Sophia Dunkley Strikes A Second Winning ‘Fifty’

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Southern Brave Women v Oval Invincibles, at Southampton (Ageas Bowl) on 16 August

Receiving her second ‘match hero’ cap-and-medal for scoring 58* not out, commentators congratulated Sophia Dunkley whose ‘good summer’ continues. Dunkley said it wasn’t her ‘prettiest of innings’ but it helped toward a defendable score. Dunkley hit 7 ‘fours’ and one ‘six:’ counter-balancing her opponents who collectively hit 8 ‘fours’ and one ‘six.’ Sophia Dunkley chalked-up exactly half of ‘Brave’s’ score. Dunkley added that her team ‘may face ‘Invincibles’ in the final.’ Separately, ‘playing for England’ remains her ‘goal for the next decade’

The Hundred’s’ 30th match was broadcast live (commentators included Charles Dagnall, Daren Sammy, with guest Eoin Morgan from SKY Sports TV; also cricket social media (Sashank Kishore and P Ranjith for EPSN-cric-info.) Potentially if ‘Invincibles’ won Friday’s eliminator, it was a ‘dress-rehearsal’ for Saturday’s final

Before the match, both teams were sitting in 1st & 2nd place. ‘Invincibles’ were back to full strength.

For ‘Brave,’ newbie Gaby Lewis replaced two-time match-hero Smriti Mandhana, who’d returned to India

* ‘Brave’ made their lowest power-play score against ‘Invincibles’’ pace attack (Tash Farrant, Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail) at 19/1 (vs 24/1). Tash Farrant collected her 13th tournament wicket, dismissing newbie Gaby Lewis (9) who was caught by Grace Gibbs

*By mid-way, ‘Brave’ had lost Danni Wyatt chipping to Jo Gardner and were 10-15 runs below par on 39/2 (compared to ‘Invincibles’ who were 48/2 – needing 67 runs from 50 balls) After 75 balls, scores were level-pegging (72/2 vs 73/4)

*During the second-half, the first pair of ‘Brave’s’ top-scoring batters (Danni Wyatt and Sophia Dunkley) should have been dismissed by easy catches that were dropped from infuriated skipper Dane van Niekerk’s bowling

*’Brave’s’ 100 came in 93 balls, with Sophia Dunkley’s bagging her second tournament ‘fifty’ two balls later, with a ‘six.’ Sophia Dunkley closed undefeated on 58*

*As mentioned above, Invincibles were ahead at the power-play (24/1), but threw away their wickets while chasing a relatively low score. The home crowd became more animated, realizing a ‘Brave’ win was on the cards. Only two players made double figures: South Africans Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk

*South Australia’s Amanda-Jade Wellington took 4 wickets; the first when Fran Wilson was stumped;

*Second wicket dismissed Marizanne Kapp (26) who was caught by newbie Gaby Lewis.

*Third wicket dismissed skipper Dane van Niekerk (31) who was caught by ‘match hero’ Sophia Dunkley

*Three balls later, Amanda-Jade Wellington took her fourth wicket (4/12) when Jo Gardner was stranded and stumped – at which point only one run came from the over, with Sarah Bryce yet to score

*Lauren Bell (3/22) returned to take two wickets with two balls. First ball dismissed Sarah Bryce for a second ball duck and Tash Farrant went for a golden duck.

*Skipper Anya Shrubsole returned to snatch the final wicket

Result: ‘Southern Brave -W’ 115-3 beat ‘Oval Invincibles – W’ 85 all out, by 30 runs and with 6 balls remaining

‘Southern Brave -W’ (SB-W) 115/3 (20 ov, 1.14 run-per-ball) Sophia Dunkley 58* (39) Stafanie Taylor 23 (26) Danni Wyatt 20 (20); ‘Invincibles’ bowling: Tash Farrant 2/22;, Alice Capsey 1/9; Fow: 1-18, 2-38, 3-113

‘Oval Invincibles – W’ (OI-W) 85/10 (94/100 balls, 0.9rpb) Dane van Niekerk 31runs (from 32 balls) Marizanne Kapp 26(24); ‘Brave’ bowling: Amanda-Jade Wellington 4/12, Lauren Bell (3/22), Tara Norris 10/1, Anya Shrubsole 12/1, Fi Morris 14-1; Fow: 1-21, 2-24, 3-64, 4-66, 5-79, 6-79, 7-80, 8-80, 9-80, 10-85

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