slower ball, back of a length, clothed to deep midwicket. And that's the end of that!
5.41pm Right, that's enough of that. Over to the men's match now, which has a rather similar jeopardy. A win for Brave, and they are closing in on the play-offs. A defeat for Fire and they are gone, gone, gone ... Peter Della Penna will bring the build-up shortly. From Miller, Valkerie and Ranjith, good night!
The Hero of the Match is Smriti Mandhana. "Definitely the girls have been brilliant in the last set of matches, proud that we will be at Lord's on 21st. We have a different match hero for every match so that says a lot. The bowlers deserve to celebrate a lot because we've won a lot of matches because of them. Luck went my way, but I kept going and didn't think about the catch dropped and the no-ball. Anya has been special, a great leader for us, clear with the plans and a great captain to play under."
5.35pm Southern Brave march straight into the final, Welsh Fire's interest in the tournament is over. Mandhana and Wyatt put this contest out of reach with a pair of belting half-centuries, and Fire never got going in reply, weighed down by the scale of their challenge, despite a trio of 30s from Smith, Redmayne and Luff. No stand-out bowlers, but none were needed. Just solid all the way through their options.
hacked high into the covers, Mandhana pouches the chance! A valiant effort from Luff, never had a chance of turning the tide, but has at least reduced the gulf
heaved out to deep square leg. Nearly there...
tonked off a full length, down to long on. If this was a Christmas turkey, it would be cremated by now
slower ball, hopping over the bails, another thrash through the line to no avail
clipped firmly into the gap at midwicket. The fifty partnership comes up! Absolute scenes...
flashed to the on-side
Graham: "I once got slapped with a moist Cod" Yep, it's come to this...
chance of a run-out, inside-edged into the front pad, the batters meet in the middle and decide to turn for home
flashed back at the bowler, round the wicket
loopy full-length, outside off, a slower ball, chasing the width and tonked over short cover
rolls the fingers on a slower ball, outside off, hops through the keeper past a hopeful slap
bashed out to deep midwicket, back of a length, a hopeful fling of the bat
onto the pads, tucked behind square, but Taylor is on hand to grab
picked off a good length, outside off, one bounce to mid-on
Ben: "What is your prejudice against a slap in the face with a damp kipper?" I'm a non-smoker
short and pulled, out to deep midwicket
crashed out to deep midwicket, on the bounce
flogged high over long-on again! There's a pulse! It's official!
tossed up, wide of off, luring the drive, out to wide long-off
clubbed across the line, into the gap at midwicket
|The Rose Bowl, Southampton|
|Toss||Welsh Fire (Women), elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||11 August 2021 - day (100-ball match)|
|Points||Southern Brave (Women) 2, Welsh Fire (Women) 0|