Recent Match Report – Brave vs Invincibles Final 2022

Oval Invincibles 105 for five (Kapp 37*) beat Southern Brave 101 for 7 (Dunkley 26, Ismail 2-12) by 5 wickets

Oval Invincibles defended their Hundred title because of Marizanne Kapp’s nerveless, unbeaten innings of 37 off 33 to steer them previous Southern Brave in a rematch of final yr’s closing.

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.

Both openers were caught and bowled. Shabnim Ismail removed Wyatt, settling under a difficult chance after cranking the pace up to 78mph with a hard-length ball that skewed up into the leg side, and Mandhana miscued back to Smale to leave Brave 39 for 2 after 39 balls.

Sophia Dunkley and Tahlia McGrath, the engine room of Brave’s batting, set about the rebuild and batted with plenty of attacking intent, but generally struggled to find gaps. At 74 for 2 with 30 balls remaining, they needed to launch at the back end.

Invincibles battle again
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 been sensible on the loss of life, squeezing arduous. Alice Capsey took 2 for six throughout a set of 10 consecutive balls, cut up throughout each ends: Dunkley edged by to Lauren Winfield-Hill, who took a wise catch, and Georgia Adams was caught at deep midwicket. Ismail rearranged Freya Kemp’s stumps, and Amanda-Jade Wellington miscued Kapp to mid-off.

Wasteful Brave
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.

Mady Villiers and Kira Chathli each fell cheaply however Emily Windsor, the 24-yr-previous batter in her first innings of the season, held her nerve on the finish. She charged Wellington’s penultimate ball, pumping her again down the bottom for 4, and after Kapp had slashed McGrath by the off facet, Windsor did the identical to seal the sport.

“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

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