Southern Brave (men) & Oval Invincibles (women) win the Hundred title
The much publicised event of ECB, the hundred has finally concluded at Lords with both the men’s and women’s final played on the same day. Oval Invincibles won the title for women beating Southern Brave in a one-sided final. While Southern Brave men’s team won the finals by beating Birmingham Phoenix in a relatively closer contest.
In the women’s final Oval Invincibles put up 121/6 off 100 balls batting first. In reply, Southern Brave could manage only 73 all out. They started poorly losing the first 3 wickets for 2 runs with Danielle Watt and Dunkley getting out cheaply. Southern Brave never recovered from that and lost big with Protean Marrizane Kapp. Taking 4/9 in 18 balls to take the man of the match award. Dane Van Niekerk was the player of the series.
Southern Brave women’s team missed Smriti Mandhana in the final. Smriti along with the other 4 Indian women cricketers in the hundred had to return to India early to prepare for Australia tour next month. Southern Brave (men) & Oval Invincibles (women) win the Hundred title.
In the men’s final Southern Brave batting first put up a challenging 186/5 with the Irish Paul Stirling smashing 61 off 36 balls and later Ross Whiteley hammering 44 off 19 balls !!
In reply Birmingham Phoenix after losing 2 early wickets staged a recovery. Through Moeen Ali (36 off 30) and Liam Livingstone who smashed 46 off 19 balls. The latter looked likely to carry the team through but his runout turned the tables. Brave crossed the line winning by 32 runs as Phoenix ended at 136/5.
Liam Livingstone with 348 runs at 58 average and a staggering 178 strike rate was the most valuable player in the men’s hundred.
This tournament was an excellent one enjoyed by full capacity crowds who embrace this format with both hands. It remains to be seen whether the rest of the cricket world embrace this as another new format in the game.
Five Indian women players were a part of this event. Jemimah Rodrigues was the best performer of all. And also the highest run-getter in the hundred amongst batsmen with 249 runs. Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma came up with some fine performances with bat and ball respectively. Harmanpreet missed much of the event due to injury niggles after starting off well. Shafali Verma contrary to high expectations had a subdued event for her team.
Another big statistical brilliance for the Indian players was that the top three individual scores in this event, 92*, 78, 76* was record by Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma respectively.