The Hundred: Oval Invincibles overcome Southern Brave to seal their second title


Val Invincibles retained her Women’s Hundred title in front of a record crowd at Lord’s.

Marizanne Kapp brought her team home in a rematch of the first tournament final against Southern Brave.

The South African international was player of the match in the 2021 final after playing with bat and ball and once again showed her taste for the big chances with a decisive all-around display in a five-wicket win .

In front of 20,840 fans — a new national record — she took one for 19 in her 20 deliveries before leading the Invincibles pursuit by 102 with 37 not eliminated. Her 33-ball shot, which contained five boundaries, was the best of the day and the best score to date in the women’s showpiece.

The Brave had mustered a disappointing 101 for seven after opting to strike first, but the chase was a walk away once Lauren Winfield-Hill and Suzie Bates fell cheap on top.

By the halfway mark they were teetering at 59 in four, with English seamstress Lauren Bell having scattered the stumps of Mady Villiers with the 50th delivery of the innings.

But Kapp kept his cool while others lost theirs, reenacting a winning run in a game where bowlers set the agenda.

Alice Capsey, the star of last year’s tournament and once again a reliable performer, weighed in with a practical 25 on 17 balls, but had a few slices of luck along the way.

Captain Anya Shrubsole had a direct take as the 18-year-old had just five to her name, Capsey capitalizing on her reprieve by hitting two consecutive fours and a long six in the next set of five. Smriti Mandhana also put it at 22, but it turned out to be a less costly mistake thanks to Georgia Adams, who pulled Capsey back.

Kapp picked his moments to attack shrewdly, taking straight fours off Amanda-Jade Wellington and two more on a costly visit from Shrubsole, meaning the asking rate never went away. The winning runs came with six balls remaining, with Emily Windsor cutting Tahlia McGrath into the ropes to seal the deal in style.

The Invincibles victory was set up by a disciplined display of their offense, which gave up only eight boundaries.

Mandhana and Danni Wyatt failed to kick off from solid starts, before a flurry of three wickets in five balls changed the lives of their innings.

Marizanne Kapp hit 33 in another masterful display

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Tahlia McGrath was knocked down by Eva Gray before Sophia Dunkley (26) and Georgia Adams (nought) were eliminated by Capsey.

South African international Shabnim Ismail had the pick of the numbers, taking two out of 12 of her 20-ball allowance, while 17-year-old spinner Sophia Smale continued her rapid rise, kicking off with the caught and knocked down dismissal of Indian star Mandhana.

“It was an amazing trip. I loved the tournament, it’s my favorite,” Kapp said.

“The crowds have been amazing throughout. Thanks for coming out and supporting women’s cricket.

“I have to give credit to my team, they were all amazing. You are always nervous in the final, especially with low scores, but every person contributed.”

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