The Men’s and Women’s Hundred 2022 Monday August 29th - Trent Rockets v Welsh Fire - Results, Match Reports and Reactions
Here are the Results, Match Reports and Reactions for the Men's and Women's Hundred 2022 on Monday August 29th - Trent Rockets v Welsh Fire.
Women's Hundred 2022 -Top Tournament Stats
Australia international Elyse Villani led from the front as Trent Rockets gained the win they needed to keep alive their chances of staying in The Women’s Hundred but will not progress any further if Birmingham Phoenix beat London Spirit at Lord’s on Tuesday.
Opener Villani, who took over the Rockets captaincy to allow Nat Sciver to focus fully on her batting and bowling roles, made an unbeaten 55 off 40 balls with eight fours and a six as the East Midlands team overhauled a modest 100 for eight by Welsh Fire for an eight wicket win with 18 balls to spare.
She shared an unbroken match-winning partnership of 64 with South Africa’s Mignon du Preez, whose 32 off 20 balls included back-to-back boundaries off New Zealand’s Annabel Sutherland to win the contest.
Australia international Nicola Carey, who took three for 18 with the ball as Fire broke their duck against Northern Superchargers on Friday, top-scored with 27 off 29 balls with Sarah Bryce making 23 off 26 as the Welsh side struggled for fluency on a used pitch.
Rockets were excellent in the field, Villani holding two good catches, Bryony Smith an excellent one and Mignon du Preez pulling off a four-saving dive at deep cover. Their bowlers gave little away, five conceding less than a run a ball, leg-spinner Alana King, who has been outstanding throughout the tournament, going for just 10 runs in her 20.
Tammy Beaumont opted to bat first and launched the Fire innings with four consecutive fours off Kathryn Bryce but that was as good as it got for her team, who found the boundary only five more times, three coming in the final nine deliveries as Carey and Lauren Filer finally threw off the shackles.
England opener Beaumont horribly miscued a ball from off-spinner Bryony Smith at the start of the second set, Bryce gaining an element of revenge by demanding and taking the catch at cover. Kathrine Brunt conceded just seven runs in back-to-back sets, Sciver dismissed Aussies Rachael Haynes (bowled) and Annabel Sutherland (leg before) in the space of five deliveries and Fire closed the powerplay on 31 for three.
Opener Bryce - Kathryn’s younger sister and fellow Scotland international - hung around doggedly but it was an anchor role for which only Carey provided any meaningful support, the pair adding 33 off as many balls for the fifth wicket before Bryce was run out by the bowler chasing a single off Georgia Davis.
After a sedate start lifted only by Villani pulling Sutherland for six over the head of deep backward square, Rockets were 25 without loss after 25 balls, behind on the powerplay comparison but up with the required rate.
They soon lost Smith caught at deep midwicket and Sciver, dropped on two, failed to cash in, caught at short third as she reverse swept Alex Hartley.
But Villani took responsibility from thereon in, taking three fours in five balls off Carey, surviving a difficult chance to deep backward square on 46 but otherwise looking impressive, with Du Preez chipping in with six over midwicket off Hartley before getting the job done.
Rockets batter Mignon du Preez said:
“We have to wait and see what happens with tomorrow’s results to see whether we go through or not but I think we did the best we could and we are happy we could finish off on a high today.
“I have been quite frustrated with the way the tournament has gone for me so I’m glad that I could be there at the end to take us over the line, but today was really set up by our bowlers.
“The way they bounced back after the first over was just amazing. We restricted them to a really good total and we knew we had the batting power to chase that down. And it was really backed up with the fielding today.
“Elyse (Villani) was fantastic, the way she led from the front after taking over the captaincy. I’ve had the opportunity to play with her multiple times and she is a very good friend of mine.
“We know how good she can be. I think she was also frustrated that she has contributed like she wanted, so I think this would be special for her as well.”
Welsh Fire Women head coach Gareth Breese said:
“Obviously the campaign has not gone as well as we hoped it would. Looking at today, the pitch was a bit inconsistent and we were probably about 20-25 runs short. It was a pitch where it was quite difficult for a batter to get started.
“Villani was brilliant today and we probably dropped a couple of chances, but I think the Trent Rockets, in the way they built partnerships and how they executed with the ball, they were just a little bit better than we were.
“It has been a tough tournament for us but there were moments were games definitely could have gone either way, but we weren’t able to capitalise on that.
“If you look around, big players have stood up at big moments for other franchises and unfortunately we haven’t been able put together as many performances like that as we would have liked.”
Men's Hundred 2022 - Top Tournament Stats
Top Batter (Runs Scored)
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The Trent Rockets guaranteed themselves a qualification spot after a comfortable thirty-run win against the Welsh Fire at Trent Bridge.
Batting first, the home side made 172 thanks to a solid 89-run partnership between Alex Hales (38 from 29 balls) and Dawid Malan (58 from 37 balls) as well as cameos from Daniel Sams (31 from 14 balls) and Colin Munro (22 from 11 balls).
The total was too much for the Welsh Fire, as the Rocket’s spinners Tabraiz Shamsi (two for 12) and Samit Patel (two for 23) spun them out of the game and ensured they would go the whole season without a win.
Put into bat, the Rockets made a bright start, with the in-form Malan striking two boundaries to start the innings. The tournament’s leading run-scorer has made batting look easy and Malan continued to impress, striking 26 from his first 12 balls to leave the Rockets on 42 for 0 after the powerplay.
The opening partnership continued to find the boundary and took the Rockets to 78 for 0 at halfway. David Payne would eventually get the breakthrough from the 58th ball as Hales found the offside boundary sweeper to go for 38. The Nottinghamshire opener has scored over 250 runs in the group stages and put his name back into the conversation for an England call-up.
Someone who is certain to be flying to Australia for the T20 World Cup is Malan, whose 58 took his group stage tally to 358 runs. He eventually fell from the 79th ball, holing out off the bowling of Matt Critchley.
The innings wasn’t allowed to stutter at the end thanks to an entertaining cameo from the promoted Sams. The Australian clubbed two huge sixes off his second and third deliveries and didn’t look back, striking at 221. His innings and that of Munro took the Rockets up to 172 for four.
The Welsh Fire would need to get their highest total of the tournament and with only Ben Duckett reaching the three-figure mark for tournament runs prior to the game, the odds seemed low on a Fire victory.
One underperforming star is Tom Banton who has produced a solitary score of note this season. The former England opener started well, crashing back-to-back fours before Cook got him LBW to end a poor campaign.
Clarke and Duckett would take the Fire to the powerplay on 33 for one but the introduction of spin, one of the Rocket’s strongest weapons this year, brought a wicket. Samit Patel did Clarke in the flight to have him stumped bringing wild celebrations as Trent Bridge celebrated one of its favourite sons.
Critchley (55 from 35 balls) and Duckett (25 from 21 balls) began rebuilding the innings and had their side in with a chance at 71 for two after 50 balls. The Rocket’s spinners would reply again. Shamsi took the key wicket of Duckett after a good catch from Munro at mid-off. Four balls later, Shamsi dismissed fellow South African David Miller.
Patel would return and pick up another scalp to take his group stage tally to ten at an average of sixteen. With the spinners taking four wickets, the spark was put out of the Fire’s innings and the Rockets could start planning for the eliminators.
Rockets match hero Dawid Malan said: “We got off to a good start and I think we were above par with the bat, although we actually didn’t think it was a great wicket. At one point we spoke about just hanging in there and whoever had the momentum, just go with it. I had it for the first 20-25 balls and then Halesy for his last 15 or so, and we dovetailed really nicely.
“Sometimes batting first on a pitch like that without expectation helps. If you’re batting second, you know you have to score at seven, eight, nine or 10 an over and every dot ball and every single just builds the pressure, whereas batting first you have a bit more time to work things out.
“And it is great to have guys in the team like Alex and Samit (Patel) with local knowledge and they’re willing to share that. There is a lot of experience in that dressing room and it’s a very open dressing room too. It has certainly helped me batting here.
“We just have to wait for one result now. Hopefully we have done enough with our net run rate, because we’d prefer to play only one more game, to go straight through to the final.
“On a personal level, this year has been nice. Last year I didn’t play very well but hung around and got a few scores that way. This year I’m hitting the ball a lot better - touch wood - and hopefully that continues.”
Fire’s top scorer Matt Critchley said: “Rockets are an in-form side and they got off to a bit of a flyer on a pitch that probably got a little bit harder as it went on. We just couldn’t play well enough again, unfortunately.
“Over the season we haven’t been able to get off to a good enough start with bat or ball. The mood has been pretty good in the camp all through but we just haven’t complemented each other as a team.
“Hales and Malan are two of the best players in the world, two bang in-form players as well, and you’ve got Sams and Munro coming in at the end to finish the job. They look a pretty strong side, to be fair.
“We felt it wasn’t a bad wicket and on such a fast-scoring ground as this we felt the total was not out of reach but we just couldn’t get any momentum going and pretty soon we were chasing 10 or 11 an over.
“I managed to get a few away at the end but we needed a few partnerships through the innings.”
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