It was time for the showdown of The Hundred, and it was the Southern Brave and Oval Invincibles who have been crowned as the inaugural men’s and women’s champions respectively.
Talking about the women’s final first, Oval Invincibles Women celebrated victory in The Hundred with a thumping win over Southern Brave Women in the Lord’s final.
The major star of the game was the South African Marizanne Kapp who scored a valuable 26 from 14 balls to take the Invincibles up to 121-6 from their 100 balls in the first innings.
She performed extraordinarily with the ball as well as she took three wickets in the first 10 balls of the innings as Brave collapsed to 14-6 before they were eventually bowled out for 73 – the lowest total in the women’s competition.
Kapp was able to finish the finals with the tournament-best figures of 4-9 which helped the Invincibles clinch the victory against Southern Brave in the women’s final.
Coming on to the men’s final, the men’s team of Southern Brave did what its women’s team were unable to do earlier in the day. James Vince’s side outgunned Birmingham Phoenix at the Lord’s in the inaugural final of the competition.
Southern Brave won the toss and chose to bat first, wherein Ross Whiteley scored 44 off just 19 balls for his team as they posted a total of 168-5 from their 100 balls.
With the ball, the Southern Brave seamers Craig Overton and George Garton restricted Phoenix to 14-2 from their first 20 balls. While Livingstone’s knock of 46 off 19 did threaten to swing the game in Phoenix’s favour, the 28-year-old’s pulsating knock ended courtesy of a run out by a direct hit from Tim David.
Phoenix was only able to make 136-5 from their 100 balls as their five-match winning streak was ended by Brave to win the inaugural title of The Hundred.