The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Wednesday August 4th
The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Wednesday August 4th
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The Hundred 2021: Wednesday August 4th
The Hundred Women’s Competition
Birmingham Phoenix (Women) 129/9 (20 ov)
Oval Invincibles (Women) 133/2 (19.2 ov)
Oval Invincibles (Women) won by 8 wickets
Oval Invincibles Women cranked up their Hundred challenge with a crunching eight-wicket victory over Birmingham Phoenix at Edgbaston.
Invincibles captain Dane van Niekirk led from the front with bat and ball as her side recorded their third victory of the campaign.
An excellent bowling performance by the Invincibles restricted the Phoenix to 129 for nine. Only Erin Burns (45, 28 balls) found any fluency against a well-directed attack in which van Niekerk took two for 16 from 20 balls, Danielle Griggs one for 18 from 15 and Tash Farrant three for 23 from 20.
The Invincibles then reached 133 for two with three balls to spare, powered by an opening stand of 90 between van Niekerk (67 not out, 51 balls) and Georgia Adams (42, 30).
The Invincibles are right back on the front foot in the qualification race but the Phoenix are now under serious pressure. They have struggled to cope with the withdrawal of big-name players just before the tournament began but need to find some answers quickly after winning just one of five games.
The Phoenix chose to bat but just one run came from the first nine balls from Alice Capsey and Farrant. Shafali Verma (16, 16 balls) threatened briefly but fell to Eva Gray and the Phoenix hopes took another jolt when skipper Amy Jones was stumped by Sarah Bryce off van Niekerk.
Burns took the attack to the Invincibles and struck seven on the way to scoring 45 out of the next 59 runs but then attacked Gregory once too often and sent up a catch to Grace Gibbs. It was left to Issy Wong, Gwenan Davies and Kirstie Gordon to eke the total upwards with a combined 33 from 25 balls.
The Invincibles' reply was launched in impressive fashion by Adams and van Niekerk. The latter hit four of her first ten balls for four and when Adams hoisted Abtaha Maqsood to the long off boundary, the opening stand had passed 50 in 41 balls.
Dropped catches added to the Phoenix woes and Adams was reprieved twice on the way to 42 with five fours and a six before she chipped Gordon to extra cover and a catch finally stuck.
It was far too late to affect the result though, as van Niekerk passed 50 in 40 balls and her side eased home with greater comfort than three balls to spare suggests.
Phoenix Women head coach Ben Sawyer said:
"With that total on the board we thought we would have to be pretty perfect in the field and you can't win close games like that if you drop catches off big players as we did. We created our chances and we have been really great in the field during this tournament but today was not a great one for us.
"They had a strong start to their innings but still needed about 33 from 30 balls and to get it down to the last over was a great effort and I commend the girls for that, they fought really hard."
Invincibles Women captain Dane ven Niekiek said:
"We had to win today and I have to give credit to the whole team. With a few injuries to deal with, the team has really got together and we executed our plans well. It was a satisfying well.
In the Hundred it is very hard to catch up so if you start well in both innings it helps a lot and that was our game plan coming into both innings.
"With the bat we really wanted to take it to the bowlers because we know they have really good bowlers so we wanted to get on top of them early. And with the ball I have to give credit to Tash and Alice because to concede just one from the first nine balls was brilliant."
Additional Reporting By Tejas Anand, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter, Birmingham
Shafali Verma arrived at Birmingham Phoenix for the inaugural edition of The Hundred laden with the expectation of success.
Not only was the 17-year-old the world’s number-one ranked international T20 batter, but she was also in sizzling form after blitzing England on her Test debut.
Surely, this tournament would be a walk in the park for a young player who had obliterated all previous hurdles in her path during her young career so far.
So why has she failed to really set The Hundred alight so far?
Before any batting analysis is poured over, following an eight-wicket defeat to Oval Invincibles tonight, surely the most significant factor is the tenderness of her youth.
At just 17 years of age the weight of expectation as the Phoenix’s key overseas signing is more heavy on her shoulders.
With other overseas stars such as Ellyse Perry, Sophie Devine and Ashleigh Gardner unable to take up their place at the Phoenix this season, Verma’s performances have had a larger than anticipated impact on her team’s fortunes.
With India she is surrounded by the experience of Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues - all having stellar tournaments of their own.
Verma is playing for the first time in a domestic tournament away from her native India, surrounded by team-mates communicating in a tongue she is no master of, and burdened by the pressure of being the leading face in a depleted franchise with an inexperienced squad.
Coach Ben Sawyer put it best in the post-match press conference.
“She’s 17, it’s a lot to put on her shoulders,” he said. “We’d love to get a bit more out of her and more importantly she’d love to get a bit more out of herself.”
Verma has so far managed 71 runs, at a fairly sedentary strike rate of 107.57. Given she spends most of her innings batting in the powerplay, where runs should flow freely, that has been a worry for the Phoenix.
Teams appear to have cottoned on to her strengths against pace and the first delivery she faced was bowled by fellow teen and star of the tournament, Alice Capsey.
When Verma finally found the boundary, it was with a shot that reminded fans why she is heralded as one of the players who will change the face of women’s cricket in the years to come.
Whilst the delivery from Mady Villiers was errant, the speed with which the ball raced to the fence with just a flick of her wrists produced audible gasps of admiration.
Sadly, this was the only boundary of an innings that, much like many others during Verma’s tournament, flattered to deceive.
It is almost certain that will soon change. Verma’s desire to get more out of herself has brought her so far in a short time and a big knock is just around the corner.
It is even more certain is that more competitions such as The Hundred will help young female players such as Verma develop in new environments. And that is only a good thing.
:: 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.
The Hundred Men’s Competition
Birmingham Phoenix (Men) vs Oval Invincibles (Men), 18th Match, The Hundred Men's Competition
Birmingham Phoenix (Men) 174/4 (18.4 ov)
Oval Invincibles (Men) 172/3 (20 ov)
Result - Birmingham Phoenix (Men) won by 6 wickets
Birmingham Phoenix leapt right among the Hundred front runners with a thrilling six-wicket victory over Oval Invincibles in a runfest at Edgbaston.
A powerhouse innings from Colin Ingram - 81 from 43 balls - lifted the Invincibles to 172 for three - the second highest ever total in the Hundred.
The 36-year-old built on a fast start from Jason Roy (38, 22 balls) and hit eight fours and four sixes, many coming in a third-wicket stand of 72 in 39 balls with captain Sam Billings (24, 17 balls).
But the Phoenix reeled in the tall target, reaching 174 for four with six balls to spare thanks to Moeen Ali (49, 26 balls), Will Smeed (45, 28 balls) and then a dazzling cameo at the end from Chris Benjamin whose unbeaten 37 from 16 balls tilted a knife-edge contest his side's way.
After choosing to bowl, the Phoenix started well with Adam Milne and Imran Tahir each conceding just a single from their first over. The Invincibles then hit their stride, though, with Roy batted with characteristic power, hitting five fours and a six before he was bowled by a slower ball from Benny Howell.
Ingram and Billings accelerated through the gears in a violent partnership which ended when the latter lifted Pat Brown to long off where Howell took a fine catch. Ingram cleared the ropes in each of the last two overs to provide late impetus and round off a perfectly-paced innings from the South African.
Finn Allen (23, 13 balls) gave the Phoenix reply a fiery start with five fours in eight balls but fell in strange fashion when he played back to Sunil Narine's first ball and trod on his wicket. Liam Livingstone heaved one huge six but was denied another when Laurie Evans took a stinging catch on the mid-wicket rope to give Tabraiz Shamsi his first wicket.
Smeed accelerated after a watchful start but skied Saqib Mahmood to extra cover. With such a big target, the pressure on the Phoenix batsmen was high but Ali responded with a furious attack which included successive sixes off Tom Curran. The skipper was within one run of a half-century when Curran got his revenge, taking a superb catch at deep mid-wicket.
That left the Phoenix needing 34 from 25 balls. Benjamin got to grips with the task straight away, trimming the target to ten fom ten and then striking the winning four to continue his fairy-tale rise.
Phoenix batsman Chris Benjamin said:
"It was a high total to chase but we knew it was a good wicket and the boundaries felt a little bit smaller today. We just knew it was going to be good fun and wanted to make a good go of the chase.
"In the last two games the platform set by Finn and Will at the top of the order has been superb. It is so helpful to have such a good start and get in front of the rate - that makes it a lot easier for us coming in later.
"I do love going out there when the team really needs someone to step up. I think that really makes me switch on and focus. It makes me take responsibility and playing in front of that many people and that much noise at Edgbaston, I absolutely love it.
Invincibles batsman Colin Ingram said:
"We felt like we had a really good total on the board so to come away with a loss is quite a heavy punch, but the ball did skid on really nicely after the rain and a couple of their guys really got stuck into it.
"It was great entertainment and there were some big balls hit tonight but it is disappointing to be on the losing side of it. We have got a really good bowling attack with lots of variety so we would have liked to close it out.
"But I feel that we have got a really good side and a good thing going and I wouldn't be surprised if you see us competing deep in the competition because we have got a great bunch of characters who seem to be gelling quite nicely.
"Chris Benjamin has definitely come out to play and made a massive impression which is great for his career but also great for English cricket in terms of having the platform for these young guys to come through on a big stage with the world watching and how off their skills."
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