Southern Brave had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, but they were unable to string together enough hits. The Hundred Invincibles won their first women’s title with a score of 8-1.
The Hundred Oval Invincibles crushed Southern Brave to win their first women’s Hundred title. Read more in detail here: the hundred.
|The final of the Women’s Hundred takes place at Lord’s.|
|Van Niekerk (29), Kapp (14), Bell 2-24; Oval Invincibles 121-6 (100 balls).|
|Morris 23 (26); Kapp 4-9; Southern Brave 73 all out (98 balls).|
|The Invincibles win by a score of 48 runs.|
On a historic day at Lord’s, Oval Invincibles raced to a 48-run win against Southern Brave to become the first women’s Hundred champions.
The Invincibles knocked out the Brave for 73 in a superb bowling effort after setting a goal of 122.
The Brave’s top three batsmen were all out without scoring after Marizanne Kapp got three wickets in the first ten deliveries.
The frenetic start continued when Fran Wilson’s superb throw ran out Maia Bouchier in front of a 17,116-strong audience – a world record for a women’s domestic match.
Brave, who had sailed through the group stages with seven victories out of eight, had no answer for the Invincibles’ ferocious attack and succumbed to a humiliating loss on the grandest of platforms.
Kapp, who also scored 26 in the Invincibles’ 121-6 victory, got the last wicket and was hoisted into the air by her husband Dane van Niekerk, the Invincibles’ brilliant, inspiring captain.
“It’s so old and unique,” remarked Van Niekerk, 28.
“I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to enjoy myself here. It had been a boyhood ambition of mine to play in and win a final here. It’s unique.”
Kapp leads the Invincibles to a legendary win.
Extraordinary. This is really remarkable. Kapp’s astonishing spell, which left the audience gaping in amazement, will live long in the memories of those who were there.
Kapp, a furious 31-year-old South African, screamed when the Brave’s two huge England internationals, Danni Wyatt and Sophia Dunkley, and then Gaby Lewis, collapsed.
This is the first time Lord’s has hosted a women’s domestic final. What an opportune moment to give.
On commentary, England World Cup champion Alex Hartley said, “I have no clue what’s going on!”
“The Oval Invincibles put up a near-perfect performance,” England skipper Heather Knight said.
Kapp ended with tournament-best statistics of four wickets for nine runs from 18 deliveries, despite missing six games in the group stage due to injury.
The tournament’s Most Valuable Player was Van Niekerk.
On a special Lord’s Day, emotional moments
As they rejoiced with one other and the audience, several of the Invincibles players were emotional.
Van Niekerk was soon in tears and demanded that her less-experienced teammates carry the big gold medal during the award ceremony. It was a moving moment from someone who has pushed the Invincibles to greater heights than anybody else.
Overall, it was a historic day for women’s sport in the United Kingdom and English cricket.
The sight of a big, young audience at Lord’s for a domestic women’s match was something to see. This tournament has its critics – and some legitimate worries – but the sight of a large, youthful crowd at Lord’s for a domestic women’s match was something to behold.
The Hundred was created by the England and Wales Cricket Board in an effort to promote cricket to a broader audience.
It comes close to emulating the historic day in 2017 when England won the Women’s World Cup in front of a sold-out stadium.
Knight expressed his pride by saying, “It simply makes me proud.”
“Being a part of the 2017 World Cup final was unprecedented. It’s been a fantastic day for women’s cricket, with Lord’s almost full for a home women’s final.
“It seems like a historic event, similar to the World Cup final.”
At the last hurdle, the brave succumb.
The Invincibles had to make it through Friday’s eliminator to reach the final – a game they seemed to be out of at one point – while the Brave breezed through the group stages to reach the final.
They were dominating early in the competition, but their poorest performance came at the worst conceivable moment.
Anya Shrubsole’s team has not played since a comfortable win against the Invincibles on Monday.
Did the break impact them, as well as the strain of the situation? While Kapp bowled well, he also had a few of easy dismissals.
Shrubsole said, “That is an obvious thing to say.” “I don’t believe that is true.
“It’s simply that we didn’t bat well enough.”
“It’s unfortunate that the worst game we’ve ever played is in the championship game. It is, without a doubt, a big disappointment.”