‘The Hundred’: Trent Rockets Women v Southern Brave Women – at Trent Bridge on 24 July
ESPN Cricket commentator Mike Gardner was quick to blame a batting reshuffle that ‘buried any chance of (Rockets) winning the game.’ Expectations for an exciting finish were dashed once ‘Brave’s’ pace bowlers Anya Shrubsole and Lauren Bell picked-up where they’d left-off. As three ‘Rockets’ wickets fell during the final over, they finished more than twenty runs short of their target
*Earlier, ‘Rockets’ lost both openers during the powerplay, with less than ten runs on the board: Anya Shrubsole taking Rachel Priest’s wicket and Lauren Bell taking Sammy-Jo Johnson’s wicket (see below)
*Wrapping-up ‘Rockets’’ middle order, ‘Brave’s’ skipper Anya Shrubsole snatched three wickets (with two catches) from the last five balls
* ‘Hero of the match’ Stafanie Taylor (West Indies captain) later told reporters that ‘Brave’ reached a ‘decent enough’ total and (thought they) ‘did pretty well’ to defend that total.
*Both teams lost early wickets during the powerplay: Brave lost Smriti Mandhana (0) for a second-ball duck and Sophia Dunkley (6) was run out by Sarah Glenn from ‘Mid-off,‘ throwing to Kathryn Bryce receiving at the non-striker’s end. When Dani Wyatt (7) was caught five balls later, Brave were looking shaky on 14/3
* ‘Rockets’ also lost early wickets during the powerplay, as former NZ keeper Rachel Priest was well caught by Smriti Mandhana on the edge of the ‘power-play’ ring. Also, Australia’s Sammy-Jo Johnson was caught at mid-wicket by Stafanie Taylor. By comparison, both teams scored their first 50 runs from 43-49 balls and 100 runs in 83-90 balls
* Biggest difference was that Brave (Stafanie Taylor 45* and Anya Shrubsole 40*) made a fifty-run partnership that added 76 runs from 45 balls; at a much faster scoring rate than their opponents.
*Three of Braves bowlers (Anya Shrubsole, Stafanie Taylor and Amanda-Jade Wellington) conceded fewest runs. All three bowled double-figure ‘dot’ balls (i.e.: more than ten non-scoring ‘dots’ each). By comparison, none of ‘Rockets’ bowlers made double-figure ‘dot’ balls.
*Post-script: Following earlier players’ bonuses controversy, this was the first match of ’the Hundred’ in which Australian women had played (Sammy-Jo Johnson; and Amanda-Jade Wellington from South Australia)
Result: Southern Brave (Women) 133/5 (20 ov.) beat Trent Rockets (Women) 110/7 by 23 runs
Southern Brave (SB-W) 133/5 (1.33 runs-per-ball)
Stafanie Taylor 45* from 31, Anya Shrubsole 40* from 30, Maia Bouchier 18; Rockets bowling: Natalie Sciver 2/33, Sammy-Jo Johnson 1/13, Sarah Glenn 1/32; Fow: 1-1, 2-8, 3-14, 4-49, 5-57
Trent Rockets (TR-W) 110/7 (1.10 rpb)
Natalie Sciver 44 from 29, Katherine Brunt 22 from 29; Brave bowling: Anya Shrubsole 4/13, Lauren Bell 2/23, Stafanie Taylor 1/26; Fow: 1-4, 2-9, 3-75, 4-76, 5-109, 6-110, 7-110
Scorecard at: https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/the-hundred-women-s-competition-2021-1252659/trent-rockets-women-vs-southern-brave-women-3rd-match-1252702/full-scorecard