The Hundred Trophy 2023 – match 9 –  Invincibles vs Fire

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Oval Invincibles vs Welsh Fire at The Kia Oval (London, South) at 14h30 on 6 August

Low-scoring thriller, in which ‘Invincibles’ as twice-defending champions seemed headed for a new record lowest-score in front of their sizeable home crowd. Commentators added that England’s Tammy Beaumont had captained ‘Fire’ to victory very well. Separately, ‘Fire’ also beat last year’s finalists only a few days ago; albeit with much higher scores. As POTM Meerkat Match Hero, fast-bowler Shabnim Ismail (Fire) took three wickets, conceding just 12 runs; and was reckoned to be the competition’s fastest female bowler. Introduced for Sky Sports TV by pundits Lydia Greenway, Dominic Cork, Nasser Hussain, (former England players) & Ravi Shastri (former India coach & skipper.) Match highlights courtesy of Sky Sports (please see below.) Weather at The Kia Oval was cloudy with patches of blue sky, but cooler-than-average for August.

OI-W Innings skipper Dane van Niekerk [Sarah Bryce keeping wicket for Fire] *Internationals Marizanne Kapp & Dane van Niekerk (Rep. South Africa) & Suzie Bates (former NZ skipper) with England’s Alice Capsey, & from England ‘A’: Paige Scholfield, Mady Villiers & Eva Gray *Suzie Bates 5(10) was bowled by Shabnim Ismail *Alice Capsey 3(5) was caught by Alex Griffiths ‘diving to her left,’ from Georgia Elwiss *Dane van Niekerk 2 runs( from 6 balls) was bowled by Alex Griffiths, who was said to bowl ‘off the wrong foot.’ *Marizanne Kapp 3(6) was bowled by Georgia Elwiss: by a ball that ’nipped-off the seam’ *Paige Scholfield 5(8) was caught ‘comfortably’ by Sophia Dunkley, from Alex Griffiths (2/15) *Mady Villiers 0(3) was bowled by Shabnim Ismail for a third-ball duck. *Ryana McDonald-Gay 0(1) went ‘leg before,’ to Shabnim Ismail for a golden duck (3/12) *Eva Gray 1(4) who’d survived an earlier ‘hat-trick’ ball, went ‘leg before,’ upon review; looking to ‘reverse sweep’ Claire Nicholas (1/17) *Sophia Smale 7(9) hesitated and was ‘run out’ by Freya Davies receiving at the non-striker’s end, from Alex Griffifths *Best ‘Invincibles’ batter was Lauren Winfield-Hill 42(35) who made top-score, until bowled by Freya Davies; and was the only batter to reach double-figures. *Lizzy Scott was 7*not out(11) *Best ‘Fire’ bowler was Shabnim Ismail 3/12 who took two ‘ducks.’

WF-W Innings skipper Tammy Beaumont [Lauren Winfield-Hill keeping wicket for Invincibles] *Internationals Shabnim Ismail (Rep. South Africa), Hayley Matthews (skipper WIndies), Laura Harris (Australia Women’s Big Bash League), England’s Tammy Beaumont, Sophia Dunkley & Freya Davies; with Scotland’s Sarah Bryce. *Fire lost both openers for ducks. *Tammy Beaumont 0(1) was caught by opposing skipper Dane van Niekerk, for a ‘golden duck’ from Marizanne Kapp. *Hayley Matthews 0(4) was caught by Alice Capsey ‘who made no mistake,’ from Marizanne Kapp. *After 25 balls ‘Power-play, ‘Fire’ were 30/2. *Only two batters made double-figures. *Sophia Dunkley 28(21) who was earlier ‘put-down’ at ‘short-third,’ was caught at ‘long-on’ by Suzie Bates, from Paige Scholfield *Laura Harris 0(1) was caught by Dane van Niekerk ‘going to her right’ for – ‘golden duck’ from Paige Scholfield; a Carbon-copy of her skipper’s dismissal. *By mid-way (50 balls) ‘Fire’ were 48/4. *Georgia Elwiss 33(29) who was earlier ‘put-down’ at ‘short-third,’ went ‘leg-before’ to Marizanne Kapp. *Emily Windsor 0(1) went for a third ‘golden duck,’ from Marizanne Kapp. *Freya Davies  5(6) was ‘brilliantly’ caught ‘in the covers’ low-down, by Paige Scholfield, from Sophia Smale *With five runs needed to win, batters declined stoppage for ‘strategic-time-out.’ *Sarah Bryce, who’d survived Paige Scholfield’s earlier ‘hat-trick’ ball, was 9*not out (10.) *Alex Griffiths 4*not out(7.) *Best ‘Fire’ batter was Georgia Elwiss 33(29.) *Best ‘Invincibles’ bowler was Marizanne Kapp 4/18.

Match Summary Overall, the match was closely contested, thrilling, including three potential ‘hat-tricks.’ Earlier, commentators were concerned that the (twice) defending champions were losing wickets ‘at regular intervals,’ their batters forming ‘no partnerships,’ and were headed for a new record lowest-score (presently 73.) A face-saving partnership between Lauren Winfield-Hill and Lizzie Scott added 25 runs that set a new 10th-wicket record stand for the home side who chalked-up their lowest-ever competition score. Small consolation for ‘Invincibles,’ when facing their first defeat. A ‘disciplined’ performance by Fire’s bowlers created two ‘hat-trick’ opportunities. Having disclosed that she’d gone for ‘straighter lines’ fast-bowler Shabnim Ismail took 3 ‘superb’ wickets and was awarded her POTM Meerkat Match Hero cap and medal by Nasser Hussain. Shabnim Ismail was ‘happy, chuffed and excited’ to win. As mentioned above, commentators added that Tammy Beaumont had captained ‘Fire’ “very well.” Welsh Fire remain top-of-table after 3 rounds: with 2 wins and one ’no result.’

Match result: Welsh Fire Women 81/7 beat Oval Invincibles Women 80/10 by 3 wickets with 20 balls remaining

*Invincibles’ batting 80/10: (98/100 balls @0.9 runs-per-ball, target 82 from 100 balls) Lauren Winfield-Hill 42(35); *Fire’s bowling: Shabnim Ismail 3/12, Georgia Elwiss 2/4, Alex Griffiths 2/15, Freya Davies 1/15, Claire Nicholas 1/17; Fow 1-12, 2-23, 3-28, 4-31, 5-39, 6-39, 7-39, 8-40, 9-55, 10-80.

*Fire’s batting: 81/7 (80/100 balls @1 run-per-ball); Sophia Dunkley 28(21), Georgia Elwiss 33(29); *Invincibles’ bowling: Marizanne Kapp 4/18, Paige Scholfield 2/19, Sophia Smale 1/5; Fow 1-0, 2-5, 3-45, 4-45, 5-69, 6-69, 7-76.

*Scorecard courtesy of BBC Sport @URL: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/scorecard/ECKE1000725

*Match highlights (06m25s) courtesy of Sky Sports @URL https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/cricket/12935048/highlights-welsh-fire-limit-oval-invincibles-to-80-runs-in-victory-over-the-champions