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The Men's and Women's Hundred 2022 - Southern Brave v London Spirit – Results, Match Reports and Reactions

Southern Brave's Danni Wyatt
Southern Brave's Danni Wyatt
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Here are the Results, Match Report and Reactions for the the Men's and Women's Hundred 2022 - Southern Brave v London Spirit.

 

Women's Hundred 2022 - Southern Brave v London Spirit

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Beth Mooney’s record-breaking innings proved in vain as Danni Wyatt’s brutal knock gave last year’s runners-up Southern Brave an impressive six-wicket win against London Spirit.

Australia star Mooney had bludgeoned an unbeaten 97 from 55 balls on her Spirit debut to post the highest individual score in the Women’s Hundred.

But Wyatt belted 65 from just 34 balls as the Brave reached a challenging target of 156 with six balls to spare at the Ageas Bowl.

Wyatt’s England teammate Sophia Dunkley guided her side home following Wyatt’s run-out with a classy unbeaten 34.

Opener Wyatt had kept Brave in the game with a series of eye-catching early shots as her side reached 42 for no wicket by the end of the 25-ball powerplay.

India international opener Smriti Mandhana, dropped on five, gradually grew in confidence, belting a towering six off New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr.

But she was caught soon after when trying to repeat the shot off the impressive Dani Gibson.

Wyatt continued to attack, reaching her third career fifty in The Hundred with a massive maximum off Kerr.

The 31-year-old smashed new Spirit captain Charlie Dean for three consecutive fours as the Brave moved ahead of the rate at the half-way stage.

Wyatt’s run out, followed by the dismissal of Maia Bouchier two balls later, looked like it could be a turning point.

But Dunkley took over where Wyatt left off and Freya Kemp won the game with her second six.

Earlier, Mooney dominated an opening stand of 36 with Grace Scrivens, who was bowled for one by Georgia Adams.

The loss of her opening partner did not seem to affect the Commonwealth Games gold medallist, who continued to play aggressively alongside new batter Kerr.

Kerr, dropped by Bouchier on 13, played the perfect supporting role with a fluent 37 as the Spirit put the home side under severe pressure.

Mooney reached fifty from 32 balls shortly after Brave captain Shrubsole called a time-out in an attempt to slow the Spirit’s momentum.

She continued to put the bowlers to the sword, hitting Amanda-Jane Wellington for consecutive boundaries.

But Wellington, Brave’s leading wicket-taker in last year’s Hundred, recovered well later in the set as she got Kerr caught behind following a review.

It soon got even better for Brave.

The dangerous Gibson was out the very next ball after she could only loop up a return catch to Wellington. 

Even two wickets in two balls did not stop Mooney, who passed Jemimah Rodrigues’s previous record score of 92 not out with an edge for four past wicketkeeper Carla Rudd.

Though the Australia international fell three short of her century after only managing two from the final ball, her scintillating innings helped the Spirit to a seemingly imposing total.

But Wyatt and the Brave had other ideas......

Reactions

Danni Wyatt says Southern Brave are embracing the pressure that comes with the Hundred favourites tag after opening their campaign with victory over London Spirit.

Opening batter Wyatt led from the front to smash 65 off 34 balls as Brave chased down 156 with six balls to spare.

Brave were rampant in last year’s group stage, but suffered final day nerves to lose to Oval Invincibles at Lord’s – their only defeat in the Hundred.

“We spoke about last year the other day, that people are going to be after us after that strong start,” Wyatt said. “People have said we have the strongest team on paper again this year. People are going to be after us so it was important we started with a bang. That was a big statement from us.

“I only met up yesterday but it felt back to normal. It doesn’t feel like a year since we last played. It is great to be back with this bunch of legends. Hopefully this is the start to a successful campaign.

“There is pressure with that but it is nice to be in that position. We have got some great players throughout our squad.”

Wyatt suffered a fluffed start to her stunning innings, which eventually included 12 fours and a pair of sixes.

She said: “I was none off four balls and in the Hundred if you face a few dots you think ‘ooo I need to get off strike and get a few runs’ but luckily I hit that six off Freya Davies to get me going. If it was in my area I was going to strike it and hit the gaps and my areas.

“It is just about assessing conditions. You are facing new bowlers in every game so it is about preparing well and reacting to the ball on the day.”

Brave’s head coach Charlotte Edwards has been linked with the vacant England Women’s head coach role, after Lisa Keightley announced she wouldn’t extend her contract at the end of the summer.

Wyatt has played under Edwards captaincy with England as a youngster and been coached by her with the Southern Vipers, as well as the Brave.

“We are very lucky to have her here at the Vipers and the Brave,” Wyatt admitted. “She is a fantastic coach and she brings out the best in all the players. She knows what we all need individually, knows what we need to do in training and everyone’s game inside and out.

“If she wants to do it, I’m sure she will be a good coach for England. We saw what a great leader she was when she was captain for England.

“She really cares about every player, she knows what works for the individual and she is so passionate – which is so contagious. She wants us to win and get the best out of everyone.”

Australian Beth Mooney’s 97 was uber close to being the first female to three figures in the competition.

But opening partner Grace Scrivens admitted the runs in the final balls were important wherever they came from. She said: “We wanted her to get to three figures but then Luffy came out and hit a lovely four over extra cover so we didn’t mind as much!

“There were plenty to take away. We batted brilliantly and if that goes through the tournament we will have a lot of chances in a lot of games.”

By Jamie Green, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter, Ageas Bowl

Men's Hundred 2022 - Southern Brave v London Spirit

London Spirit 147/6 beat Southern Brave by nine runs

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London Spirit’s Hampshire Hawks bowling attack used their Ageas Bowl insider knowledge to end Southern Brave’s home domination.

Daniel Bell-Drummond had clocked 46 to help Spirit to 147 before Liam Dawson, Brad Wheal, Nathan Ellis and Brad Wheal produced the type of defence that won the Hawks the Vitality Blast earlier this summer.

Dawson, Wheal and Crane all picked up a wicket-a-piece, along with non-Hawk Jordan Thompson’s two for 32, as Ross Whiteley’s 52 wasn’t enough as Brave fell nine runs short.

Spirit are three from three in the tournament, having taken home the wooden spoon last year, while holders Brave lost their 100 per cent record at the Ageas Bowl.

The intrigued for the Brave chase was how James Vince would go against his Hawks bowling attack. That remained unanswered as another former Hampshire teammate Glenn Maxwell bowled him first ball – the unlucky 13th golden duck of his T20/Hundred career.

Brave’s start got catastrophically worse when Quinton de Kock and Alex Davies met in the middle of the pitch with the stumps broken for a clumsy run out to leave the hosts 4 for 2.

Davies got the scoreboard moving upwards with a four-six combo off Dawson, with Marcus Stoinis striking through the covers and straight before running past spinner Dawson to be stumped.

Davies departed for 36 when Crane tempted him to slog to long on, while Wheal got Tim David skewing to extra cover.

Whiteley, another Hampshire player, had quietly biffed his way to a 32-ball 50, brought up with a perfectly timed clip to the leg side but was bowled by Thompson's next ball.

Brave needed 27 runs off the last 10-ball end. But despite James Fuller pulling that down to 12 off three, Thompson had him slicing to deep point as Spirit’s 12-month turnaround continued.

Earlier, Spirit chose to bat and were indebted to Maxwell, Bell-Drummond and Kieron Pollard’s contributions to get them up to 147, eight runs shy of their female teammates’ losing total earlier in the day.

Maxwell, who survived being bowled caught behind with his review, and Bell-Drummond were joined at the crease after Adam Rossington had lifted Michael Hogan to mid-off and Zak Crawley swung to deep square leg to leave Spirit 29 for 2.

The duo’s 39 together got rolling with a pair of Maxwell fours, the first an effortless drive through the covers before opening up the offside again two balls later. He then used his upper body strength to dispatch Jacob Lintott over deep midwicket.

The Australian pumped three more boundaries before mullering straight at mid-off, with Eoin Morgan run out backing up at the non-striker’s end.

Bell-Drummond, now in a 53-run partnership with Pollard, had struggled to get going with 18 off 21 balls, and been dropped twice, albeit both very difficult chances.

The sluggish start crescendoed with five fours and a towering six over long-on before he fell for 46 off 33 balls when he was run out. In the last 13 deliveries, Jordan Thompson was yorked by Hogan with 24 runs coming.

London Spirit batter Daniel Bell-Drummond:

“It’s a really good day for us, continuing our winning streak. It’s great to beat a team like this at their home ground.

It’s my first game for the Spirit. I’ve been made to feel really welcome by the team and I was really glad to provide a contribution and help us post a competitive total.

I think I just got used to the wicket. It was quite tough to start on that pitch, a lot of people found that. But I backed myself and stuck to my strengths.

We had Hampshire’s Blast-winning bowling attack which was very helpful for us. They obviously know the ground really well.

Everyone chipped in, which is the sign of a good team.

We’re just taking it game by game.  We’ve had a few changes, so it’s about making sure everyone in the squad is ready to perform and fingers crossed we can keep going the way we are”

Southern Brave batter Ross Whiteley

“It’s obviously disappointing. We had a pretty tough start with the bat, so rebuilding from there was always going to be tricky.  

We just lost wickets at the wrong times, which didn’t give us that big partnership we were after.

It was tricky for all the batsman to get going. You’ve got to invest a bit more time. There are a lot of Hampshire bowlers in their line-up who know how to bowl on this pitch.

We’re in a similar position to last year, having lost two and won one, so we’ve got nothing to worry about. Last year we showed what happens when you get a bit of momentum going and we’ll go again on Sunday at The Oval.

 

Daniel Bell-Drummond was full of praise for his London Spirit team-mates after top-scoring on debut in his side’s nine-run win over defending champions Southern Brave.

The table-topping Lord’s side have now won their first three matches under England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan and coach Trevor Bayliss, having tasted victory only once last season.

Bell-Drummond has had a similar upturn in fortunes. The Kent star struggled at the Birmingham Phoenix last year, posting a high score of 12 in his three innings for the beaten finalists.

But he started strongly this time around after being left out of the Spirit’s first two matches, smashing an impressive 46 from 33 balls on a pitch which seemed to get trickier as the day progressed.

“It’s brilliant playing under Eoin Morgan.” The 29-year-old said.

“He’s one of the greatest captains ever. I could tell from the first speech that him and Trevor Bayliss did. All it took was 20 minutes to fill me with confidence. They’re a brilliant captain and coach for a reason.”

Morgan has stood out for his tactic of asking bowlers to deliver 10 consecutive balls, with spinners Liam Dawson and Mason Crane bowling longer spells to good effect against the Brave.

Bell Drummond commented: “As a batter, if a guy’s bowled five good balls you want to get out of the over and target the next bowler. It can be tough for the bowlers but it really pushes the game along when the spinner sends down 10 in a row.”

Bell Drummond acknowledged that having four Hampshire bowlers playing on their home ground was a major boost for the Spirit, as the Brave suffered their first ever home defeat in The Hundred.

“We basically had Hampshire’s Blast-winning bowling attack which was very helpful for us,” he said. “They obviously know the ground really well and they are class bowlers.”

Southern Brave batter Ross Whiteley, who defied his Hampshire team-mates with an explosive 52, refused to panic despite a second consecutive defeat putting his side’s title defence under serious threat.

“It’s obviously disappointing. We just lost wickets at the wrong times, which didn’t give us that big partnership we were after,” Whiteley said.

“We’re in a similar position to last year, having lost two and won one, so there’s no need to worry. We showed 12 months ago what happens when you get a bit of momentum going and we’ll go again on Sunday at The Oval against The Invincibles.”



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