The Hundred: Alice Capsey stars as Oval Invincibles secure crucial victory over Birmingham Phoenix | cricket news

Alice Capsey took three wickets as the Invincibles secured a crucial victory over Birmingham Phoenix; Lauren Winfield-Hill shone with the bat for the locals, hitting 41 of 38 balls; watch every game from The Hundred this summer live on Sky Sports

Last update: 08/23/22 6:38 pm

Alice Capsey was on song with the ball, taking three wickets for just 15 runs.

Alice Capsey was on song with the ball, taking three wickets for just 15 runs.

Alice Capsey’s devastating bowling display led the Oval Invincibles to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Birmingham Phoenix at the Kia Oval in a repeat of last year’s Hundred Eliminator.

The Oval Invincibles win!

Oval Invincibles 107-2 of 87 balls:

Winfield-Hill (41 of 38 balls), Bates (17 of 11 balls), Capsey (20 of 18 balls), Van Niekerk (21 of 21 balls); Franklin (20-1 from 10 balls), Arlott (8-1 from 17 balls)

Birmingham Phoenix 106-7 from 100 balls:

Jones (29 of 29 balls), Jones (18 of 20 balls), Perry (10 of 13 balls); Capsey (15-3 from 20 balls), Smale (18-1 from 20 balls)

match history

The 18-year-old posted the best Invincibles figures of the competition so far, making three from 15 as the home team reigned victorious in cloudy conditions in the capital.

Seeking revenge for their loss in last season’s Eliminator, Phoenix set up 107 to win, which the home team made light of.

Fierce hitting from Lauren Winfield-Hill (41), Dane van Niekerk (21) and Capsey (20) saw the Invincibles cruise home with 13 balls to spare.

Phoenix should have been full of confidence having earned three wins from their first three games, but they seemed completely shaken by the Invincibles’ impressive bowling attack.

Shabnim Ismail’s great pace and Sophia Smale’s sensational spin proved to be too much for the blue-chip Phoenixes to handle on the power play, with only 27 runs coming from the opening 30 balls.

Smale has had a fantastic tournament so far and continued to impress by firing Phoenix captain Sophie Devine with an exceptional catch at her own bowling alley.

Phoenix couldn’t pick up any momentum, and the Invincibles’ frugal bowling, led by teenagers Smale and Capsey, kept the pace below a run for much of the innings.

Amy Jones has been in sumptuous form for Phoenix so far this season but never really got going, meandering all the way to 18 before departing for Capsey.

The dangerous Ellyse Perry was also unable to raise the rate and scored just 10 before falling to Mady Villiers.

Eve Jones was the hitters’ choice for Phoenix scoring a run-a-ball 29, but fell to Capsey just two deliveries later.

A 15 cameo from Emily Arlott lifted Phoenix over the 100 mark, but it seemed like a below-average total for the away side.

In response, the Invincibles looked like they wanted to finish the game quickly.

Lauren Winfield-Hill put on another brilliant display with the bat as the Invincibles chased 107

Lauren Winfield-Hill put on another brilliant display with the bat as the Invincibles chased 107

Kiwi great Suzie Bates crushed four straight against Issy Wong. She hit another two limits to delight the home crowd before departing for the 17th.

Winfield-Hill picked up where Bates left off, hitting Sophie Molineux for four and then following it up with a powerful six in the same set.

The destructive Capsey then joined the party, smashing a six with her third delivery en route to 20-for-18, before leaving for Arlott.

Captain Van Niekerk then entered the field and, having been controversially excluded from the previous game, seemed determined to prove the selection decision was a mistake.

Though she was lucky not to be written off when Amy Jones missed what should have been an easy breakaway, the Invincibles captain made Phoenix pay with straight fours over the next two deliveries.

Jones then gave Van Niekerk another lifeline when he dropped an Arlott catch.

Meanwhile, at the other end, Winfield-Hill continued to light up the Kia Oval with back-to-back limits in front of Phoebe Franklin en route to victory.

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Hero of the match, Alice Capsey (20 of 18 balls, 15-3)

“It was a great game for us, obviously playing Phoenix, who are three out of three, so to come out here and get a dominating win was unbelievable.

“To contribute to that, and the team was amazing, so that was great.

“I think we were just trying to keep it really simple, the bowl full and straight to the stumps and pretty much if they miss, we hit it.

“I think the fielders were absolutely amazing, they backed us up.

“We felt really good and the energy continued through the 100 balls, so that was great.”

what they say

Oval Invincibles captain Dane van Niekerk said: “It’s been good to be back in the park and get a win.

“Birmingham Phoenix have been going really well and we had a lot of nerves going into this game, they have a great setup.

“As a captain I couldn’t ask for more.

“Everything just clicked into the field.

“It was very close to a perfect performance in my opinion.”

Whats Next?

Next up in The Hundred is a double header at Lord’s as London Spirit welcomes Welsh Fire. The women’s match will start at 3:00 p.m. and the men’s match at 6:30 p.m.

Welsh Spirit Against Fire

August 24, 2022, 2:30 p.m.

To live

Welsh Spirit Against Fire

August 24, 2022, 6:00 p.m.

To live

For the Invincibles, they also have a visit to Lord’s next up on Saturday, with the women’s match at 3.30pm and the men’s at 7pm.

The Birmingham Phoenix will be in action on Sunday when they take on the Manchester Originals at home ground (same times as above).

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