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Eliminator, The Oval, Aug 20 2021, The Hundred Women's Competition
Invincibles won by 20 runs
Player Of The Match
4/10
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Tash Farrant, Marizanne Kapp share seven wickets as Invincibles scrap into final

Invincibles produce magic moments in the field to defend below-par total

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Scorecard summary
Oval Invincibles (Women)114/7(100 balls)
Birmingham Phoenix (Women)94/10(94 balls)
Amy Jones35 (25)
Erin Burns23 (22)

5.34 pm Only the slightest of blemishes in the field for Invincibles with one catch put down behind the stumps, but otherwise this was one of the highest-class team catching performances you'll ever see in men's or women's cricket in a high-pressure, low target chase in a knockout stage match.

Match Hero is Tash Farrant for her 4 for 10 and a sensational catch at mid-off: "It means the world. I feel very emotional to be honest trying not to cry. We knew we didn't get enough runs but with our bowling attack we were really confident and so proud of the team. It was an unbelievable effort. The captain said, 'Don't leave anything out on the pitch, give 100%' We've been bowling well all tournament so we knew we could defend that total and luckily it paid off. I just threw my body at it [the catch at mid-off to dismiss Amy Jones]. I knew that we needed something special because they were building a really nice partnership and obviously Amy Jones is a gun batter. So it needed something special and I just sort of held it. I don't really know what happened to be honest. I think we pride ourselves with our fielding. We weren't really happy with how we fielded last game. So we wanted to put that right. All the girls out there did amazing, put our bodies on the line and I'm just so happy for the team. That [partnership between Kapp and Capsey] was absolutely brilliant. Obviously Kapp has got so much experience and then Capsey came in and took on the more attacking role in that and got us to a score we were able to defend so that was a vital partnership. I think we'll take a lot of momentum from this and know that we can win from any position but obviously we're super excited to play at Lord's tomorrow."

That's it from coverage of the Women's Eliminator. Head over to the start of coverage from the men's feed. For Alan Gardner, I'm Peter Della Penna. And don't forget to come back tomorrow for the Women's Hundred Final at Lord's!

94
W
Farrant to Gordon, OUT

how fitting for Kapp to take the final catch to seal Invincibles place in the final! Short and wide, slaps a fierce cut but at catching height to Kapp at cover on the ring, who takes this at rib height. Invincibles have produced a memorably stirring fightback to seal their place in the final at Lord's!

Kirstie Gordon c Kapp b Farrant 5 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33
93
1
Farrant to Maqsood, 1 run

full on the stumps, slapped down the ground.

Phoenix dugout looks beyond shellshocked right now. They were flying high 30 minutes or so ago. How the tables have turned.

92
W
Farrant to Arlott, OUT

full on off, slogs this high toward Ismail at long-on, she charges in and settles for the chance taking it crouching on her right knee 10 yards inside the rope.

Emily Arlott c Ismail b Farrant 2 (9m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57
91
1
Farrant to Gordon, 1 run

full on the legs, flicked behind square for one.

Kapp and Farrant both have five left. Farrant will bowl her set first, and Kapp to follow, if the match lasts that long. 22 runs needed off 10 balls, but Phoenix only have two wickets left.

CHANGE OF END
after 90 balls7 runs • 1 wicket
BP-W: 92/8Need 23 from 10 balls
Kirstie Gordon4 (4)
Emily Arlott2 (6)
Alice Capsey 1/18 (20)
90
1
Capsey to Gordon, 1 run

full on fourth stump, slogs this high toward long-on, falls well short of Kapp charging in.

89
2
Capsey to Gordon, 2 runs

good length ball chipped over wide long-on for a well-run pair.

88
Capsey to Gordon, no run

full and wide, can't slap this away.

87
1
Capsey to Arlott, 1 run

another good length ball flicked through the ring.

86
1
Capsey to Gordon, 1 run

good length ball flicked away.

Capsey will bowl 10 straight after that caught and bowled as the pressure rises.

85
W
Capsey to Elwiss, OUT

Capsey one-ups Farrant and van Niekerk with a sensational return catch! Flighted full on off, Elwiss charges for a firmly struck lofted straight drive, but Capsey climbs a ladder to pluck this high over her head with a stupendous leaping effort to intercept it high above her head. Invincibles are living up to their name with some of the catching this innings.

Georgia Elwiss c & b Capsey 2 (8m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
84
1
Capsey to Arlott, 1 run

charges to convert this into a knee high full toss on off and drags it along the ground to long-on.

83
Capsey to Arlott, no run

good length on off stump again, slapped back to Capsey.

82
Capsey to Arlott, no run

full on middle, pushed tentatively back to the bowler.

81
1
Capsey to Elwiss, 1 run

full and chipped down the ground for one.

Capsey returns for her third set of five.

CHANGE OF END
after 80 balls1 run • 1 wicket
BP-W: 85/7Need 30 from 20 balls
Emily Arlott0 (2)
Georgia Elwiss1 (1)
Tash Farrant 2/8 (15)

Stunning turnaround in the field by Invincibles. Phoenix were cruising to the target when Jones and Burns were together for their half-century stand, but the match has turned upside down after they fell off consecutive balls.

80
Farrant to Arlott, no run

slower ball full on off stump, punched conservatively to extra cover.

79
Farrant to Arlott, no run

full on fifth stump, misses a wild heave.

Farrant comes around the wicket now.

78
W
Farrant to Davies, OUT

slower ball on off at 49 mph, Davies tries to heave over the leg side but is thrown off by the change of pace, skies this over Bryce behind the stumps shuffling to her left towards fine leg and pouches a simple chance. She fluffed one earlier but with the pressure building, the Scottish international holds her nerve to claim this one.

Gwenan Davies c †Bryce b Farrant 12 (21m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 75
77
Farrant to Davies, no run

charges and mistimes a full ball off her pads back to Farrant, who fields in her follow-through and underhands direct into the striker's stumps but Davies scampers back in time.

76
1
Farrant to Elwiss, 1 run

good length ball flicked fine.

Farrant back into the attack.

after 75 balls1 run • 1 wicket
BP-W: 84/6Need 31 from 25 balls
Gwenan Davies12 (14)
Shabnim Ismail 1/15 (20)

Dave: "What an enjoyable game this has been. Just when it was getting away from OI their skipper atones for a poor batting performance by striking with the ball." And it's really down to the South African bowling trio in this chase.

75
W
Ismail to Wong, OUT

what kind of shot was that?! Wong increases the pressure on Phoenix with a rash attempt at a scoop over fine leg, goes too far across her stumps and leaves them exposed while missing the audacious shot attempt as Ismail rips out leg stump halfway up.

Issy Wong b Ismail 1 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
Best performances - batters
Marizanne Kapp portrait
M Kapp OI-W
37 runs (37)
4 fours
1 six
Control83%
Productive shot
cover drive
13 runs
3 fours
0 six
410290138
Amy Jones portrait
AE Jones BP-W
35 runs (25)
6 fours
0 six
Control84%
Productive shot
flick
9 runs
2 fours
0 six
081112139
Best performances - bowlers
Natasha Farrant portrait
NE Farrant OI-W
B
19
0s
13
R
10
W
4
RPB
0.52
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Marizanne Kapp portrait
M Kapp OI-W
B
15
0s
7
R
21
W
3
RPB
1.40
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Kennington Oval, London
TossBirmingham Phoenix (Women), elected to field first
SeriesThe Hundred Women's Competition
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Tash Farrant
Tash Farrant
Series resultOval Invincibles (Women) advanced
Match days20 August 2021 - day (100-ball match)
Umpires
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Anna Harris
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Rob Bailey
TV Umpire
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Neil Bainton
Reserve Umpire
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Sarah Bartlett
Balls per over5
Match Referee
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Tim Boon