James Vince sparkles as Southern Brave claim dominant opening-night win

Southern Courageous 109 for 1 (Vince 71*) beat Welsh Hearth 107 for 7 (Duckett 40, Jordan 2-16) by 9 wickets

James Vince continued his elegant white-ball kind as Southern Courageous started their Hundred defence with a nine-wicket education of Welsh Hearth. Courageous captain Vince was the Vitality Blast’s main scorer with 678 runs and started the second version of the Hundred with 71 off 41 balls, with opening accomplice Alex Davies hitting a complementary 26.

Earlier, Ben Duckett struck 40 off 31 balls, with the next-highest rating simply 11, as Hearth struggled to a under par 107 of their 100 balls. Craig Overton dominated the highest order with 2 for 21 earlier than Chris Jordan picked up 2 for 16. Vince, Davies and Marcus Stonis had been all of the batters wanted to complete the job with 31 balls to spare.

Vince had come off the again of a prolific Vitality Blast marketing campaign with Hampshire Hawks – the place he additionally captained his county to their third title. Hearth may to not cross up a possibility to dismiss him early – sadly, that simply what they did, Ryan Higgins fluffing his probability at deep backward sq. when Vince picked him out with the fifth ball, the misfield then operating away for 4.

A pair of boundaries by means of midwicket and level additional compounded the error, as Davies struck back-to-back fours off David Payne – the second a surprising straight drive.

Davies swatted a brief supply to Higgins off Jake Ball to fall with 36 runs wanted in 51 balls, however Vince lower firmly to convey up his half-century in 31 balls. He waited till he was on 55 earlier than slog-sweeping his first six, and Courageous eased to victory to keep up their excellent Ageas Bowl report – Vince additionally bettering his earlier Hundred better of 60.

Vince’s night started properly when received the toss, determined to bowl and noticed the Hearth high order lower all the way down to 31 for 3 within the 25-ball powerplay, after a spectacular firework show had delayed proceedings.

Courageous had been with out lightning quicks Jofra Archer, Tymal Mills and George Garton for numerous harm and illness-related points nevertheless it mattered little due to their depth. Overton had Joe Clarke stretching to miscue to cowl for a four-ball duck and Tom Banton hoicking to deep sq. leg, both facet of 41-year-old Michael Hogan bowling Ollie Pope – who missed a reverse sweep.

Duckett and Sam Hain placed on 25, the inning’s highest stand, however wickets continued to fall frequently. Jake Lintott spun his approach into the assault and his googly tickled Hain’s glove together with his second ball, whereas 17-year-old leg spinner Rehan Ahmed and James Fuller went at below a run-a-ball.

Fuller received the ultimate contact to a chaotic run out to see off Hearth captain, Josh Cobb, and Quinton de Kock’s stand-in simply held on to Ryan Higgins on the sq. boundary.

Duckett held issues collectively, though he survived a run out and dropped catch, dominating on the sweep and laps as all 5 of his boundaries got here behind the wicket. He finally top-edged Jordan to mid-on earlier than seeing Noor Ahmad jab the primary, and solely, six of the innings; however Hearth’s effort by no means seemed like being sufficient.

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