Recent Match Report – Rockets vs Brave 25th Match 2022


Southern Brave 142 for 4 (Davies 51*) beat Trent Rockets 138 for six (Malan 59, Fuller 2-18) by six wickets

Alex Davies and Ross Whiteley orchestrated a exceptional turnaround as Southern Brave secured a six-wicket win to maintain their slim qualification hopes alive heading into the closing rounds of the group stage.

Brave gained the toss and elected to bowl on what turned out to be a particularly troublesome wicket to bat on. For lengthy stretches of the chase,- Dawid Malan’s innings 59 off 41 for Trent Rockets seeming prone to be the distinction between the perimeters.

At the midway level, Rockets’ complete of 138 for six was believed to be just below par, with allrounder Samit Patel cautious in his optimism that it was defendable, even when he did converse with the understanding look of a participant who had seen some of these wickets earlier than and knew {that a} good begin might see the sport might flip rapidly.

And begin is strictly what Rockets received, as their seamers mixed to limit Brave to simply 15 for two off the powerplay – each Paul Stirling and James Vince bowled for geese.

As Brave’s chase went on, Malan’s earlier effort grew in stature, as solely Quinton de Kock for Brave was capable of finding the boundary within the first 65 balls of the chase.

With 66 off 30 required for victory, Rockets seemed to be heading for a victory that will have secured them a slot within the prime three and a spot within the eliminator on the very least.

But three consecutive units of 5 then went for double figures, as Rockets’ afterburners ran out, Brave aided by a collection of wides and no-balls because the bowlers struggled with a moist ball. The consequence was 66 off 30 grew to become 23 off 15 as Brave stole victory within the blink of an eye fixed.

Malan furthers his case

Malan grew to become the primary particular person within the competitors to succeed in 300 runs as he scored his third half-century. The left-hander is the main run-scorer within the Hundred this season, and a bonus for England forward of the T20 World Cup – significantly with Jason Roy so off form.

Malan hit the bottom operating in his innings and seemed to be the one Rockets batter to realize a grasp of the tempo of the pitch. After 50 balls of the innings, Malan was on 38 off 26 while his crew-mates have been 21 off 24.

The innings wasn’t chanceless with Malan gaining a life on 37 when he skied a Sonny Baker supply to level the place Michael Hogan put down a comparatively easy likelihood. Despite Baker being 22 years junior to Hogan, he nonetheless managed to grasp the disenchanted fatherly stare.

Seaming and swinging

That Rockets have been ready to let victory slip from their palms was the results of their very own improbable seam bowling in the beginning of Brave’s innings.

Spin was anticipated to steer proceedings with the wicket sticking and tempo-off proving onerous to time. But Luke Wood, Daniel Sams and Sam Cook have been in a position to exploit the circumstances beautifully as Brave managed simply 15 runs from the primary 25 balls.

Wood’s spectacular event continued as he bowled Vince by way of an inside edge for a golden duck, while Cook used his slower ball expertly to take away Stirling.

Such was the dominance of seam that allrounder and captain Lewis Gregory, who’s but to bowl his full allocation in a match this season, introduced himself on as a fourth seamer earlier than turning to both of his skilled spinners in Tabraiz Shamsi and Samit Patel. Gregory’s 15 balls would go for simply 14 runs as Rockets’ eased themselves seemingly into an unassailable place.

Davies and Whiteley graft, David ices chase

Brave struggled to 52 for two at midway and regarded lifeless and buried when 71 have been wanted off the ultimate 35 balls. Davies had simply struck his first boundary, from his thirtieth ball confronted, and Whiteley was new to the crease with six off seven.

Rockets’ place appeared solely to be getting stronger, however the turning level got here when, with 55 required off 25 balls, Sams’ bowled an eight-ball set that went for 19 runs and included a large and two no-balls (considered one of which was for a fielding infringement). Shamsi’s following set went for 13 as a sport that had been all however over for Brave grew to become theirs to lose.

Whiteley departed for a significant 30 off 21 balls with 16 wanted off 11, however any doubts over the results of the match have been put to mattress when Tim David struck consecutive sixes to ship a raucous Southern Brave crowd house joyful.

Cameron Ponsonby is a contract cricket author in London. @cameronponsonby

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