Marizane Kapp’s all-round heroics help Oval Invincibles clinch Hundred title


Kapp returns competition-best figures of 4 for 9 to bowl out Brave for 73

Oval Invincibles 121 for 6 (van Niekerk 26, Kapp 26, Shrubsole 2-16) beat Southern Brave 73 (Morris 23, Kapp 4-9) by 48 runs

The Oval Invincibles blew the Southern Brave away in the inaugural women’s Hundred final at Lord’s, bowling them out for 73, as Marizanne Kapp ripped through their top order in returning competition-best figures of 4 for 9.
The game was won inside ten balls of the run chase thanks to Kapp, who removed Brave’s top three for ducks and found prodigious outswing in ideal bowling conditions under the floodlights. She first nicked off Danni Wyatt and then had Sophia Dunkley caught at second slip as captain Dane van Niekerk went in for the kill, before Gaby Lewis top-edged a pull to short fine leg. At 2 for 3, Brave’s chase was over before it had started.

It was a fitting way for the final to be decided: an overseas star showcasing her international skill, helped by bold captaincy moves to exploit one of the competition’s key rule changes by leaving a strike bowler on for a second consecutive set of five balls from the same end. The chase fizzled out as Brave’s middle order froze, caught in the headlights of the biggest stage that women’s cricket has seen in the UK outside of World Cups; shortly after the seventh wicket, the ECB announced a record domestic attendance of 17,116.

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