin for seven.
An even better catch did for Georgie Boyce as Gordon took a skier running back from cover which left the hosts 24 for three from 28 balls.
Mignon du Preez and Kaur tried to spark a recovery but when the South African was stumped dancing down to Abatha Maqsood for four the win predictor looked to be heading only one way.
But with the wristy elegance of Kaur at the crease Originals always had a chance and together with Ellie Threlked the pair dragged their side back into contention.
Scampering for every single and two on the huge Emirates Old Trafford outfield, set at the maximum 70 yards square, the duo put on 42 for the fifth wicket before Threlkeld was bowled by Maqsood for 17.
The equation was tight and when Ecclestone became Gordon’s third wicket it became too much with Phoenix closing out the game with some ease.
Kirstie Gordon, Birmingham Phoenix, said:
"I think it's really important for us to get that first win on the board and in a competition where the games come thick and fast it's important to get up and running - hopefully we can keep moving forward from here.
"We were a few runs light so needed a good start and I'm glad I could help the team with that. It was a low scoring game but it was a used pitch and I think that's probably the reason why. Fielding was important and we ran our twos well which helped up pick up a few runs early on and Katie Mack was exceptional for us on the boundary.
"Sometimes it doesn't matter how you get that first win on the board and today we would have loved to have scored 150+ but it doesn't always happen like that. We've done it the hard way and we'll take a lot of momentum from this result."
Paul Shaw, Manchester Originals coach, said:
"We were disappointed we didn't win at the Oval and today was again a game we should've won. It was a challenging pitch but we should've got over the line and we're bitterly disappointed.
"Our spinners bowled really well and that is part of our strategy but I felt we still gave maybe 20 runs away and to be honest in the context of the game the opposition bowled better than we did and certainly fielded better than us especially on the boundaries with their sweepers.
"We found it difficult to hit boundaries and fair play to Pheonix they bowled well and took the pace off the ball but turning ones in to twos is certainly something we need to get better at as well as striking boundaries.
"The most important thing now is way stay strong and stick together and look to move forward."
Additional Reporting By Caitlin Murray, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter, Manchester
On Sunday more than 21,000 people attended a women’s The Hundred match.
After a record-breaking attendance of 13,537 for the London derby at Lord’s there were 7,855 at Emirates Old Trafford for the first taste of the new competition in the north-west.
While the Manchester Originals had a day to forget, suffering a second successive defeat to Birmingham Phoenix to start The Hundred, they again played their part in a history-making day for women’s cricket after the opening-night success at The Kia Oval.
For all the value of that off-field success, though, you know that a team with the star quality of Kate Cross – so eloquent after the opening match in London - Sophie Ecclestone, Harmanpreet Kaur, Alex Hartley and Lizelle Lee will be burning to get a first-up win.
The hosts let another contest which seemed within their grasp slip through their fingers while for Birmingham the 20-run win meant they were able to bounce back from a disappointing opening defeat against London Spirit.
It may have been the lowest-scoring game of the tournament so far, but the clash was far from lacklustre, providing the spectacular catches, boundaries and wickets we have become accustomed to so far with The Hundred.
After winning the toss, Birmingham Phoenix managed only 25 runs during the Powerplay after opting to bat. The visitors had their two opening batters, Erin Burns and Shafali Verma, caught out before the 25 balls were up.
Perhaps some Birmingham Phoenix fans questioned Eve Jones’ position in the batting order. The Match Hero from the Phoenix’s opening game managed 47 runs against London Spirit yet was only sixth in the order for Sunday’s contest.
That said, captain Amy Jones stepped up managing 31 runs, including two fours and a huge six before being bowled out by the world’s best T20 international bowler Ecclestone.
Amy Jones’ performance, along with clever batting from several of her team-mates, helped the away side to reach a total of 113 on a tricky pitch.
Manchester Originals needed just 114 runs to seal their first victory – chasing the lowest total of the women’s competition so far and 22 runs less than they had managed at the Oval on Wednesday.
It seemed achievable, yet they fell significantly short.
Fundamental to Manchester Originals defeat was a lack of urgency with the bat.
Their players were slow to get going, and with a format like The Hundred, a sluggish approach will not go unpunished. The team only managed 23 runs from 25 balls and both Lee and Emma Lamb were dismissed during the Powerplay.
They picked up eventually, with Eleanor Threlkeld and Harmanpreet Kaur making purposeful attempts to reach the boundary. However, as half of the 100 balls had been bowled, it quickly became clear that it was too much of an uphill battle for the home side, requiring 75 runs from the final 50 deliveries.
Kaur was comfortably the standout player for the Manchester Originals, but even two blistering fours from the India star was not enough to push her side to victory.
As much as the Manchester Originals’ batting performance was dictated by caution and lack of urgency, Birmingham Phoenix’s organised fielding efforts made it incredibly difficult for the Manchester side even when the chase was on.
Match hero Kirstie Gordon came into her own, producing two spectacular catches and three wickets, ending any hopes of a comeback for the home side.
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The Hundred Men's Competition 2021
No play was possible between London Spirit and Oval Invincibles in what would have been the first men's Hundred game at The Home of Cricket.
Heavy rain and thunder which began just as the earlier women's match concluded, continued into the the afternoon meaning any thoughts of a shortened game were abandoned at 4pm.
Both sides take one point apiece, meaning Invincibles now have three following their win over Manchester Originals on Thursday, whereas London Spirit are still looking for their first win of the tournament.
Manchester Originals (Men) 89/4 (14.3 ov)
Birmingham Phoenix (Men) 87/10 (16.4 ov)
Result - Manchester Originals (Men) won by 6 wickets
England leg spinner Matt Parkinson took four wickets for just nine runs from 19 balls to seal a first win in The Hundred for Manchester Originals as Birmingham Phoenix were skittled for just 87 at Emirates Old Trafford.
Playing on a used pitch baked under an uncharacteristic Mancunian heatwave, Phoenix had few answers to the questions posed by the Originals’ phalanx of spinners with Parkinson the pick of the bunch.
The visitors faced 59 balls of spin, 29 of which were dots and lost six for 49 on something of a minefield which allowed Parkinson, Tom Harrison and Tom Hartley to create all sorts of mischief.
In reply both Moeen Ali and Imran Tahir caused problems of their own but Originals were able to reach their target for the loss of four wickets thanks mainly to a run a ball 30 from Jos Buttler.
The Originals were always on top from the moment the dangerous Finn Allen fell after just nine balls when he edged behind off Fred Klaassen for one.
Steven Finn then accounted for Miles Hammond to leave Phoenix on just 21 minus both opening batters with the trial by spin still to come.
Parkinson won the Lancashire bragging rights when he dismissed Liam Livingstone for 12 with his first ball to his Red Rose and England teammate before Kraig Braithwaite chipped in with the prize scalp of skipper Ali caught at third man by Finn for 15.
Calvin Harrison forced Daniel Bell-Drummond to offer a tame caught and bowled chance for his first wicket and promptly followed up with his second after Chris Benjamin fell to a stunning catch on the boundary by Phil Salt who parried the ball up for himself as he stepped over the boundary.
Benny Howell lasted just two balls before edging Braithwaite to Buttler for 0 before Parkinson produced one of the deliveries of the tournament so far as Chris Cooke was totally flummoxed by a huge leg spinner and bowled for 11.
Tom Helm prodded one tamely to Colin Munro for 0 for Parkinson’s third wicket with Imran Tahir falling next ball lbw to the Bolton-born bowler following a DRS review.
Chasing the modest target, Salt did not hang around and had hit 22 off 11 balls when he was deceived by the veteran Tahir.
Howell bowled Joe Clarke for six with a fine delivery and Ali had Munro stumped on seven before Buttler fell at the last to Livingstone as the Originals cruised home.
Matt Parkinson, Manchester Originals, said:
"To be fair the pitches at Emirates Old Trafford haven't actually spun as much as normal and I haven't had the best Blast as I would've liked so to put a performance in today was brilliant.
"There was a bit of a plan to go wide to Liam (Livingstone) and it was more of a loosener than anything but he is the one who has been giving it the big ones so to get him out first ball was great.
"The pitch did spin but I probably didn't spin as much as I would've liked up to that delivery to Chris (Cooke) and I just tried to rag it because he was batting on leg stump so to produce that ball was great and to go on from there and clean up the tail was great too.
"Home advantage was massive and we backed our spinners on a used track but I think if we'd have batted first I'd like to think we'd have got around 130-140."
Dan Vettori, Birmingham Phoenix head coach, said: "It was a difficult surface and they we planned was to try and get to 120 to 130 and if we could've put that on the board after winning the toss I think it would've been a fascinating game with both teams loaded with spinners and bowlers who could've made the most of that surface.
"The surface didn't favour either team - it just is what it is and they adapted better than us. It can be a fascinating match when you have low scores but I think for the overall competition I think most people what to see a high scoring game and some entertainment based around that. I suppose it's about what appeals to you as a spectator - I would've loved to bowl on it but it was wicket that stayed true and stayed consistent for both teams.
"Bouncing back is easy if we get on a good surface because that is where your top three or four batsman can dominate and then you can feed off that and grab some momentum."
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