|The Hundred, Edgbaston|
|Birmingham Phoenix 129-9 (100 balls): Burns 45 (28); Farrant 3-23|
|Oval Invincibles 133-2 (97 balls): Van Niekerk 67* (51)|
|Invincibles win by eight wickets|
Dropped catches value Birmingham Phoenix as Dane van Niekerk guided Oval Invincibles to an eight-wicket victory at Edgbaston within the girls’s Hundred.
Van Niekerk hit a traditional captain’s knock – an assured 67 not out from 51 balls – as Invincibles chased 130 with three balls to spare.
But the Phoenix dropped 4 catches, together with South Africa worldwide Van Niekerk on 41.
They additionally put down Georgia Adams twice because the Invincibles opener hit 42 in a gap partnership of 90 with Van Niekerk.
Phoenix edged again into the sport after Adams was dismissed however, with 14 wanted from eight balls, Van Niekerk hit a 4 and a six in consecutive balls.
Invincibles keep third within the desk however have six factors, two behind leaders Southern Brave having performed a recreation extra. Phoenix are seventh on two factors and are struggling to achieve the latter phases.
A captain’s knock after a tactical tweak
Middlesex all-rounder Chris Green, a BBC pundit for the sport, put it completely on the end.
“Dane van Niekerk, take a bow,” he stated. “That was outstanding.”
Van Niekerk is the present South Africa captain. She has performed 185 occasions for her nation. All of that have confirmed.
When the sport bought shut on the finish she was the calmest particular person in Birmingham and twice whacked Phoebe Franklin for boundaries – the second her clear strike for six over mid-wicket.
Her innings additionally got here after a key tactical tweak.
Oval Invincibles had did not chase comparatively simple targets of 113 and 110 of their previous two video games and their in-form skipper promoted herself to the highest of the order from quantity 5.
It paid off massive time – the South Africa worldwide giving their innings impetus from the start.
Drops value Phoenix
But Van Niekerk mustn’t have been given the possibility to take her aspect dwelling.
With 60 runs wanted from 41 balls – the sport on no account achieved – she mistimed an attacking shot and the ball looped to Kirstie Gordon at mid-off. Gordon moved a number of steps to her left however put down the best of probabilities.
In a giant swing of momentum, the subsequent two deliveries had been hit for 4.
Gordon was culpable once more quickly after, dropping 16-year-old Alice Capsey, who hit the successful runs, first ball in a disappointing Phoenix fielding show.
Gwen Davies spilled one other straightforward probability to dismiss Adams on 34, letting the ball by her arms on the boundary edge.
Adams had already been dropped by Katie Mack on 12 however this was a tough probability operating in from the deep.
Those drops value Phoenix the sport and probably their hopes of successful the event. With three video games to play they’re 4 factors off third place – the place wanted to qualify for the eliminator.