Oval Invincibles 105 for five (Kapp 37*) beat Southern Brave 101 for 7 (Dunkley 26, Ismail 2-12) by 5 wickets
After selecting to bat first, Brave collapsed from 83 for two after 74 balls to publish simply 101 for 7, struggling to search out any impetus on a tough, two-paced pitch in entrance of a 20,840 crowd at Lord’s.
Invincibles misplaced common wickets within the chase however for the second closing in a row, Kapp was the matchwinner – this time, with the bat. Coming in at 33 for two – which rapidly turned 33 for 3 – she marshalled their inexperienced center order and dragged them over the road with six balls to spare.
“The way Marizanne batted under pressure was just awesome,” Suzie Bates, Invincibles’ captain, mentioned. “She’s one of the best allrounders in the world and today she showed why: under pressure, she’s even better.
“Our bowling group did an excellent job to maintain them to that rating. It was all the time going to be a nervy chase but it surely’s sensible to have younger gamers carry out.”
Slow and steady
Southern Brave’s success has been characterised by attacking batting, with the depth of their line-up allowing Danni Wyatt and Smriti Mandhana licence to go hard at the top of the order, particularly during the powerplay.
They made a bright start on a slow pitch: Mandhana, who missed last year’s final, pierced the infield with a crisp cover drive to the second ball of the innings, and Sophia Smale’s second set – the last five balls of the powerplay – was clearly targeted as Wyatt crashed consecutive fours through the off side and Mandhana lofted over the leg side.
Dunkley and McGrath exchanged boundaries when Invincibles introduced Eva Gray, their sixth bowler, into the assault, however when McGrath fell to the ultimate ball of her first set, it sparked a collapse that proved defining.
They failed to attain a boundary within the closing 26 balls of the innings and added solely 18 runs for the lack of 5 wickets in that part. Maia Bouchier, their designated finisher, was starved of the strike and completed 9 not out off 11 balls.
Invincibles have relied closely on their opening pair, Winfield-Hill and Bates, all through this season however misplaced each for single-determine scores within the closing: Winfield-Hill was stumped by Carla Rudd’s lightning-quick arms off Anya Shrubsole, and Bates inside-edged Wellington onto her personal stumps by way of her pad.
Brave wanted common wickets to face an opportunity, however have been profligate within the discipline: Capsey was dropped twice, by Shrubsole and Mandhana, throughout her cameo of 25 off 17, and several other misfields allowed Invincibles to construct partnerships with out worrying in regards to the required fee mounting.
Kapp’s star flip
Kapp has turned large-recreation performances right into a behavior: she took 4 for 9 within the Hundred’s inaugural closing and received the match award within the WBBL closing on the finish of final yr for Perth Scorchers, and Invincibles have been all the time favourites so long as she stayed in.
Back-to-again boundaries off Wellington, the season’s main wicket-taker, acquired her up and working earlier than she punished Shrubsole for straying in line, and he or she survived quite a lot of scares when overwhelmed on the within edge.
“It’s been an amazing journey,” Kapp mentioned. “You’re always nervous in finals and the wicket was really tough, but luckily we got across the line.”
Brave have solely misplaced three video games throughout each seasons of the ladies’s Hundred, however two of them have been in finals. As Invincibles lifted the trophy, they have been left to mirror on a second successive close to-miss.
Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98