result
8th Match (N), Cardiff, Jul 27 2021, The Hundred Men's Competition
(100 balls, target 166)147/7
Fire won by 18 runs
player of the match
Jonny Bairstow
Welsh Fire (Men)
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• Alan Gardner

Jonny Bairstow, Ben Duckett put contest beyond Brave as James Neesham seals Welsh Fire win

Death bowling proves decisive as Vince, de Kock, Whiteley threaten in chase

Match centre 
Scorer: Venkat Raghav
Commentator: @PeterDellaPenna
Scorecard summary
Welsh Fire (Men)165/4(100 balls)
Southern Brave (Men)147/7(100 balls)
after 100 balls3 runs
SB-M: 147/7
Danny Briggs3 (7)
Craig Overton4 (5)
David Payne 2/30 (20)

9.19 pm Well that was a death bowling clinic across the last 15 balls. Neesham, Ball and Payne refuse to concede a boundary in that stretch and Welsh Fire come out on top. They won behind Qais Ahmad against the Northern Superchargers the other night so now move to four points while the Brave sit at 0 points after two matches still in search of their first win.

Match Hero is Jonny Bairstow: "It was a game-changing spell [by Jimmy Neesham] that we needed him to do. That's exactly why he's over here and in our side, is to change the game. Last game he got 30 off 10 balls. This game he's got wickets and didn't concede many. We took a couple of risks with spin in the Powerplay and got our rewards slightly later on. There's two ways of looking at the rain. I thought the way our boys bowled with a lack of pace suited the pitch better. It's been amazing playing at Cardiff. It was a great crowd tonight and thanks to everyone for coming out."

That's it from us tonight come back tomorrow for more coverage of the Hundred. For Andrew Miller, Alan Gardner and Matt Roller at the ground, I'm Peter Della Penna. Take care!

100
1
Payne to Briggs, 1 run

yorker on middle, driven out to mid-off, sliding stop on the ring by Neesham.

99
Payne to Briggs, no run

wide yorker again on seventh stump, can't make contact with a drive.

98
1
Payne to Overton, 1 run

wide yorker on sixth stump, dragged out to long-on.

97
1lb
Payne to Briggs, 1 leg bye

full on the legs, misses a flick off the pads to square leg for an extra.

96
Payne to Briggs, no run

wide yorker on seventh stump, goes to drive and is beaten.

Payne to bowl the final five balls. Left-arm over the stumps.

after 95 balls6 runs
SB-M: 144/7Need 22 from 5 balls
Craig Overton3 (4)
Danny Briggs2 (3)
Jake Ball 1/21 (20)

Two sterling sets of five in a row from Neesham and Ball. Stylistically very different but both extremely effective in their own ways. From 29 off 15 to 22 off 5 required.

95
1
Ball to Overton, 1 run

leg stump yorker flicked out to deep square leg.

94
1
Ball to Briggs, 1 run

low full toss on leg stump at shin height at 85 mph, flubs this drive off the toe of the bat to mid-off.

93
1lb
Ball to Overton, 1 leg bye

leg stump yorker cramps Overton and it comes off his pads missing a flick before they pinch a leg bye to backward point.

92
1
Ball to Briggs, 1 run

yorker on middle, dug out to mid-off.

91
1
Ball to Overton, 1 run

goes for wide yorker again, this time jammed out into the leg side for a single.

91
1w
Ball to Overton, 1 wide

wide yorker, too wide. Extra signaled.

Ball comes back for his last five. 28 off 10 for the Brave to pull out an unlikely win now after that magnificent Neesham set of five. Ball coming around the stumps to the right-hander Overton.

CHANGE OF END
after 90 balls1 run • 2 wickets
SB-M: 138/7Need 28 from 10 balls
Danny Briggs0 (1)
Craig Overton1 (1)
James Neesham 3/5 (15)

Dave : "Whiteley a gun? Flatters to decieve far to often and rarely sees a game home... a bit like tonight. "

90
Neesham to Briggs, no run

wide yorker beats an attempted stab out to point.

Briggs enters. 28 off 11 balls to win now with only the tail left. The only thing that could trip up the Fire here now is if they have to field the last five with an extra man in the ring.

Well that changes the equation quite dramatically in the space of a few balls.

89
W
Neesham to Whiteley, OUT

drags on! Neesham is on Fire for the Welsh! In the slot on sixth stump, Whiteley tries to drive and drags an inside edge onto his stumps.

Ross Whiteley b Neesham 25 (23m 14b 4x4 0x6) SR: 178.57
88
1
Neesham to Overton, 1 run

slower ball lands on a good length on fourth stump, punched to long-on.

Craig Overton the new man in.

HarryFD: "It's great to see Ross Whiteley get some opportunities on a bigger stage. He's been a gun for years in the blast and apart from a small handful of franchise games never really had the chance to show what he can do. "

87
W
Neesham to Jordan, OUT

length ball again on fifth stump, Jordan tries to shovel this over extra cover but no elevation on the shot. It flutters to extra cover on the ring, Cobb, who takes a safe catch tumbling to his left at thigh height.

Chris Jordan c Cobb b Neesham 6 (9m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 120
86
Neesham to Jordan, no run

length ball on sixth stump, Jordan tries a wild heave and misses.

Neesham back. He can bowl 10 straight if he wants. Fire have six minutes to bowl the next 10 balls or else the last five will have to happen with an extra man in the ring.

after 85 balls8 runs
SB-M: 137/5Need 29 from 15 balls
Ross Whiteley25 (13)
Chris Jordan6 (3)
Qais Ahmad 0/34 (20)

29 off 15 balls required to win. Nothing too insurmountable for modern chasing standards. With the way Welsh Fire have fielded along the ground, Southern Brave feel like slight favorites.

85
1
Qais to Whiteley, 1 run

full outside off, drags a slog through square leg for a long single.

84
Qais to Whiteley, no run

good length on the stumps, slogs this into the ground back to Qais.

83
2
Qais to Whiteley, 2 runs

drags this way too short outside leg stump, Whiteley miscues a heave trying to hit this out of the ground but it falls into no man's land at midwicket.

82
4
Qais to Whiteley, FOUR runs

too short on the legs, flicked powerfully through square leg and bisects two boundary riders to the rope.

Best performances - batters
Jonny Bairstow portrait
JM Bairstow WF-M
72 runs (39)
5 fours
5 sixes
Control74%
Productive shot
slog shot
20 runs
1 four
2 sixes
6435051435
Ben Duckett portrait
BM Duckett WF-M
53 runs (34)
7 fours
1 six
Control85%
Productive shot
reverse sweep
16 runs
4 fours
0 six
1859111315
Best performances - bowlers
Jimmy Neesham portrait
JDS Neesham WF-M
B
15
0s
10
R
5
W
3
RPB
0.33
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
David Payne
DA Payne WF-M
B
20
0s
8
R
30
W
2
RPB
1.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
TossSouthern Brave (Men), elected to field first
SeriesThe Hundred Men's Competition
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow
Match days27 July 2021 - night (100-ball match)
Umpires
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Nigel Llong
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Rob Bailey
TV Umpire
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Neil Bainton
Reserve Umpire
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Alex Wharf
Balls per over5
Match Referee
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Dean Cosker
PointsWelsh Fire (Men) 2, Southern Brave (Men) 0