Southern Brave Women cruised past Oval Invincibles to end a magnificent Group Stage. Brave Men endured a nervy match but emerged winners and secured a top three spot.
Cazoo Match Hero in the Women's Competition match. Dunkley's innings stands out in an odd batting performance by Southern Brave. She struck 58 from 39 looking in complete control, while only one other batter scored at faster than a run per ball - and that was Maia Bouchier, who scored two runs from one ball. It worked out perfectly for Brave though, Dunkley's batting setting up a big enough total for the bowlers to defend.
Defend? More like attack. Wellington has been a constant danger for batters throughout the competition but it was at another level here. 20 balls, 12 runs conceded, four wickets taken. It's the best bowling performance in the Women's Competition and she tore through the Invincibles batting line-up. Her wicket of Marizanne Kapp begun a collapse of eight wickets for 21 runs in 31 balls. Remarkable stuff.
Bell more than played her part in the evisceration of Invincibles' batting. Having caught and bowled Mady Villiers, Bell returned later to dismiss Sarah Bryce and Tash Farrant in consecutive balls. The first hat-trick in the Women's Competition? Not quite, but she came close, and bowled brilliantly. It was easy to see
Invincibles got off to one of the best starts of the competition with the bat, thanks mostly to Jacks. He smashed the ball to all parts of The Ageas Bowl with ease. Jacks scored 39 from just 13 balls before being caught, but he had already done a wonderful job for his team.
That Invincibles were in such a tricky situation was due largely to the bowling of Lintott, who has had a superb competition. He moved up to ten wickets with another outstanding display. Lintott spins the ball both ways and batters find it so difficult to work out when he releases the ball which way it will spin. Bowling Sam Billings as he tried to reverse sweep was the pick of his three wickets, while he conceded just 14 runs.
Southern Brave qualified for the knockout stage with a big six off Davies' bat. And it had been his bat which led Brave there to begin with. Brave needed 103 from 72 balls with three batters already out, but Davies was a cool head. Colin de Grandhomme joined him and together they took the match away from Invincibles. Davies was named Cazoo Match Hero and deservedly so.