The Hundred: When Trent Rockets defeated London Spirit by an 18-run margin, they were able to maintain their position in The Hundred.
Story of the Match
The foundation for a score of 142 for four was laid by opener Bryony Smith’s 63 off 44 balls, which was largely supported by skipper Nat Sciver, who marked her 30th birthday at Trent Bridge by scoring an unbeaten 42 and capturing two wickets in two balls.
Spirit, who were effectively eliminated from contention after three straight losses, were never able to catch up in the pursuit despite Amelia Kerr of New Zealand and Naomi Dattani’s unbeaten 38 off 34 and 26 off 19 respectively.
Rockets had not reached a total of 119 in any of their first three games, but after being given the opportunity to do so, they did it with 16 balls remaining and just after Smith reached her first fifty of the season.
Elyse Villani set the tone by hitting five out of the first 15 balls for fours in a powerplay that resulted in 37 runs while effectively using the scoop and reverse sweep.
The flow of boundaries was stopped for 15 balls after Kerr’s googly had her out for 24 before Smith began to find her range with four runs in short succession.
At this time, Sciver was mostly a spectator, but after she had a chance to consider the pitch, she smacked Danielle Gibson for three straight fours.
Smith gambled after scoring a half-century in 39 balls. The skipper gave up 14 in her final set of five, and her power cut through the rope for maximums to the straight boundary off Gibson and Charlie Dean.
At the death, three wickets fell in eight balls as Smith holed out to deep midwicket, Sciver skied one to long-on, and Mignon du Preez was run out in between.
Sciver made contact with the ball, forcing Spirit to lose Beth Mooney for 13 points.
The captain remained focused on a steepling top edge to dismiss the opener caught and bowled before returning Alice Monaghan’s opening pitch for an off-stump catch.
Sciver’s effort at a hat-trick was successfully blocked by Kerr, but Spirit was dealt another blow when Grace Scrivens was caught in a leg spin by Australian leg spinner Alana King.
Spirit just needed 88 points from 50 balls after one boundary in 25 balls, and despite Kerr and Dattani keeping them just about in the game, they needed to find boundaries.
Sarah Glenn’s leg spin gave Kerr a chance to score, but she opted for the sweep, missed the following ball, and was ruled out.
Gibson was caught at short fine leg, and Sophie Luff holed out to extra cover as the visitors fell short, giving Smith the victory and capping her day.
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