Wyatt’s work with bat and ball helps Southern Brave to beat Oval Invincibles | The Hundred

Georgia Adams, Danni Wyatt and Amanda-Jade Wellington led Southern Brave to a 12-run victory over reigning champions Oval Invincibles in a repeat of last year’s Hundred final.

Adams had won the competition with Invincibles last year, but on Sunday donned the green of Brave to secure a measure of revenge for the away side at the Kia Oval. Taking two for 16, Adams was supported by Wyatt (two for 16) and Wellington (one for 33) as Invincibles were restricted to 141 for seven. Another spinner, Sophia Dunkley, also chipped in with a wicket as the hosts fell shy of Brave’s 153.

Mandhana and opening partner Wyatt made it look very easy in the afternoon sunshine in south London, scoring a series of spectacular boundaries on their way to 41 from the powerplay.

A shift in momentum came though when impressive young Welsh spinner Sophia Smale entered the fray and had Wyatt stumped for 14 in her second set as the opening stand was ended at 63. Mandhana departed shortly after – this time stumped off the bowling of Mady Villiers – and with that came a gear change in favour of Invincibles.

A late flourish from Adams (18) and Freya Kemp (24) lifted Brave’s score, before both were run out thanks to sharp fielding from Invincibles. There was a third run-out on the final ball.

Adams haunted her former teammates on her return to the Oval, claiming the key wickets of the dangerous Lauren Winfield-Hill (25) and Kapp (19).

Ryana Macdonald-Gay hit two huge sixes on her way to an eye-catching 19, but it proved too little too late for the home side.

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Adam Rossington smashed the Hundred’s fastest fifty off 15 balls as London Spirit pulverised a 144-run target against Northern Superchargers at Headingley, maintaining their 100% record with a fourth win.

The Spirit’s seven-wicket success with 18 balls remaining meant they already had one foot in the knockout stages at the halfway mark in their campaign after the leg-spinner Mason Crane impressed with two for 23 to restrict the Superchargers to 143 for five.

Spin and pace off did the trick for the Spirit on a used surface, before Rossington looked like he was batting on a different pitch. He hit nine of his first 15 balls to or over the boundary, finishing with 66 off 25.

The home captain, Faf du Plessis, top-scored with 56 off 35 after electing to bat, and the Superchargers have now lost their past three games following an opening-round win. Aside from Adam Hose’s late 30 off 14, Du Plessis was the only Supercharger who looked comfortable as he hit two sixes over long-on and deep midwicket. 

But the home crowd’s mood was lifted in the final 20 balls with Hose’s heroics. After the former Supercharger and current Yorkshire all-rounder Jordan Thompson bowled Du Plessis with a slower-ball full-toss, Hose crashed his first three balls for two fours and six over long-leg. 

But it was nothing compared to Rossington’s early assault. Off the bowling of Willey and Roelof van der Merwe inside the first 10 balls of the chase, he crashed three fours and three sixes in seven deliveries, taking the score to 34 without loss. His three sixes came in as many balls off Van der Merwe’s left-arm spin, clobbered over long-on and straight.

The overseas duo Wahab Riaz and Dwayne Bravo were both hoisted over square-leg and midwicket by Rossington, while Craig Miles was dragged over long-on to secure his fifty with a fifth six, eclipsing Supercharger Lyth’s 17-ball effort against Oval Invincibles last week.

Adil Rashid bowled Daniel Bell-Drummond, but even at that early stage in the chase, the points had all-but been secured.

When Rossington picked out deep midwicket off Van der Merwe, trying to hit his eighth six, the Spirit were 113 for two after 52. Glenn Maxwell hit a typically high-octane unbeaten 43 off 25. PA Media

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Northern Superchargers claimed their first victory of this year’s Women’s Hundred as they edged out London Spirit by five runs at Headingley. Spirit’s pursuit of 127 for four was derailed when they lost two wickets in as many balls as star opener Beth Mooney was run out before Danielle Gibson top-edged Alice Davidson-Richards to fine leg.

The Superchargers continued to take wickets at key times to leave Spirit needing 13 off the final five and despite an excellent effort from Sophie Luff the visitors fell short.

Earlier, Bess Heath had hit a superb 57 off 34 deliveries featuring 10 boundaries, digging her side out of trouble to set a target of 128. Heath came to the crease after both Superchargers’ imposing openers had fallen early.

After a period of stagnation where runs and boundaries dried up, Heath made her move, smashing Amelia Kerr for three consecutive boundaries. She followed up by clubbing Megan Schutt for 11 runs off her set of five, bringing up the 50 partnership between herself and Laura Wolvaardt, of which she had scored 41.

Heath whacked a floaty delivery from Charlie Dean over the longest boundary for a six after passing 50 but her innings finally came to an end after she mistimed a half-tracker from Grace Scrivens straight into the hands of Natasha Wraith at fine leg, leaving the field to a fitting ovation from the crowd.

Mooney hit three fours in the first 10 balls and after advancing to 30 off 20, a stunning bit of work from Healy behind the stumps brought her innings to a premature end.

Gibson followed her back to the dugout the very next ball and the baton was passed to Kerr, who looked well set to guide her side to victory until she fell for 16 after failing to clear the long-off fielder.

Despite a fine innings from Luff, who hit an unbeaten 39 from 30 balls including a massive six, Spirit’s hopes ended off the penultimate delivery when Dean was caught at cover off Davidson-Richards.

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