The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Tuesday August 11th
The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Tuesday August 11th
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Southern Brave (Women) 166/3 (20 ov) beat Welsh Fire (Women) 127/4 (20 ov) by 39 runs.
Southern Brave women booked their spot in the final of the Hundred with a crushing 39-run victory over Welsh Fire at the Ageas Bowl.
A superb 107-run stand for the opening wicket from Smriti Mandhana and Danni Wyatt laid the foundations for a tournament record score of 166 from the Brave in front of a crowd of over 7,000.
Despite the perfect battling conditions, Fire skipper Sophie Duff won the toss and elected to field.
But that decision backfired as Duff's side gave in-form Mandhana, who scored a superb 78 from 52 balls, two early reprieves when she was in single figures.
Mandhana, who is the competition's top run scorer, was first dropped off the fifth ball of the match when Alex Griffiths grassed a regulation chance off Bryony Smith at mid-on.
She was then dismissed by Piepa Cleary for five only for the delivery to be ruled a no-ball retrospectively as she made her way back to the pavilion.
Wyatt chalked up her second 50 of the competition from 34 balls before the Fire finally took a wicket when she was caught at long-on by Cleary off Nicole Harvey for 53.
Mandhana continued to take the visitors' bowling apart as she belted seven fours and three sixes before finally being dismissed by Hayley Matthews four balls from end of the innings.
The West Indies all-rounder then found herself on a hat-trick when she dismissed her international skipper Stefanie Taylor first ball as the Fire finished with a flourish.
But it was not enough to prevent the Brave eclipsing the previous highest score of 151 scored by the Trent Rockets with Sophia Dunkely finishing 23 not out and Maia Boucher smashing the final ball of the innings for four.
The Fire's response was steady rather than the spectacular that was needed to have any chance of chasing down such a daunting total.
Matthews was the first wicket to fall for 18 when Wyatt took a diving catch off the bowling of Amanda-Jade Wellington after 42 balls.
Smith then departed for 33 to reduce the visitors for 58-2 with former England star Sarah Taylor then lasting just five balls for four runs as she was stumped by Carla Rudd off Taylor.
Luff and Georgia Redmayne added a breezy 56 for the fourth wicket before the Fire captain departed for 30 from the penultimate ball of the match.
Welsh Fire's Hayley Turner
"They batted really well, our fielding and drop catches didn't help that. Nevertheless, it was a good wicket but credit to them they bowled well and kept us really quiet early on.
"Sometimes we will be the batters and that will happen and we will be pretty happy and fortunate.
"The most important thing is stay mentatlly switched on and come back from it. Credit to her, it's not that we didn't come back from it, I just think she batted really well after that. If you are given chances when you are a quality that will happen."
Southern Brave's Danni Wyatt
"It was good fun out there, it was another good wicket to bat on here at the Ageas bowl and to win here and go straight to the final, we are all really happy.
"We've got a game on Monday against the Oval Invincibles and then we will have another few days off and prepare for the big final at Lord's which we are all really excited about.
"Everyone in the top five has won us a game, everyone has a great work ethic and is training really hard and with a purpose and putting their hand up to win games.
"There is a really nice feel around the group but there are no celebrations just yet."
Additional Reporting By Evie Ashton, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter, Southampton
Southern Brave have the best top four out all 16 teams in The Hundred.
Yes, that includes both the women’s and men’s competitions. It’s hard to argue against.
They made yet another convincing case in a 39-run demolition of Welsh Fire that booked their place in the first-ever The Hundred Women’s final.
It was a sixth win in seven during which time a different player has stepped up to play the match-winner. Now every other team must find a way to beat them ahead of the Lord’s decider in nine days’ time.
Silent assassins Wyatt and Mandhana
Today it was the Brave’s dynamic duo of Danni Wyatt and Smriti Mandhana at the top who combined to produce a dazzling opening partnership to set up their 166 for three - the biggest total of The Hundred so far.
Wyatt was fearless from the start, hitting the first ball of the match for four past deep extra cover. It foreshadowed a magnificent 107-run opening partnership with Match Hero Mandhana who crashed 78 from 52 balls.
The pair exploited the gaps all over the field, sending drives into the covers, cutters past backward point, flicks past deep midwicket, and pulls past deep backward square leg.
Both deservedly picked up their second half-centuries of the tournament further cementing Southern Brave’s dominance. After Wyatt was caught at long off, Mandhana continued their excellence as the India international hit three sixes and seven fours.
This is all the more impressive considering Wyatt and Mandhana have done this before. Mandhana, ranked the third T20 batter in the world, had great success against the Fire in their first meeting with an explosive knock of 61 off 39 balls. In the same fashion, Wyatt punished Birmingham Phoenix’s huge total of 140 by hitting 69 off 40 runs, including five fours and four sixes.
After the game Wyatt revealed that she enjoys batting with Mandhana because they are so similar adding that the pair don’t say much at all in the middle, preferring instead to let their bats do the talking.
Dunkley has gone about provig why she is one of the fastest rising stars in English cricket as her memorable summer goes from strength to strength.
Against Northern Superchargers she revealed her mental fortitude, when she arrived at the crease at five for two yet still steered her side to victory.
The 23-year-old crunched the ball around the park with relentless positivity, which the Superchargers could not match to stop her fifty. In today’s match she smacked an unbeaten 23 off 13 balls which was crucial to maintain Brave’s outstanding strike rate.
You can always depend on Taylor
Stafanie Taylor has been Southern Brave’s rock with at and ball.
The West Indies star had only just got out for the first time last week and along with her top-four team-mates has hovered inside the top-10 runscorers for most of the competition.
Whilst today may not have been her day, Taylor contributions have been invaluable with bat and ball. Today the all-rounder took the key wicket of Sarah Taylor, just when Welsh Fire needed her most.
And let’s not forget her brilliant unbeaten 45 against Trent Rockets to help Brave recover from 18 for three to post 133 for five earning her Cazoo Hero of the match. She really set the tone for Brave’s dominance in the competition.
This is not to say the rest of Southern Brave have not played a significant role.
A team with Anya Shrubsole playing a secondary role is clearly very strong and that would be to under-estimate the value of her captaincy in the competition.
Amanda-Jade Wellington who has been invaluable with the ball and has taken the third most wickets of the competition. Ultimately though, Southern Brave’s four top batters are what make them stand out. No team has yet been able to make a breakthrough and that’s why they are in the final.
Good luck trying to beat them at Lord’s on August 21.
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Southern Brave 147-2 beat Welsh Fire 144-5 by eight wickets
Southern Brave eased to a third win in four Hundred matches to move to the top of the men's table with skipper James Vince and the in-form Qunton de Kock inspiring their side to an eight-wicket win and end Welsh Fire's finals aspirations.
Chasing 145 for victory after the Fire chalked up a competitive score of 144-5, Vince combined elegance with big-hitting as he hit 51 from 39 balls to help his side to the top of the table and looking well set for a place in the final on August 21.
De Kock, fresh from his match-winning 72 against the Northern Superchargers on Saturday, scored 56 not out as he and Alex Davies wrapped up the victory with 13 balls to spare.
Ireland batsman Paul Stirling got the Brave off to a strong start, smashing three fours and a six in his seven-ball vigil, before he found the hands of Glenn Philliips off Luke Fletcher.
Stirling's exit brought Vince to the crease and he and de Kock put on 86 for the second wicket with skipper bringing up his 50 from 37 balls before he was caught by Ian Cockbain off Qais Ahmad.
De Kock would have been out for 18 had Fire opted to review a lbw shout against the South African when Ahmad trapped him on the front pad and that decision proved to be pivotal as he guided the home side to victory, smashing five fours and two sixes.
Vince won the toss and elected to field on a hybrid surface at the Ageas Bowl.
The visitors began well with 11 runs scored off the first five balls from George Garton with Glamorgan's David Lloyd belting the final ball of the opening set of five balls for six.
That early onslaught prompted Vince to immediately turn to the off-spin of Danny Briggs and he was vindicated when Lloyd found the skipper's hands at short cover.
Dangerman Tom Banton looked in great touch for the Fire, smashing 36 from 20 balls including huge successive sixes off Garton.
But the Somerset star perished after chancing his arm once too often against Jake Lintott and was caught on the boundary rope by Alex Davies.
Lintott struck again just three deliveries later when Cockbain slapped the ball straight to Colin de Grandhomme - reducing his side to 3-70.
Vince persisted with spin, returning Briggs back into the attack and he was rewarded when the Sussex tweaker beat Ben Duckett's defences immediately after being hit for four to.send the visiting skipper on his way for seven.
Struggling at 78-4, New Zealand big-hitter Glenn Philipps and Leus de Plooy took time to get themselves in before accelerating to a valuable 62-run stand off 20 balls.
But the final 10 balls of the innings were bowled superbly by Brave veterans Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan with just nine runs scored .
Welsh Fire's Leus de Plooy
"We thought it was a competitive total we set, but credit to them they bowled so well between Jordan and Mills at the end. We thought we were in a position after 80 balls to get to 155-160.
"But Mills and Jordan really complemented each other and there is a reason they have gone around the world and played.
"They really showcased their class tonight, it is a good learning curve playing against those guys.
"There have been key moments where we have not quite been on it whether that be dropped catches or reviews.
"When you tend to lose, those things often go against you."
Southern Brave's Quinton de Kock
"It's nice to finally get the runs going. I had two decent starts earlier in the tournament, but couldn't go on and that irritated me a little bit. So it is good to get the ball rolling and score some runs for the team.
"It's not how you start a tournament it's how you finish and we have one more really important game to play which is key and it would be great to close it out.
"The tournament is different and it is a hard format. but I do enjoy it, it's not too much shorter than a T20 format and obviously there are different rules but the thinking on the game plans are much the same.
It's a great tournament and I am really enjoying being part of it.
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