Southern Brave 136 for 5 (Mandhana 43, Wyatt 31) batting Manchester Originals 127 for 8 (Lamb 57, Wellington 3-27) with nine runs
Modig remain top of the table with three wins from three, while Originals face an uphill task to qualify with just one win from three.
Mandhana was the most important sorcerer. She set the tone by pulling the second ball of the innings to the boundary before tucking in New Zealander Lea Tahuhu. She started by clearing the LED boards with a straight six before guiding to third, flicked over cover and drew four consecutive boundaries.
She also took Ecclestone on, took her for four over mid-off, six high over wide long on before leaping down the wicket and sliding the ball over the covers.
Needing to haul in Mandhana, Kate Cross pulled herself back to hit the ball short and find herself picking out deep square leg.
It began a period of Originals dominance, which saw three wickets fall in 21 balls, with just 17 runs coming. Wyatt was next to depart after entertaining with 31 from 24 balls when Ecclestone bowled her.
Like her team, Ecclestone started dearly with 23 runs off her first 11 deliveries, but bounced back: her second nine balls went for just nine runs. She would also dismiss Sophia Dunkley, taken at length.
Hannah Jones was also key to the squeeze, pinning Tahlia McGrath leg before, while finishing 1 for 18.
Dunkley, who survived a run out and a drop, and Maia Bouchier took over to put on 33, before Freya Kemp dropped her customary sixes to accelerate the end of the innings with 21 off the last 12 balls.
The powerplay was also profitable for the Originals, with 40 coming to the Braves’ 42. Lee put Georgia Adams away through square before hitting a six, and went on to chip Anya Shrubsole over midwicket. She perished after a 16-ball 25 when a leading edge from leggie Wellington fell at mid-off into Mandhana’s hands.
Wellington got another scalp when Dottin hit one back at her, but run-rate. Lamb’s approach was low risk, low stress, took singles, put away a couple of poor Kemp deliveries but pumped Wellington down the ground for six in a rare moment of aggression.
Ami Campbell was caught at extra cover, Ecclestone drove Wellington to mid-wicket, Tahuhu was run out and Lamb drilled to cover – having reached a half-century off 39 balls – as the tracks dried up and the wheels began to fall off.
Nineteen were needed from the last 10-ball over, but with Cross mishit to mid-off and Cordelia Griffith run out at the non-striker’s end, they ended up nine runs short.