Curtains for Originals? Yep, as Jones is well short of her crease at the bowler's end. She misses the flick and it rolls off her pads to the leg side. They look to steal a quick leg-bye but the throw from Freeborn to Bryce is quick and the bowler disturbs the stumps at her end.
That's all Hemant, Venkat and I have for you from this first game of the women's double-header. Hoping to have your company for the next game! Don't forget to follow the first of the two games in the men's competition as well. Ciao!
Elyse Villani, Rockets captain: "Great way to start the campaign. I thought Freeborn's innings and Kingy's runs at the end was key. The plan was to attack the stumps and the fielders backed it up. It is literally wildcard. Things happened pretty quickly but I love captaining. It was a few days' notice but when you have people helping, it makes it early. We had the momentum on and it made sense to have Glenn bowl the second straight set. [About King] She's lovely and she's a character. She knows she has a job to do for the team and makes batters play shots that build pressure. She was outstanding and she loved it. [On their chat after the hat-trick] I actually told her that although you didn't get a hat-trick for Australia in the Commonwealth Games, you got one now and all's good in the world. The bowling innings pretty much went to plan."
Alana King, Match Hero: "We have got our first win on the board and that's what I am pumped about. I am here to do a job for the team and I am glad to do it. It was a fresh wicket and I could manage to contribute. [Doing well at Old Trafford, where the late Shane Warne bowled the 'ball of the century' to Mike Gatting] I hope he's looking down and feeling proud. I am so excited [to play in the Hundred] and it is an exciting bunch."
1:33pm A 43-run win for Rockets to kickstart their campaign this year! And it was all thanks, in a large share, to King. She first walked out with the bat to play a nine-ball cameo of 19 before turning up with the ball to pick up four wickets, including the first-ever hat-trick in the women's competition. Lee began the chase in right earnest but there was no plugging the wickets from the other end, before she also fell inside the powerplay. A complete bowling performance from Rockets, after seemingly lacking with the bat till about the final assault from King and Freeborn.
Dropped! Full ball outside off, the slow legcutter, was hacked back at her. But she spills it.
Bryce, who started Originals' fall.
Full and outside off, eased to long-off.
Low full toss on the stumps, gets it off the inner half to deep backward square leg for one.
Gently floated outside off, turns it to long-on.
Flatter and quicker on a length on middle and leg, worked away to deep square leg.
Tossed up outside off, comes down and hits it straight to cover. She could not get under that and ended up chipping it to Brunt. Easy wicket for Smith, soft dismissal for Threlkeld.
Smith for her final set.
On a length on the pads, flicked away through backward square leg for one.
Full on middle, hit wide of mid-on for one.
Slower ball, full on the pads. Misses the flick and steals a leg-bye.
Looks to move away and explore the area behind point but misses the length ball.
On a length on leg, clipped through square leg for one.
Spears it full down leg, Potts misses the flick. Freeborn does well to block that behind the stumps.
Brunt is back for her third set.
The two leggies in the Rockets side have managed to pick up six wickets between them today...
King can do no wrong today, can she? Old Trafford is witnessing an all-round show from her. A cameo with the bat, a hat-trick and now a terrific catch running in from deep midwicket. Campbell looked to heave a drag-down but only managed to get it high in the air. King ran in and dove full length to grab that.
Umanga: "King could have had 2 hattrick in a space of a month..Alas ! Not to be. :p" That is why she didn't take a chance this time.
Full toss on middle, eased down to long-on.
Mistimes her heave off the inner half towards long-on.
Tossed up fuller around middle and leg, comes down and works it away through midwicket.
Whipped away again to deep midwicket.
Campbell flicked it on the bounce to deep midwicket but the PA was glaring away and it was called dead-ball.
Fuller on middle and leg, pushed through mid-on.
And again! This time dour byes is the result. Once again Campbell comes down the track and misses it completely. This time Freeborn doesn't get a glove to it.