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.
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.