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RESULT
5th Match, Cardiff, August 07, 2022, The Hundred Men's Competition
(100 balls, T:159) 119/6

Invincibles won by 39 runs

Player Of The Match
81 (45)
will-jacks
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Scorecard summary
Oval Invincibles (Men) 158/5(100 balls)
Will Jacks 81 (45)
Sam Curran 26 (23)
Ryan Higgins2/31 (20)
Adam Zampa1/25 (20)
Welsh Fire (Men) 119/6(100 balls)
Joe Clarke 37 (29)
Ben Duckett 25 (16)
Sunil Narine3/21 (20)
Tom Curran2/14 (20)
CHANGE OF END
after 100 balls6 runs
WF: 119/6
Ryan Higgins6 (5)
Adam Zampa14 (12)
Sam Curran 1/24 (20)

That's it from us today. Join us tomorrow for our coverage of Spirit vs Originals at Lord's tomorrow and keep an eye out for Vish Ehantharajah's piece from Cardiff. Cheers.

Sam Billings: "Here at Cardiff it's all about using the pitch. It can be two-paced as we saw today and it's made for Sunil Narine. He bowled in the nets yesterday on a similar pitch: nobody hit him off the square and he took about 17 wickets. Jacks played beautifully today, earning the right on a difficult pitch. The biggest problem with our batting last year was losing too many wickets up top. Cross-seamers we found were really tough, and the slower balls, we saw Tom Curran utilise them brilliantly. [Roy] He's a world-class player. We've seen him for so long dominate attacks. It's only a matter of time. He's middled one straight to short fine leg. He's too good not to turn it around. With our batting unit, if it's a good pitch, we like pace on the ball. To come here and battle through those tough times... Will Jacks is a class performer and is a young player with a huge amount of potential in front of him. That was a coming-of-age knock, seriously mature."

Will Jacks is Match Hero: "Great crowd, really warm. We needed to bounce back and we did that well. We realised in the first few balls it was lacking in pace. We had to take it deep and take as few risks as possible. After the timeout with 30 balls left, we said that was the time to go. Any time you have wickets in hand, the fielding side feel under pressure."

Hang around for the presentations, which Matt will bring to you.

Hiruja: "Seems like TC is trying to get his brother's spot in the XI for the upcoming World Cup..."

Great Boo: "I take back everything I insinuated earlier about the vincibility of the Ovals!" --- Ah, such is life - and cricket...

4.47pm Invincibles never looked like taking this home comfortably when they were 51 for 3 off 41 balls with the bat. But propelled by Jacks' counterattacking 81, and Narine and Tom Curran's brilliant execution with the ball, they have hit back after a close opening loss.

100
1
Sam Curran to Higgins, 1 run

back of the hand again, and full and outside off. Heaved to long-on to finish the day. Invincibles win by 39 runs

99
2
Sam Curran to Higgins, 2 runs

yorker again on off, and driven down the ground. Roy from long-off runs to his right, and pushes the ball back last moment

98
1
Sam Curran to Zampa, 1 run

wow, Zampa showing his batting skills here. Scoops this fullish ball on off over the keeper's head after getting across off, as Billings chases back

97
1
Sam Curran to Higgins, 1 run

a back of the hand slower ball. On a yorker length on middle and off, and bunted to long-on

96
1
Sam Curran to Zampa, 1 run

launches an inswinging yorker on off. Jammed out to deep square

Sam Curran back

after 95 balls6 runs
WF: 113/6Need 46 from 5 balls
Adam Zampa12 (10)
Ryan Higgins2 (2)
Tom Curran 2/14 (20)
95
4
Tom Curran to Zampa, FOUR runs

shapes to scoop, but skillfully sneaks that past a diving Billings to his right. Full and wide of off, as he went across and opened the bat face while the bowler followed him outside off

94
1
Tom Curran to Higgins, 1 run

swats that good length ball outside off just past Curran to long-off

93
1
Tom Curran to Zampa, 1 run

on the bounce to long-on. Short of a length on off - and with that change of pace - as he pulls hard

92
Tom Curran to Zampa, no run

ah, just past off stump. That was swinging into him and dipping too, as Curran bowled from wide of the crease. A full toss in a sense

91
Tom Curran to Zampa, no run

starts with a slower ball. Full and outside off, as the batter barely has any clue while opening himself up to try and hoick. Play and a miss

Jamie: "What a performance this is from T Curran, including the 4 off the last ball of the innings!" --- And here he comes again.

CHANGE OF END
after 90 balls7 runs
WF: 107/6Need 52 from 10 balls
Adam Zampa7 (6)
Ryan Higgins1 (1)
Matt Milnes 0/24 (20)
90
1
Milnes to Zampa, 1 run

short of a length on middle - and needless to say, it's a slower ball - which is swatted over mid-on

89
2
Milnes to Zampa, 2 runs

mid-on ran and dived to his right, as Roy there stuck his right hand out but couldn't get in hand. That was swung off a full length on middle, as Zampa was beaten by the lack of pace

88
4
Milnes to Zampa, FOUR runs

drilled through extra cover! Yorker fired on off, as he made room and clattered that wide of mid-off for four

87
Milnes to Zampa, no run

this is fuller, and outside off again. He went across off very early, and tried to scoop. But the ball went in between bat and off stump

86
Milnes to Zampa, no run

back of a length, and just outside off. He backs away to try and heave to the on side, but doesn't connect

after 85 balls4 runs • 1 wicket
WF: 100/6Need 59 from 15 balls
Adam Zampa0 (1)
Ryan Higgins1 (1)
Sam Curran 1/18 (15)
85
Sam Curran to Zampa, no run

short of a length, and outside off. He misses his swing

Zampa out now. Curran from around the wicket.

84
W
Sam Curran to Duckett, OUT

bowled him! The change of pace working again on this pitch. He went pulling to this good length ball angling into leg, but was beaten by the lack of pace. Through his shot early, and gone

Ben Duckett b SM Curran 25 (16b 1x4 1x6) SR: 156.25
83
1
Sam Curran to Higgins, 1 run

backs away, and skips down to swat-pull this short ball to long-on

82
1
Sam Curran to Duckett, 1 run
81
2
Sam Curran to Duckett, 2 runs

change of pace. On a fullish length on middle and off, and chipped towards long-on

Sam Curran from over the wicket

Best performances - batters
WG Jacks
WG Jacks OI
81 runs (45)
7 fours4 sixes
Control
87%
Productive shot
slog shot
17 runs
1 four2 sixes
406121472810
JM Clarke
JM Clarke WF
37 runs (29)
3 fours2 sixes
Control
55%
Productive shot
off drive
8 runs
0 four1 six
04173769
Best performances - bowlers
SP Narine
SP Narine OI
B
20
0s
8
R
21
W
3
RPB
1.05
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
TossWelsh Fire (Men), elected to field first
Series
Season2022
Player Of The Match
Invincibles
Will Jacks
Match days7 August 2022 - day (100-ball match)
Umpires
England
Alex Wharf
England
Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
England
Paul Baldwin
Reserve Umpire
England
Paul Pollard
Balls per over5
Match Referee
Australia
Steve Davis
PointsOval Invincibles (Men) 2, Welsh Fire (Men) 0
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