History has been created at the iconic Lord’s yet again, as the Southern Braves secure their maiden title at the Hundred 2023. The women’s Hundred competition, a month-long affair for the major teams from the whole of the UK, representing their respective states, brought glory with brilliant games throughout. While the Northern Superchargers have settled as runners-up, the Southern Brave have made the whole of Hampshire and Sussex proud.
The finals at the Lord’s, London was a game favouring the spectators in The Hundred 2023. So an amazing tussle for runs and a great bowling performance from the sides. The best teams of the tournament, the Southern Braves and the Northern Superchargers faced each other and made sure there was no space for doubt when it came to their wholesome strategies and skillful performances.
Winning the toss, the Northern Chargers decided to bowl first. A chance for the Southern Braves’ batters Smriti Mandhana and Danni Wyatt to open and shine. Although Mandhana was lost early, Wyatt played a brilliant game. Maia Bouchier, too, was lost early with her securing only a few runs, but Georgia Adams played a steady game alongside Wyatt and the two built on the runs for the team.
Wyatt smashed deliveries and secured a total of 59 runs in merely 38 deliveries. Her jaw-dropping strike rate of 155 gave the game the required pace and foundation which was needed in the midst of all the wickets lost. Hard luck for the player as she was run out by Kate Cross in the middle of the game.
Adams also played a quick game, securing 27 runs in 28 deliveries. Later Freya Kamp joined the bandwagon and she contributed a total of 31 runs in merely 17 deliveries. Her strike rate of 182 was impressive indeed.
These little contributions led the team to a huge total of 139 in 100 deliveries. Brilliant bowling efforts from the Northern Superchargers as they picked up a total of 6 wickets. A major contribution from Kate Cross who picked 3 wickets. With 139 runs on the scorecard, Northern Superchargers were a step away from the win. They needed 140 runs to secure the title.
Unfortunately, the team was off to a low start, as they lost Marie Kelly for a duck. But the game was carried forward by Jemimah Rodrigues and Pheobe Litchfield who provided the required base for the game as they played for a deserving strike rate. While Rodrigues batted at a strike rate of 171 Litchfield batted at a strike rate of 118. The two weren’t able to stay back on the field for long enough, given the fierce bowling performance from the Southern Braves.
The Braves were in their pure element at the finals. They batted and bowled impressively well. This helped them secure the game easily. The entire Supercharger’s batting lineup was dispersed due to a fierce bowling performance. No partnerships seemed possible and the players weren’t able to stay back long on the field which caused major destruction. Despite of their 100% efforts, the Superchargers lost the game by a major margin of 34 runs.
Given the opponent’s bowling performance, the team lost all their wickets in 94 deliveries. Great efforts, but bowlers like Lauren Bell and Kalea Moore stole the entire spotlight. The two picked 3 wickets each which included some major names like Kelly, Litchfield, Rodrigues, Hollie Armitage and Leah Dobson.
While Chloe Tryon picked 2 wickets from the middle-order batters, Anya Shrubsole picked one. This ultimately led to their superb win. A deserving win for the Southern Braves indeed. A brave game played with invincible bowling and seamless batting performance.
A well-deserving maiden title, given their efforts over the past month and brilliance in every game. Danni Wyatt was named the Player of the Match for her 59 runs in The Hundred 2023.
The Hundred 2023: Southern Brave vs Northern Superchargers Brief Scores
Southern Braves 139/6 (Danni Wyatt 59 (38), Freay Kamp 31 (17), Kate Cross 3/21) won against Northern Superchargers 105/10 (Jemimah Rodrigues 24 (14), Kalea Moore 3/15, Lauren Bell 3/21) by 34 runs.