The Oval Invincibles celebrate winning The Hundred’s first women’s title.© Twitter
The Oval Invincibles were crowned the inaugural winners of the Women’s Hundred after a desperate Southern Brave collapse, giving them the league’s lowest score at Lord’s. The Invincibles were victorious by 48 runs, with Brave dropping to 14 for six and being knocked out for 73 as they chased 122 for the win. Marizanne Kapp, who batted and balled in Friday’s eliminator win over Birmingham Phoenix, took center stage again, hitting 26 from 14 balls before taking four wickets for nine runs.
The Brave had entered the final as favorites after leading the league with seven wins and only one defeat, but never got going in their pursuit after losing three wickets in the first 10 balls of their innings.
It was an opportunity to forget for England internationals Danni Wyatt and Sophia Dunkley, with South African Kapp taking both away for ducks.
Opener Gaby Lewis and Australian Amanda-Jade Wellington also failed to get off the ground as Brave trailed six after just 36 balls.
Fittingly, Kapp ended the innings taking the wicket of Lauren Bell with two balls left.
The Invincibles had previously made 121 for six, Deen Van Niekerk (26) and Fran Wilson (25) formed a partnership of 56 after Georgia Adams’ early loss.
Kapp hit four limits in her quickfire 26 before falling to Fi Morris and Alice Capsey hit 18 of 12 as the Invincibles set a goal that proved far too difficult for Brave to match.
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