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16th Match (N), The Oval, Aug 2 2021, The Hundred Men's Competition
(93/100 balls, target 122)125/4
Invincibles won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
40 (34)
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Sam Billings steers Oval Invincibles to straightforward victory in low-scorer

Ben Duckett's battling 65 in vain as Fire struggle against spin on slow surface

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Scores: Chandan Duorah
Comms: Peter Della Penna
Scorecard summary
Welsh Fire (Men)121/7(100 balls)
Ben Duckett65 (52)
Tom Curran3/29(20)
Reece Topley1/14(15)
Oval Invincibles (Men)125/4(93 balls)

9.12 pm Well that was emphatic at the end from Laurie Evans. Invincibles record a dominant win.

Match Hero is Sam Billings: "I think the bowlers really did well in the last game and they showed their class again as well to restrict them on a really good wicket. It's been a hit and miss start with the weather but a really good show in front of the home crowd. We're creating chances all the way through the innings. Our fielding is something we need to work on and put right if we want to go a long way in this tournament or it could've been even better than 120. We back ourselves to adapt on any pitch. It wasn't always pretty but we got the job done. It's a role I really enjoy doing. Most guys want to open but I'm happy in the middle playing spin. When it was time to push the button, we did that brilliantly. The one less ball an over really does put you under pressure with your decision making. I'm a badger so I love doing my homework."

That's it from tonight's match coverage. Come back tomorrow for more Hundred doubleheader action. For Andrew Miller and Alan Gardner, and Matt Roller at The Oval, I'm Peter Della Penna. Take care!

93
6
Payne to Evans, SIX runs

bang bang bang! Evans finishes it with a triple flourish! Too short on the body, pulled flat over the fine leg rope in punishing style as the ball clangs off the fifth row of seats with fans jumping out of the way of the line of fire. The crowd roars their delight. Invincibles cruise to victory in the end.

One shot will do it for the Invincibles here.

92
6
Payne to Evans, SIX runs

length ball on fourth stump, Evans heaves this on the up very very flat over wide long-on, thuds into the rope on the full and is given as six.

91
4
Payne to Evans, FOUR runs

wide yorker attempted, Evans carves it out with a square drive behind point, beats the sweeper who was too wide nearer extra cover and can't stop it.

Payne returns from over the stumps with his left-arm pace.

CHANGE OF END
after 90 balls6 runs
OI-M: 109/4Need 13 from 10 balls
Laurie Evans12 (14)
Sam Billings40 (34)
Matt Milnes 1/28 (20)

Fire doing what they can to stretch this out. 13 runs off 10 balls to win now.

90
1
Milnes to Evans, 1 run

back of a length on off, pulls this flat to deep midwicket.

89
1
Milnes to Billings, 1 run

short on the body, follows him backing away from leg and this time a flat bat swipe goes straight to Neesham without needing a tumbling effort to stop it.

88
2
Milnes to Billings, 2 runs

short on the stumps, flat bat swat to long-on, Neesham slides along the rope to stop a boundary.

87
Milnes to Billings, no run

goes for yorker on middle at 78 mph, Billings backs away from leg and laces a drive straight to mid-off.

86
2
Milnes to Billings, 2 runs

short on the stumps, goes to pull and a top edge swirls into no man's land inside the ring at short midwicket.

after 85 balls7 runs
OI-M: 103/4Need 19 from 15 balls
Laurie Evans11 (13)
Sam Billings35 (30)
Ryan Higgins 0/7 (5)
85
1
Higgins to Evans, 1 run

short on the body, pulls this flat to deep fine leg.

84
2
Higgins to Evans, 2 runs

good length on the legs, flicked gently into midwicket again for a perfectly weighted two.

83
1
Higgins to Billings, 1 run

good length on the legs, flicked to fine leg.

82
2
Higgins to Billings, 2 runs

good length ball on middle, flicked with soft hands into midwicket, perfectly weighted for two.

81
1
Higgins to Evans, 1 run

good length ball on off stump, punched off the back foot to mid-on.

CHANGE OF END
after 80 balls8 runs
OI-M: 96/4Need 26 from 20 balls
Laurie Evans7 (10)
Sam Billings32 (28)
James Neesham 2/23 (20)
80
1
Neesham to Evans, 1 run

another short ball, this time on middle and this time pulled firmly and straight along the turf to deep backward square.

79
1
Neesham to Billings, 1 run

slower ball full on leg stump, pulled flat to deep square leg and cut off by Milnes for a long single.

78
4
Neesham to Billings, FOUR runs

bouncer follows Billings backing away from leg stump, hustled by Neesham and a top-edge pull swirls over fine leg, the man on the rope is very square and has no chance to cut this off at the rope.

77
1
Neesham to Evans, 1 run

back of a length on the legs, clipped to deep square leg.

Barryaverage: "Losing another wicket wouldn't be the worst outcome for OI, get Tom "The finisher" Curran in"

76
1
Neesham to Billings, 1 run

back of a length on leg stump, flicked to deep midwicket for one.

Neesham on now to bowl his last five.

after 75 balls5 runs
OI-M: 88/4Need 34 from 25 balls
Sam Billings26 (25)
Laurie Evans5 (8)
Matt Critchley 0/15 (10)
75
2
Critchley to Billings, 2 runs

googly lands on off, Billings goes back to punch through extra cover, the sweeper has a long way to track it down and can't deny the second.

74
1
Critchley to Evans, 1 run

full on sixth stump, opens up to drive inside out through cover.

Best performances - batters
Ben Duckett portrait
BM Duckett WF-M
65 runs (52)
7 fours
1 six
Control71%
Productive shot
flick
21 runs
3 fours
0 six
1205533505
Sam Billings portrait
SW Billings OI-M
40 runs (34)
2 fours
1 six
Control94%
Productive shot
pull
13 runs
1 four
0 six
072032917
Best performances - bowlers
Tom Curran portrait
TK Curran OI-M
B
20
0s
10
R
29
W
3
RPB
1.45
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
1W
Jimmy Neesham portrait
JDS Neesham WF-M
B
20
0s
8
R
23
W
2
RPB
1.14
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Kennington Oval, London
TossOval Invincibles (Men), elected to field first
SeriesThe Hundred Men's Competition
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Sam Billings
Sam Billings
Match days2 August 2021 - night (100-ball match)
Umpires
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Alex Wharf
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Neil Mallender
TV Umpire
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Paul Baldwin
Reserve Umpire
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Graham Lloyd
Balls per over5
Match Referee
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Wayne Noon
PointsOval Invincibles (Men) 2, Welsh Fire (Men) 0