Wyatt’s work with bat and ball helps Southern Brave beat Oval Invincibles | The Hundred

Georgia Adams, Danni Wyatt and Amanda-Jade Wellington led the Southern Brave to a 12-run victory over reigning champions Oval Invincibles in a repeat of last year’s Hundred final.

Adams had won the competition with the Invincibles last year, but on Sunday donned the green of the Brave to secure some revenge for the away side at the Kia Oval. Adams took two for 16, and was supported by Wyatt (two for 16) and Wellington (one for 33) as the Invincibles were restricted to 141 for seven. Another spinner, Sophia Dunkley, also chipped in with a wicket as the hosts fell shy of the Braves’ 153.

Mandhana and opening partner Wyatt made it look very easy in the south London afternoon sun, scoring a series of spectacular boundaries en route to 41 from the powerplay.

However, a shift in momentum came when impressive young Welsh spinner Sophia Smale entered the fray and left Wyatt stumped for 14 in her second set as the opening stand ended on 63. Mandhana departed soon after – this time running away with the bowling of Mady Villiers – and with that came a shift in favor of the Invincibles.

A late surge from Adams (18) and Freya Kemp (24) lifted the Braves’ scoring, before both were run out thanks to sharp fielding from the Invincibles. There was a third run out on the last ball.

Adams haunted her former teammates when she returned to the Oval, claiming the key weights of dangerous Lauren Winfield-Hill (25) and Kapp (19).

Ryana Macdonald-Gay hit two huge sixes en route to an eye-catching 19, but it proved too little too late for the home side.

Adam Rossington smashed the Hundred’s fastest fifty off 15 balls as London Spirit pulverised a 144-run target against Northern Superchargers at Headingley, maintaining their 100% record with a fourth win.

The Spirit’s seven-wicket success with 18 balls remaining meant they already had one foot in the knockout stages at the halfway mark in their campaign after the leg-spinner Mason Crane impressed with two for 23 to restrict the Superchargers to 143 for five.

Spin and pace off did the trick for the Spirit on a used surface, before Rossington looked like he was batting on a different pitch. He hit nine of his first 15 balls to or over the boundary, finishing with 66 off 25.

The home captain, Faf du Plessis, top-scored with 56 off 35 after electing to bat, and the Superchargers have now lost their past three games following an opening-round win. Aside from Adam Hose’s late 30 off 14, Du Plessis was the only Supercharger who looked comfortable as he hit two sixes over long-on and deep midwicket. 

But the home crowd’s mood was lifted in the final 20 balls with Hose’s heroics. After the former Supercharger and current Yorkshire all-rounder Jordan Thompson bowled Du Plessis with a slower-ball full-toss, Hose crashed his first three balls for two fours and six over long-leg. 

But it was nothing compared to Rossington’s early assault. Off the bowling of Willey and Roelof van der Merwe inside the first 10 balls of the chase, he crashed three fours and three sixes in seven deliveries, taking the score to 34 without loss. His three sixes came in as many balls off Van der Merwe’s left-arm spin, clobbered over long-on and straight.

The overseas duo Wahab Riaz and Dwayne Bravo were both hoisted over square-leg and midwicket by Rossington, while Craig Miles was dragged over long-on to secure his fifty with a fifth six, eclipsing Supercharger Lyth’s 17-ball effort against Oval Invincibles last week.

Adil Rashid bowled Daniel Bell-Drummond, but even at that early stage in the chase, the points had all-but been secured.

When Rossington picked out deep midwicket off Van der Merwe, trying to hit his eighth six, the Spirit were 113 for two after 52. Glenn Maxwell hit a typically high-octane unbeaten 43 off 25. PA Media

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Adam Rossington smashed the Hundred’s fastest fifty in 15 balls as London Spirit pulverized a target of 144 runs against Northern Superchargers at Headingley, maintaining their 100% record with a fourth win.

Spirit’s seven-wicket success with 18 balls remaining meant they already had a foot in the knockout stages at the halfway mark of the campaign after leg-spinner Mason Crane impressed with two for 23 to restrict the Superchargers to 143 for five.

Spin and pace did the trick for the Spirit on a used surface, before Rossington looked like he was hitting a different pitch. He hit nine of his first 15 balls to or over the boundary, finishing with 66 off 25.

The home captain, Faf du Plessis, top-scored with 56 off 35 after electing to bat, and the Superchargers have now lost their last three matches after a win in the opening round. Apart from Adam Hose’s late 30 off 14, Du Plessis was the only Supercharger who looked comfortable as he hit two sixes over long and deep midwicket.

But the home crowd’s spirits were lifted in the final 20 balls by Hose’s heroics. After former Supercharger and current Yorkshire all-rounder Jordan Thompson bowled Du Plessis with a slower delivery, Hose crashed his first three balls for two fours and a six over long leg.

But that was nothing compared to Rossington’s early onslaught. Off the bowling of Willey and Roelof van der Merwe inside the first 10 balls of the chase, he crashed three fours and three sixes in seven deliveries, taking his score to 34 without loss. His three sixes came in as many balls off Van der Merwe’s left-arm spin, and cleaved over long and straight.

Foreign duo Wahab Riaz and Dwayne Bravo were both hoisted over square-leg and midwicket by Rossington, while Craig Miles was pulled over long-on to secure his fifty with a fifth six, eclipsing Supercharger Lyth’s 17-ball effort against the Oval Invincibles last week.

Adil Rashid bowled Daniel Bell-Drummond, but even at the early stage of the chase the points were all but assured.

When Rossington picked a deep midwicket off Van der Merwe, trying to hit his eighth six, the Spirit were 113 for two after 52. Glenn Maxwell hit a typically high-octane unbeaten 43 off 25. PA Media

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Northern Superchargers claimed their first win in this year’s Women’s Hundred when they beat London Spirit by five runs at Headingley. The Spirit’s chase of 127 for four was derailed when they lost two wickets in as many balls as star opener Beth Mooney was run out before Danielle Gibson caught Alice Davidson-Richards to good leg.

The Superchargers continued to take wickets at key times to leave the Spirit needing 13 from the last five and despite an excellent effort from Sophie Luff, the visitors fell short.

Earlier, Bess Heath had hit an outstanding 57 off 34 deliveries with 10 boundaries, digging her side out of trouble to post a target of 128. Heath came to the crease after both the Superchargers’ impressive openers had fallen early.

After a period of stagnation where runs and boundaries dried up, Heath made a move, smashing Amelia Kerr for three consecutive boundaries. She followed up by clubbing Megan Schutt for 11 runs from her set of five, bringing up the 50-run partnership between her and Laura Wolvaardt, of which she had scored 41.

Heath hit a flowing delivery from Charlie Dean over the long-on boundary for a six after passing 50, but her innings eventually came to an end after she mistimed a half-tracker from Grace Scrivens straight into the hands of Natasha Wraith at fine leg, leaving the track . to a fitting applause from the crowd.

Mooney hit three fours in the first 10 balls and, after advancing to 30 off 20, a wonderful bit of work from Healy behind the stumps brought her innings to a premature end.

Gibson followed her back to the dugout the very next ball and the baton was passed to Kerr, who looked set to lead her side to victory until she fell for 16 after failing to clear the long-on fielder.

Despite a fine innings from Luff, who hit an unbeaten 39 from 30 balls including a massive six, Spirit’s hopes ended with the penultimate delivery when Dean was caught at cover by Davidson-Richards.

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