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The Hundred 2021: Oval Invincibles Women beat Manchester Originals Women in season opener

The Hundred 2021: Oval Invincibles Women beat Manchester Originals Women in season opener by 5 wickets, at the Kia Oval tonight.

Match Summary

Oval Invincibles Women 139/5 (98 balls)

Manchester Originals Women 136/6 (100 balls)

Result - Oval Invincibles Women won by 5 wickets


Match Report

Dane van Niekerk smashed 56 not out to make Oval Invincibles the first winners of a Hundred match as they beat Manchester Originals by a nervy five wickets.

Lizelle Lee’s 42, together with fast-moving cameos from Harmanpreet Kaur, Georgie Boyce and Kate Cross, helped Originals to a competitive 135.

But South African all-rounder van Niekerk put on 72 with wife Marizanne Kapp to recover from a slow reply, before getting over the target, after a heroic half-century, with two balls to spare at the Kia Oval.

Originals chose to bat first after winning the toss in front of a lively 7,395 crowd on a sticky London evening.

South African Kapp had the honour of delivering the first-ever Hundred delivery, at Lee, although it turned into an anti-climax as she bowled a wide – just as James Kirtley had done with the maiden T20 delivery back in 2003.

Emma Lamb will go down in history as the first batter to be dismissed when she was caught behind off Kapp, following a review.

Lee and Boyce rebuilt with a 55-run partnership, with power striker Lee pulling then driving Farrant for the first two boundaries of the competition.

Boyce was caught at cover but Indian batter Kaur mixed deft touches and hard-hitting to find the boundary four times in five balls.

Lee departed for an innings glueing 42, Kaur paddled to short fine leg for  and Mignon Du Preez slogged to the leg side – with Kapp’s 20 balls going for 20 runs, with two wickets and Farrant picking up three wickets for 25 runs.

Originals captain Cross clubbed the format’s first six – over long-on – as the visitors reached a competitive 135.

Cross claimed two wickets in two balls to thwart a quick-start to the Invincibles’ reply as Alice Capsey scooped to the wicket-keeper and Grace Gibbs was bowled

Fran Wilson, who survived the hat-trick ball, was well caught by Kaur at mid-off and Georgia Adams mistimed to mid-wicket to leave the home side floundering on 36 for four after 32 balls.

But Kapp and van Niekerk invigorated the chase with a fifty partnership off 38 balls, although enjoyed lives as the former was dropped by Kaur and the latter spilled over the boundary for six.

Their electric stand was ended when Kapp was quickly stumped for 38 by Ellie Threlkeld off Ecclestone, who bowled an impressive 11 dots from her 20 balls.

Van Niekerk was dropped again, with 23 needed, at fine leg, before reaching her half-century in 38 balls.

England’s Mady Villiers’ kept her company with 16 off eight balls before van Niekerk edged the winning runs with a four.

Oval Invincibles captain and all-rounder Dane van Niekerk, who scored a match-winning unbeaten 56:

“It was incredible. I am so happy that the first game of The Hundred was so entertaining although a bit more stressful than we would have wanted it to be.

“It was electric out there. The crowd carried us at the back end.

“It didn’t feel like the first game of The Hundred. It felt like it had been there in all time.

“The crowd showed that people are interested in this tournament. As I said before the tournament: it is still cricket!”


Manchester Originals captain Kate Cross:

“I can’t come off a cricket pitch and be more pleased with a loss. It was an electric atmosphere. I have never played in front of a crowd like that before.

“I couldn’t speak to anyone because they couldn’t hear me. Sue Redfern (umpire) couldn’t hear when I was trying to take a time out!

“It was an amazing night for women’s cricket and was a perfect night for the tournament.

“We are obviously disappointed not to get over the line, it would have been amazing if we did.

“There was a lot of nerves and unknowns. We didn’t know what a good score was. It was hard to recalculate and there are some things we need to get used to.

“Not at all [expecting to be the first player to score a Hundred six]. I am going to put it in my Twitter bio!

“Regardless of the result we are history makers. That is what I told the girls before the game. We were the guinea pigs tonight and I am so happy that the organisers got the night they wanted.”

Additional Match Report By Ellen McLaughlin, Hundred Rising Reporter

The stage was set, and history was made tonight.

The inaugural edition of The Hundred got underway with the women’s game taking centre stage as the Oval Invincibles claimed a dramatic five-wicket win over the Manchester Originals.

The result, however, was perhaps secondary to the significance for women’s cricket on a sun-drenched night that played out against backdrop of a record crowd of 7395 -  a record for a standalone women’s domestic match anywhere in the world.

And what an atmosphere it was. There were DJ’s, live music from Becky Hill, a stage set for the toss, crowd interaction, fireworks, and that was before the match had even begun.

It felt more like we had arrived in Ibiza, rather than the Kia Oval, minus the partying of course, but the atmosphere was that electric. The sun was shining, and the music blasted out.

The fans were ready for the action and the on-field entertainment lived up to the hype with a thrilling run chase after the Originals posted 135 batting first. 

The London team lost early wickets at the top of their order, with nerves possibly getting to the younger players.

Invincibles Captain Dane Van Niekerk entered the stage, knowing she had to steady the ship. She finished with a 56 not out from 42 balls - a true captain’s knock as her team won with two balls to spare.

It was a gem of an innings from the South African, but it’s important to note performances from England star Mady Villiers and fellow South African Marizanne Kapp who played their part in sealing the win.

Villiers upped the run rate at crucial moments and Kapp took the first-ever Hundred wicket.

After the match, Van Niekerk credited both players: “They made my life easier and understood I might not always turn for twos, and they found boundaries.”

Originals captain Kate Cross’ side might have suffered defeat, but he mood could not have been more positive.

“I can’t come off a cricket pitch and be more pleased with a loss,” he said. “It was an electric atmosphere. I have never played in front of a crowd like that before.”

History had already been made before a ball had even been bowled, as the Hundred is the first major UK sporting event that has launched both men’s and women’s competitions alongside each other and opened with a women’s match.

This unique double-header of the women’s and men’s game back-to-back is a cricket world first. The dedication to equality and the promotion of viewing options is a major step towards gender equality in sport.

It feels more important than ever that women’s cricket is given a platform and The Hundred delivered when it took the stage for the first time.

With the announcement of equal prize pot in both competitions, the tournament provides an extremely promising sign for the future of women’s cricket both at the grassroots and the professional level.

The increased visibility provided by the format is reinforced by both Sky’s and BBC’s commitment to the tournament.

Sky are streaming the women’s games on YouTube allowing for a broadened outreach.

There has never been a summer of women’ cricket on such a scale, with 52 days of live matches being shown. Of those 52 days, 34 will be Hundred matches.

It is set to elevate the women’s game to new heights and allow the players to perform and showcase their talent alongside their male counterparts.

If tonight is anything to go by, what a tournament we have in store.

Match Stats

Manchester Originals Women won the toss and decided to bat and scored 135/6 off their 100 balls. Lizelle Lee 42 top scored and Tash Farrant 3-25 starred with the ball for Oval Invincibles Women.

Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Emma Lamb - 1.2 ov), 2-59 (Georgie Boyce - 9.3 ov), 3-96 (Lizelle Lee - 14.1 ov), 4-108 (Harmanpreet Kaur - 16.5 ov), 5-113 (Mignon du Preez - 17.5 ov), 6-133 (Sophie Ecclestone - 19.4 ov)

In the run chase, Oval Invincibles Women were 12/3 at one stage early on and in deep trouble. However, Dane van Niekerk 56* and Mady Villiers 16* got them home. Kate Cross 3-26 was the pick of the bowlers for Manchester.

Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Alice Capsey - 1.2 ov), 2-7 (Grace Gibbs - 1.3 ov), 3-12 (Fran Wilson - 3.1 ov), 4-36 (Georgia Adams - 6.2 ov), 5-109 (Marizanne Kapp - 16.3 ov)

Playing XIs

Oval Invincibles Women - Georgia Adams, Alice Capsey, Fran Wilson, Dane van Niekerk(c), Marizanne Kapp, Sarah Bryce(wk), Tash Farrant, Mady Villiers, Grace Gibbs, Shabnim Ismail, Dani Gregory

Manchester Originals Women - Lizelle Lee(wk), Emma Lamb, Georgie Boyce, Harmanpreet Kaur, Mignon du Preez, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross(c), Cordelia Griffith, Ellie Threlkeld, Laura Jackson, Alex Hartley


Match Details

Start Time: 18:30

Toss: Manchester Originals Women won the toss and decided to bat

Venue: Kia Oval, London

Officials: Sue Redfern, Robert Robinson, Neil Bainton, Jasmine Naeem, Stuart Cummings

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