result
4th Match (N), Leeds, Jul 24 2021, The Hundred Men's Competition
173/4
(100 balls, target 174)168/7
Fire won by 5 runs
player of the match
Qais Ahmad
Welsh Fire (Men)
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• Valkerie Baynes

Qais Ahmad cracks Superchargers after Harry Brook gives Welsh Fire a fright

Bairstow, Duckett post imposing 173 but it's only just enough in epic at Headingley

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Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
Welsh Fire (Men)173/4(100 balls)
Ben Stokes1/8(10)
Matty Potts1/23(15)
Northern Superchargers (Men)168/7(100 balls)
Harry Brook62 (31)
Adam Lyth25 (14)
Qais Ahmad4/13(20)
Jake Ball1/24(20)
after 100 balls5 runs
NS-M: 168/7
Brydon Carse11 (8)
Matty Potts20 (10)
Jake Ball 1/24 (20)

8.55pm: Well, we've seen a Hundred classic, a full fat serving with cream to end double double-header day. And we're going to do it all over again tomorrow! Time for me to enter the decompression chamber, but stick around for Valkerie Baynes' report, and join us for more 100-balls madness in the morning, starting with the women in the London derby at Lord's. Until then, thanks for your comments, ta ra for now!

8.47pm: Yeesh, that was some chase! The Superchargers just kept coming, even after Harry Brook's sparkling knock came to an end with 37 needed from 17. In the end, Welsh Fire's winning margin came down to the six Jimmy Neesham slotted off the final ball of their innings. Qais Ahmad was the main man on a bad night for bowlers and his four-for helped get Fire over the line even as the boundaries rained at a heaving Headingley

And Qais Ahmad is a fitting Hero of the Match, having gone at 0.65 runs per ball on a night when everyone else got carted: "Very enjoyable. Pitch was good for spin, not too much turn, but the captain and coach had faith in me. The crowd supported both teams."

100
1
Ball to Carse, 1 run

pitched up and slogged leg side, but he sends it to deep square on the bounce! After a breathless chase, Fire hold on to win by five runs!

One ball, six needed for a tie

Here's Matt: "Jake Ball has used this round-the-wicket, hit the heel yorker tactic for both Notts and Sydney Sixers over the last year with Dan Christian the main influence behind it"

"So, now they've missed the cut-off and have a man inside the circle, but now they can take they now take as long as they like to make decisions? Shouldn't there be a second time limit before a run penalty or am I being too old-skool and not down with the kids?" Yes, probably, Stuart

99
1
Ball to Potts, 1 run

full and smashed back, Ball takes the blow! Arguably a catchable chance, he got a hand in the way, but perhaps as importantly kept them to a single

Eight needed, two boundaries

98
1lb
Ball to Carse, 1 leg bye

length ball, 82mph outside leg stump, Carse wipes across the line... but it hits the pads and trickles for one

97
1
Ball to Potts, 1 run

superbly bowled, 84mph yorker on the pads, Potts can't do anything other then dig it out to leg

96
1
Ball to Carse, 1 run

round the wicket to Carse, full on leg stump and he hacks it to mid-on backing away

Last five, 11 runs needed, this is going all the way... Jake Ball the man to bowl. Fire can only have four men out, remember

after 95 balls12 runs
NS-M: 163/7Need 11 from 5 balls
Matty Potts18 (8)
Brydon Carse9 (5)
David Payne 0/42 (20)
95
1
Payne to Potts, 1 run

fired in and cracked down to long-off, just a single

One more ball for Payne, can he get out?

94
4
Payne to Potts, FOUR runs

half-tracker carted through midwicket! The crowd explodes again as Potts connects with a thump that even Phillips can't cut off

93
4
Payne to Potts, FOUR runs

dug in, top-edged over the keeper! Potts is swinging, Superchargers are alive and kicking!

92
2
Payne to Potts, 2 runs

short and sliced towards short third man, Ball takes it and then spills the catch! He was running back, he seemed to have caught the ball, but they end up stealing two!

91
1
Payne to Carse, 1 run

short ball from round the wicket, pulled through backward square for one

David Payne back, 23 needed from 10

CHANGE OF END
after 90 balls13 runs
NS-M: 151/7Need 23 from 10 balls
Matty Potts7 (4)
Brydon Carse8 (4)
Matt Critchley 1/29 (20)

And Fire are in trouble with the cut-off here, Bairstow being told he can only have four men outside the ring because they've bowled their balls too slowly

90
6
Critchley to Potts, SIX runs

launched over long-on! In the slot and Potts gets it clean out of the screws to send the crowd barmy again!

89
Critchley to Potts, no run

pushed through wide of the stumps, Potts swings and misses, just inside the tramlines

88
Critchley to Potts, no run

tossed up on off, spinning through to the keeper as Potts heaves across the line

87
1
Critchley to Carse, 1 run

goes back to a leggie outside off and cuts one

86
6
Critchley to Carse, SIX runs

slogged over long-on! Dragged down and Carse belts it back down the ground. Perfect start to the set

Matt Critchley back

after 85 balls2 runs • 2 wickets
NS-M: 138/7Need 36 from 15 balls
Brydon Carse1 (2)
Matty Potts1 (1)
Qais Ahmad 4/13 (20)

There ends a superb spell from Qais, 4 for 13 from his 20 balls

85
Qais to Carse, no run

grip and turn, slips this one through to the keeper, past the outside edge

84
1
Qais to Potts, 1 run

tossed up and clipped through midwicket

Matty Potts joins his Durham mucker Carse in the middle

83
W
Qais to Brook, OUT

pinned in front of off! Brook is gone, Qais bags the big wicket! Fired in the legbreak and Brook was walking across his stumps to try and manufacture something, smacked on the pads plumb in front

Harry Brook lbw b Qais Ahmad 62 (48m 31b 3x4 5x6) SR: 200
82
1
Qais to Carse, 1 run

WHAT'S HAPPENING?? Dropped at backward point, Critchley diving forwards... then his throw was poor with Carse stranded! Bairstow knocked off the bails trying to take it, and somehow they sneak one

81
W
Qais to Simpson, OUT

holes out to long-on! Tossed up and Simpson tries to put the foot down, ends up underhitting his shot straight to the man on the rope. Qais picks up a third and, importantly, keeps the strike away from Brook for another ball

John Simpson c Cockbain b Qais Ahmad 6 (7m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 150

Qais Ahmad back for his final five

Down to the last 20 balls, Superchargers are still scrapping through Brook

Best performances - batters
Harry Brook portrait
HC Brook NS-M
62 runs (31)
3 fours
5 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
off drive
16 runs
1 four
2 sixes
0677101679
Jonny Bairstow portrait
JM Bairstow WF-M
56 runs (36)
5 fours
3 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
off drive
12 runs
1 four
1 six
1038412919
Best performances - bowlers
Qais Ahmed player portrait
Qais Ahmad WF-M
B
20
0s
8
R
13
W
4
RPB
0.65
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W1W
Ben Stokes portrait
BA Stokes NS-M
B
10
0s
5
R
8
W
1
RPB
0.80
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Headingley, Leeds
TossNorthern Superchargers (Men), elected to field first
SeriesThe Hundred Men's Competition
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Qais Ahmad
Qais Ahmad
Match days24 July 2021 - night (100-ball match)
Umpires
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Neil Mallender
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Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
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Martin Saggers
Reserve Umpire
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Steve O'Shaughnessy
Balls per over5
Match Referee
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Stuart Cummings
PointsWelsh Fire (Men) 2, Northern Superchargers (Men) 0