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The Men’s and Women’s Hundred 2022 – Friday 26th August – Welsh Fire v Northern Superchargers - Results, Match Reports and Reactions

Welsh Fire's Tammy Beaumont gives the thumbs up
Welsh Fire's Tammy Beaumont gives the thumbs up
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Northern Chargers David Wiese run out in the run chase
Northern Chargers David Wiese run out in the run chase
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Here are the Results, Match Reports and Reactions for the Men's and Women's Hundred 2022 on Friday 26th August – Welsh Fire v Northern Superchargers.

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Match Report

They were singing ‘Hymns and Arias’ at Sophia Gardens in the end as Tammy Beaumont’s side came back from the dead to notch the first win for the Welsh Fire in both the women’s and men’s Hundred competitions as they beat the Northern Superchargers by 11 runs. 

Having set the visitor’s a task of scoring 124 to win, they seemed out for the count after Superchargers skipper Hollie Armitage and South African star Laura Wolvaardt put on 90 for the third wicket to leave their team needed 21 to win off the last 17 balls with only two wickets down. 

But then Wolvaardt, who took over from Beth Money as this season leading scorer in the women’s Hundred, went for 41 and Beaumont’s side started to breathe fire. 

From 103-2, the Superchargers slumped to 112 for six as they lost four wickets in the space of 17 balls and added only 10 more runs. Nicola Carey was the star of the show for the home side with the ball as she removed Wolvaardt, Armitage, who reached her highest total in the tournament with 40 off 38. 

While the Fire broke their duck for the season after four successive defeats to fall out of the running for the knock-out phase, the Superchargers are still in with a long shot at reaching the top three. 

Beaumont won the toss and opted to bat first as her side chased that elusive first win of the season. She then went out to open with Scottish international Sarah Bryce and helped to steer her side to 32 off the 25 balls in the powerplay. 

She was then bowled by Jenny Gunn to leave the Fire one for 41 off 33 balls. The experienced Rachel Haynes, returning to action after illness forced her to miss the last two defeats, but she didn’t last long, scoring four runs off her 10 balls to leave the Fire two for 56 at the half-way mark. 

While Bryce kept swinging, notching four boundaries in her 36 in 30 balls, Annabel Sutherland also came good after Bryce and Fran Wilson had both departed within the space of 12 balls. Sutherland and Lauren Filer both hit sixes in a final flourish that same them put on 17 off the final six balls. 

Those runs, along with the 19 scored by Carey, proved vital as the Fire reached 123 for six. That at least gave them something to bowl at on a tricky wicket and they got off to a great start. 

Alysaa Healy fell to the third ball of the innings and then Bess Heath went for one run to leave the Superchargers struggling at two for 12 of the first 13 balls. Then came that 90 partnership between Wolvaardt and Armitage. 

When Wolvaardt, who had scored an unbeaten 90 runs in the win over Manchester Originals last time out, then holed out at deep mid-on off and the late wobble was on. Beaumont’s team turned the screw and came up with that long awaited win, and a sing-song with the crowd. 

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Welsh Fire's Hero of the Match, Nicola Carey, said:

"It was another tough game and that win has been a long time coming. It was nice to get one over the line in front of a home crowd.

"It was nice to contribute with the bat a little bit and we got up to a reasonable total on a tough wicket. Then we bowled really well to defend that total.

"It’s a difficult wicket to bat on, so if you’d don’t leave the stumps you force them to hit off the top. That proved really difficult today and we stuck with those plans the whole way through and we got there in the end.

Holly Armitage, Northern Superhcargers captain said:

"We restricted them to a low total and we should have knocked it off quite comfortably. We’ve just got to brush it under the carpet and go out fighting against Southern Brave.

"I felt really calm at the crease before a couple of wickets just changed the game. Credit to Welsh Fire for pulling that through, but it is disappointing.

"We’ll look to play the same brand of cricket we have been doing and we’ll try and knock Brave off their winning run. I don’t know what this means for us in making the Eliminator, but we’re going to try. We have to move on from this.

"It was nice to bat with Woolvaardt. She struggled at the start of the tournament, we backed her and she's shown she is a fantastic cricketer."

Welsh Fire skipper Tammy Beaumont admitted she was worried the fans wouldn’t turn out at Sophia Gardens because of her side’s losing run, but she was delighted to deliver an 11-run victory over the Northern Superchargers for them. 

In the end the crowd were signing ‘Hymns and Arias’ to salute the first victory by either the women or men in The Hundred this summer and Beaumont couldn’t hide her delight.  

"I was actually very worried that people might not come out because of the way the games have gone,” said Beaumont. 

“It gets me so emotional because the crowd have always supported us. I just wanted to win it for them today.” 

Beaumont had special praise for her Aussie duo of Nic Carey, who picked up the Hero of the Match award, and 20-year-old Annabel Sutherland. Not olny did they contribute with the bat – Carey 19 and Sutherland 31* - but conceded only six runs between them in the last 10 balls. 

“They were as cool as anything under pressure at the end and that's what you want from your bowlers,” added Beaumont. 

"We did well to get that big target, get a few early wickets and hold on in there. You take one wicket and on a difficult wicket it’s hard for new batters to get a start.” 

Having set the Superchargers a target of 124 to win, Beaumont may have thought her side were slipping to another defeat when skipper visiting Hollie Armitage and South African star Laura Wolvaardt put on 90 for the third wicket to leave their team needed 21 to win off the last 17 balls with only two wickets down.   

"We restricted them to a low total and we should have knocked it off quite comfortably,” admitted Armitage.  

“We’ve just got to brush it under the carpet,  go out fighting against Southern Brave and move on. 

"I felt really calm at the crease before a couple of wickets just changed the game. Credit to Welsh Fire for pulling that through, but it is disappointing. 

“I don’t know what this means for us in making the Eliminator, but we’re going to try.” 

Armitage made her highest score in the tournament with 40 – Wolvaardt top scored with 41 – before her side reached 111-6 off their 100 balls. 

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Match Report

Adam Lyth became the highest run scorer in the Men’s Hundred as the Northern Superchargers imposed a seventh successive defeat on the Welsh Fire at Sophia Gardens.

Having been set just 115 to win, Lyth dispatched the Fire bowlers with ease alongside skipper Faf du Plessis as the away side coasted home with nine balls to spare, keeping their faint hopes of reaching the Eliminator alive.

Ben Duckett had earlier hit the Fire’s first half-century of the tournament in his unbeaten 64 to squeeze them above 100 but openers Lyth and du Plessis were destructive, putting on 75 for the first wicket before both were removed by Ish Sodhi for 47 and 32 respectively.  

Having won the toss and opting to bat, Welsh Fire struggled in the powerplay once again as the recalled Tom Banton toiled before being caught behind for six off Craig Miles and Joe Clarke skied David Wiese to cover for 14. Matt Critchley holed out to deep mid-wicket for three off the bowling of Adil Rashid, who continued his streak of taking a wicket in every match of the Supercharger’s 2022 tournament, finishing with one for 17.

David Miller’s wicket epitomised the season the Fire have had, dragging an inside edge onto his stumps for three to hand Miles his second wicket, leaving the Fire 53 for four after 57 balls.

Duckett had been the only Fire batsmen to find anything close to consistency in this summer’s competition and he rebuilt the innings alongside Leus du Plooy, who made an unbeaten 21 from 15 balls, the pair finally pushing the Fire’s rate above one run per ball in the 74th after Duckett pulled successive boundaries. He then accelerated to 64 off 48, scoring eight of the side’s 11 boundaries.

The Superchargers bowled straight lines from wicket-to-wicket, with Miles the most expensive of the bowling attack in his two for 30. Wayne Parnell bowled smartly and was unlucky to end wicketless, as was David Willey, who’s tight line was difficult to work away.

Lyth got the Superchargers off to a blistering start with four boundaries that included a huge six through mid-wicket, racing to 22 off just nine balls. The opener seemed to be batting on a different pitch to everyone else at Sophia Gardens, picking up six boundaries in the powerplay to push his side to 42 for none, where Fire had managed to reach just 22 for one.

Du Plessis took a while to get the strike off Lyth but got going eventually to bring his side within 50 runs of their target.

Brilliant bowling from Sodhi saw him pick up the wickets of both openers in consecutive sets, removing Lyth caught behind for and du Plessis in the deep for 32 to finish with impressive figures of two for 14.

Wiese was run out and Adam Hose bowled by Critchley, but Willey and Harry Brook steadied the ship to ensure the Superchargers moved level with Southern Brave before they meet at Headingley on Wednesday.

The Fire will be hoping to avoid losing all eight of their 2022 matches when they travel to title-chasing Trent Rockets on Monday.


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Northern Supercharges captain Faf du Plessis said: 

It was a convincing win for us and we are still in the competition. We tried to get the runs a little bit sooner tonight to give ourselves a better chance, but that didn’t happen. 

It means we have to win the next game and if an opportunity presents itself if the run rate comes into it then we will look at it only then. 

It was one of those wickets when you weren’t really sure what was a good score. We bowled really well and it was good to bowl first and get a look at the conditions and plan from there.  

The guys were really good with the ball and then clinical with the bat. We didn’t have to go super-hard straight away, just play good cricket shots, but Adam Lyth is in such good form at the moment he puts bowlers under pressure. 

As a partnership I just give him the strike and he is very dominant in the first five overs. 

 

Welsh Fire coach Gary Kirsten said:  

We are playing professional sport and it hasn’t been good enough. You have to be competitive and look to win, but we’ve struggled. 

There are too many players out of form. When we put our squad together at the beginning people were excited by the team, but we haven’t put the performances together and there’s not much more you can say. 

We are in the world of performance and every man has to stand up and be accountable for what he does out there. Every bad performance affects something else. 

There have been a few things that we’ve been excited by. Ben Duckett’s continuous to do well for us, but we’ve battle din the powerplay with bat and ball. That has affected us big time. 

Some of our younger players have done really well, Leus du Plooy has had a great tournament and Matt Critchley too. We got our spin right. Zampa did well in the first few games and then Sodhi came in and did well for us. 

We just haven’t got enough runs on the board because too many batsmen are out of form. 

 

By Matt Gilby, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter



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