The Oval Invincibles won the Women’s Hundred for the second consecutive year with another victory over Southern Brew at Lord’s. In a repeat of last year’s final, Invincible bowled brilliantly to restrict Braves to 101-7.
South African international Shabnam Ismail and England’s 18-year-old star Alice Keapsey took two wickets each while 17-year-old spinner Sophia Samil also dismissed Sophia Dunkley for 26, the highest score in Bahadur’s formidable batting order. Is.
In front of a record women’s domestic match crowd of 20,840, the Invincibles’ chase became increasingly tense, but Marian Cup gave the Invincibles a five-wicket victory with six balls to spare.
The South African finished on 37 not out while Emily Windsor scored the winning runs to remain unbeaten on 13 before her teammates arrived.
The men’s final between Trent Rockets and Manchester Originals from 18:45 BST has been delayed due to technical issues.
Kapp stood up as the Invincible retreated.
It wasn’t a sensational boundary-smashing match but turned out to be a suitably nervy game as occasion dictated – Lord’s all but complete till the end.
Despite Kempsey’s 25, the defending champions were still 24 runs away from victory when Windsor joined Cape in the middle.
Kip, one of the best all-rounders in the world, played the seasoned pro and talked Windsor through the tension between deliveries. Windsor, who combines her playing career with commentating on BBC radio, didn’t seem fazed at any point.
But despite the calm in between, tensions were palpable elsewhere. Cup’s wife Dan van Niekerk, last year’s invincible captain who was left out of the playing XI for the final, was on his feet in the balcony at Lord’s, clearly struggling with nerves.
Cape, who missed the Commonwealth Games earlier this summer due to a serious illness in her family, was however cool throughout.
That was until she dropped to one knee after her winning moment, the 32-year-old visibly emotional.
Bahadur have the strongest squad in the women’s competition but once again it was the Invincibles who came out on top.
Team performance with the ball
The impregnable bowling performance was a real team effort. Bahadur’s opening pair reached 33-0 before Ismail took a brilliant catch to dismiss Danny White for 15.
Ismail is recognized around the world as one of the fastest bowlers in the women’s game but the next wicket came from teenager Samil – a player he was familiar with just three weeks earlier.
Smale, playing in the Hundred as a late injury replacement in her holidays between years 12 and 13 at college, has been one of the breakout stars of this year’s competition.
The left-arm spinner has made a habit of dismissing big-name batsmen and included India international Smriti Mandhana’s catch and bowled scalp before celebrating with a wave to his grandfather Malcolm in the stands.
England captain Heather Knight said on BBC radio that ‘the reason she got into cricket is her grandfather. “The fact that his grandfather was going to be here was really special to him.”
In making her name in The Hundred, Newport-born Sammel is following in the footsteps of team-mate Kempsey, who starred as a 16-year-old last year.
Now 18 and an England international, Kempsey claimed the crucial wicket of Dunkley, just as her England team-mate had started the cycle, and Georgia Adams two balls later from her leading role with the bat. Added the skull.
Brave then comes short
The Braves were in a similarly tense eliminator on Friday when they qualified for the finals despite a fireworks display for the Trent Rockets.
Their squad is full of international talent but, as they were bowled out for 73 last year, failed to show their best on the biggest occasion.
Kempsey was dropped twice and, crucially, Bahadur also leaked five wides and four byes in a low-scoring match.