Deandre Dottin’s Determination Bags Match-winning ‘Fifty’

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London Spirit v Northern Superchargers at Lords on 3rd August

Introducing the match, ‘Superchargers’ were undefeated. Each team had chalked-up three wins, both beating both ‘Invincibles’ and ‘Rockets’ by slim margins. Ebony Rainford Brent mentioned that ‘Spirit’ had given away more ‘fours’ than any other team. Darren Gough added that this was a ‘crunch’ match for ‘London Spirit’ – who’d not won since their opening game. Previously, on Sunday, ‘Spirit’s’ morale hit nadir when they were the first team to be bowled-out by ‘Brave’.

Expectations were high that India’s Jemimah Rodrigues third match ‘fifty’ would take her tally past the 200-run mark. Between Innings, Rodrigues told Charles Dagnall she was ‘still getting good runs.’ At that point, commentators told viewers: ‘It was anyone’s game’ and too close to call

As ‘final over’ drama unfolded, Deandre Dottin launched two ‘fours,’ claiming her match-winning ‘fifty’ with another slim margin – just two balls remaining. Receiving ‘Hero-of-the-match’ cap and medal from Charles Dagnall, Deandre Dottin revealed her ‘never-say-die’ determination (overcame her nerves and) won the day. Commentators added that, ‘Spirit’s’ second win means they’re ‘back in the tournament.’

‘The Hundred’s’ 17th match was broadcast live (commentators were Ebony Rainford Brent, Charles Dagnall, Darren Gough and Nasser Hussain from SKY Sports TV) plus cricket social media (Alan Gardner and Venkat Raghav from ESPN-cric-info social media)

*Batting first, ‘Superchargers’ lost two early wickets (Lauren Winfield-Hill & Laura Wolvaardt) to catches by ‘Spirit’ skipper Heather Knight, at ‘extra cover’

*’Superchargers” top scorer Jemimah Rodrigues (57 runs from 44 balls) made a 3rd consecutive ‘fifty’, her cumulative run-tally topping the 200-mark

*Scores were neck-and-neck for most of the match, ‘Superchargers’ 26/1 at the ‘power-play’ (vs 30/1); and 61/1 at midway (vs 63/2)

*Alice Davidson-Richards (22 from 21) was caught in ‘deep cow corner:’ at which point commentators said humourously that: ‘Nelson takes a wicket’ (111/4)

*’Superchargers’ lost one wicket in each of the final 3 overs. Australian Laura Kimmince launched a ‘six’ at the start of Freya Davies’ death over

*Deandre Dottin did not get to bowl. Commentators thought that ‘Superchargers’ were ‘slightly dissapointed with their score and it was ‘game-on’

*For ‘Spirit’, Tammy Beaumont (42 from 36) was out short of ‘fifty’ – at which point ‘Spirit’ needed 20 runs to win with 13 balls left

*Match reached its climax during the final over, when Deandre Dottin (50* from 34) launched two ‘fours,’ claiming her ‘fifty’ and a vital ‘Spirit’ win

Result: ‘London Spirit -W’ 129/3 beat ‘Northern Superchargers -W’ 126/5, by 7 wickets with two balls remaining

‘Northern Superchargers – Women’ (NS-W) 126-5 (20 ov,1.26 rpb) Jemimah Rodrigues 57 runs (from 44 balls), Alice Davidson-Richards 22 (21); ‘Spirit’ bowling: Sophie Munro 2/20, Deepti Sharma 1/19, Freya Davies 1/24; Fow 1-8, 2-61, 3-107, 4-111, 5-124

‘London Spirit – Women’ (LS-W) 129-3 (20 ov,1.31rbp) Deandre Dottin 50* runs (from 34 balls), Tammy Beaumont 42 (36) Heather Knight 16(14); ‘Superchargers’ bowling: Linsey Smith 2/15, Alice Davidson-Richards 1/34; Fow 1-13, 2-51, 3-107

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