The Hundred: Deandra Dottin’s 50 unbeaten seals take London Spirit victory over Northern Superchargers | Cricket News
Deandra Dottin hammered an undefeated 50 on 34 balls to lead London Spirit to a seven-wicket victory at Lord’s and inflict a first Cent loss on Northern Superchargers.
HISTORY OF THE MATCH
Jemimah Rodrigues started off slow, but she quickly showed off the sweep to fight Spirit’s spinners and accelerated to 57 on 44 balls, sharing important partnerships with Laura Wolvaardt and Alice Davidson-Richards, both of whom contributed 22.
Average pace Sophie Munro, at 2-20 of 15, was the bowlers’ choice, while Deepti Sharma finished with 1-19 of 20 as London limited their visitors to what appeared to be a normal total.
Superchargers spinner Linsey Smith put the home team under pressure with numbers 2-15, including Spirit skipper Heather Knight’s key wicket leg before attempting a reverse sweep.
But Tammy Beaumont (42 of 36) added 56 for the third wicket with Dottin, whose powerful strike of the ball carried London over the line with two balls to spare.
Dottin ended the game with successive offside limits against Kalea Moore, the second of them bringing her first 50 of the tournament and ending the Superchargers’ unbeaten record.
Doubts may have crept into the Spirit camp when they lost Knight – and their hopes of victory would surely have completely vanished if Davidson-Richards’ Dottin bottom edge had deflected over the stumps at the start of his innings.
Luckily for Dottin, the ball flew to the border instead and London never looked back as the hard-hitting hitter scored only his second win of the tournament.
As one of Spirit’s renowned signings, Dottin’s arrival at the Hundred Festival was late – but it was worth the wait as she finished her losing run in style, hitting eight fours in her. 50 undefeated on 34 balls.
Three of them came from a set of five by Phoebe Graham, who was literally smacked all over the park with fierce pull, straight drive and cut as Spirit edged closer to a seven-wicket victory.
Danielle Gibson deserved better than the limit she conceded from a cunning inswinger who came close to ending Rodrigues’ stay at the fold when she only had eight under her belt.
The Superchargers hitter had a weak inside edge that was enough to deflect the ball past her stumps and far into the slender leg for four. Oh, what could have been …
QUEEN OF DANCE
Wolvaardt had the opportunity to show off his gymnastic skills while Rodrigues was in full swing on his second stand, clubbing a full throw from Sharma straight in front of the pitcher.
The non-attacker jumped into the air and did the splits to make sure she got out of the way – and referee Anna Harris then displayed similar agility, jumping to one side to escape Naomi Dattani’s direct conduct during the Spirit’s response.
WHAT THEY SAID
Deandra Dottin of London Spirit:
“I think today I gave myself a chance by taking my time and also assessing the pitch.
“In the first two games, I hit the Go button a little too early and didn’t give myself that opportunity.
“I was a little nervous, but I didn’t feel any pressure because I knew if I stayed there I would have the wrong balls to hit.
“We talked in the last strategic timeout about rotating the strike and recovering bad balls, but once I got the first four from Phoebe (Graham) where she had raised the field and had me allowed to strike halfway, she pushed the field back after that and I just capitalized. «
Jemimah Rodrigues from Northern Superchargers:
“When you’re in good shape, you just have to try and make the most of it. So I kept it simple, I timed the ball well in the net and when I go there I just want to continue my form as long as possible.
“I was happy that Laura (Wolvaardt) and I could share a very good partnership. At first Laura helped me a lot because I wasn’t reaching my limits but she hit three and then when I got my timing I started a bit too.
“We could have done our plans a little better, but it’s a learning curve and I still think losses teach you more than wins.
“It’s the first dream of any Indian player to play for his country, the second dream is to play at Lord’s and it was more special because I managed to score some points. «
We’re back at Edgbaston on Wednesday – and something must look like Birmingham Phoenix and Invincible Oval, both after consecutive defeats, will face off in the women’s match at 3.30 p.m.
Phoenix vs. Invincibles
August 4, 2021, 3:00 p.m.
Phoenix vs. Invincibles
August 4, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
They are followed by the men, who both fight to position themselves in and around the top three and set off at 7 p.m.
Both games are live on Sky Sports Mix, as well as the Sky Sports Cricket YouTube channel!
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