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The Hundred 2023: Rhianna Southby Shines With The Gloves As Southern Brave Register A Comfortable Win

In an almost one-sided contest, Southern Brave emerge victorious by 5 wickets with 13 balls remaining in The Hundred 2023, majorly thanks to the bowling department that showed real commandability to contain the Superchargers’ innings at 100. Rhianna Southby was awarded the Player of the Match trophy.

Southern Brave have won the toss and elected to bowl first. Jemimah Rodrigues and Marie Kelly walked down the ground to kick off the innings and Lauren Bell was ready with the new ball to spearhead the attack. Five balls and the conclusion of the same turned out to be 5 runs on the board followed by Rodrigues’ first four of the match and her dismissal on the very next ball as Anya Shrubsole bowled her out much early.

And it was a complete tragedy for Superchargers as Phoebe Litchfield met her golden duck on the seventeenth ball; once again Shrubsole was on point. Marie Kelly and Hollie Armitage were now the fresh ones down on the crease, both coming up with a four each on the 28th and 31st ball respectively in The Hundred 2023.

Both thumped up on a fine show of cricket with incessant rotation of strikes but Georgia Adams had much to cover as Armitage got stumped on the 54th ball at 21 off 19 balls. Although Kelly tried to keep the scoreboard moving with her back-to-back boundaries on the 65th and 66th ball Alice Davidson-Richards, on the other end, had to depart early.

Towards the close of the innings, it was just the Supercharger’s wicket that kept falling apart with Kelly getting stumped on the 81st ball at a valuable 39-run knock off 40 balls, Bess Heath getting dismissed by Chloe Tryon on the 84th ball after smashing two fine boundaries, and Leah Dobson getting bowled and caught by Adams.

The last nail in the coffin came in the name of Kate Cross who was bowled out by Lauren Bell to conclude the Superchargers’ innings at 100 for the loss of 8 after all the hundred balls bowled, thanks to the Southern Brave majestic bowling attack that ripped the Superchargers’ batting line-up apart.

Danni Wyatt and Smriti Mandhana were out in the middle to chase the 100-run target down and Kate Cross was handed the new ball in The Hundred 2023. Mandhana was off the mark on the very first ball with a quick single and Wyatt opened her account in style with a splendid boundary.

Wyatt blistered away four more boundaries in the succession of 10 balls until Mandhana joined the bash to hit her first four of the innings on the 22nd ball. But the partnership failed to survive more than that as Wyatt had to leave for the pavilion on the 25th ball at 20 off 18 balls.

Maia Bouchier was the next down on the ground and she looked somewhat poised as she got off to her first boundary on the 32nd ball until she hooked the momentum of the match by smashing two consecutive boundaries followed by the first six of the match on the 50th ball.

Meanwhile, amid the scoreboard running well, Mandhana received a blow from Linsey Smith who brought the much-needed breakthrough for her team. But that didn’t cease Bouchier’s streak of hitting another four on the 62nd ball.

Although the match was pocketed much early, things seemed to change on a stormed note of three successive fall of wickets in the names of Georgia Adams, Maia Bouchier and Freya Kemp in just a span of 11 balls. Thanks to Chloe Tryon who jogged down the ground fairly and closed the show with a winning boundary that sent Southern Brave past the target.

The Hundred 2023: Southern Brave vs Northern Superchargers Brief scores

Northern Superchargers 100-8 in 100 balls (Marie Kelly 39, Hollie Amitage 21; Anya Shrubsole 2-13, Chloe Tryon 2-25) lost to Southern Brave 102-5 in 87 balls (Maia Bouchier 31, Danni Wyatt 20, Smriti Mandhana 19; Linsey Smith 2-11, Georgia Wareham 2-15) by 5 wickets.

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