Northern Superchargers 135 for 8 beat Southern Brave 119 for 9 (Ahmed 33, Parnell 4-18) by 16 runs
Southern Brave’s disappointing title defence within the males’s Hundred ended with a whimper as they did not chase 136 in a lifeless-rubber defeat in opposition to Northern Superchargers at Headingley.
Both groups, out of finals competition earlier than a ball was bowled right here, ought to have carried out higher with the bat on a pitch which was drained however not disastrously so.
In reply, Brave slumped to 34 for 4 in 26 balls and did not get better. In posting 119 for 9, they suffered a fifth defeat in eight – this one by 16 runs.
After a breezy begin, Superchargers had been checked by the numerous spin of legspinner Ahmed, offie Paul Stirling and left-arm wristspinner Jake Lintott. The latter two struck as soon as apiece. Three of their high 4 all reached 20 and did not go on.
After the early departure of captain Faf du Plessis to Ahmed, caught by mid-on operating round in the direction of mid-off, his opening companion Adam Lyth made 20, David Willey reached 22 and Brook together with his aforementioned 29. But all holed out to catches within the deep because the rating fell to 91 for 4 after 67 balls.
Seamer Sonny Baker had Lyth caught at deep midwicket off a high-edge and Brook caught in the identical place pulling earlier than Ahmed struck once more when Adam Hose discovered lengthy-on.
Michael Pepper, David Wiese and Parnell all made it into double figures and threatened late acceleration, although Brave had been as scientific with the ball and within the discipline as they had been so typically final 12 months and never sufficient this. Seamer Fuller eliminated Wiese and Rashid within the penultimate set of 5 – once more to catches within the deep.
In some ways, this Brave efficiency was a microcosm of this season’s marketing campaign: inconsistent. After being polished with the ball and within the discipline, they had been in every single place with the bat within the early phases of their reply, dropping some severe firepower within the first 26 balls.
Quinton de Kock was run out making an attempt to take a suicidal single to brief positive-leg earlier than Parnell’s left-arm seam accounted for Stirling and Alex Davies. Left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson then bowled captain James Vince. From 34 for 4, Ahmed and Ross Whiteley steadied with a partnership of 27.
However, when the latter miscued Adil Rashid’s legspin to lengthy-on, leaving the rating at 61 for five after 49 balls, it felt a decisive juncture. So it proved: massive-hitting Singaporean Tim David drilled Wiese to lengthy-off shortly afterwards.
The feewheeling Ahmed continued his spectacular day, and a turnaround was on the playing cards when he shared 28 in 16 balls with Fuller, each hitting sturdy pictures down the bottom. But when Ahmed miscued Parnell to lengthy-on, leaving the rating at 104 for 7 after 83 balls, 32 runs had been nonetheless required.
That goal grew to become 26 off 10, and it was all however recreation over when Parnell yorked Fuller for 25 to go away 22 nonetheless wanted off six. Willey closed issues out by bowling Baker, even celebrating with a ahead roll.