Another week of the Hundred has come and gone. Between the typical English rain, some cricket was played in The Hundred. The format seems to be growing on most people, with the tournament doing what the T20 Blast never could. That is being on TV every night and similarly to the IPL and Big Bash be appointment viewing.
This week we have seen big runs from the Australian men and consistent performances from the Australian women. Sydney Thunder Batsman Alex Hales was on the receiving end of not one but two consecutive hits where no man wants to be hit in an unfortunate series of events. D’Arcy Short is one of the men to miss out on any big scores this week.
The Inner Sanctum takes you through all the Aussies in action from the men’s and women’s Hundred competitions.
D’Arcy Short (Trent Rockets)
After a fast start to the competition last week, Short has struggled into the second week of competition. In the three games played, Short has only managed seven runs. He started with a three-ball duck against Birmingham, getting out to Sunil Narine. He then made his seven runs off nine balls.
Short couldn’t get any rhythm going before eventually being out to Kiwi speedster Adam Milne. It was then another duck for Short once again off the bowling of Narine. With a T20 world cup just around the corner, Short will need better performances to break into that squad.
Josh Inglis (London Spirit)
It was a week of complete opposites for Inglis, whose London Spirit only played two games. Inglis started with a massive score in the context of the Hundred. In a format where a century is near impossible, a 50 is the new milestone. Inglis smashed this with an excellent 55 from 43 balls before being caught behind. It was an innings that included two sixes as well as four boundaries. It was a must-watch innings for any Australian fan.
Unfortunately, his second game didn’t go well. The wicket-keeper batsman only scored two from four balls before being caught. Inglis is in excellent form, and it has made many ask why he isn’t already on the plane to the UAE for the world cup.
Chris Lynn (Northern Superchargers)
Lynn has had the complete opposite tournament of Short. Lynn started slowly but is now looking in incredible form. He started with a solid 48 from 48 balls. Although it sounds slow in a competition of only 100 balls, the team got the win and chased 127. Lynn didn’t quite fire in the second match of the week, only scoring 14. However, it did include three excellent boundaries.
It was a typical Lynn innings for the third match of the week. He made 26 from 22 balls, including four boundaries. Unfortunately, he couldn’t go on with a big score.
Piepa Cleary (Welsh Fire)
It has been a fantastic week for the Western Australian bowler. The Welsh Fire won two of three games for the week, and Cleary played a vital role in all three.
It was a wicketless affair for Cleary in her first match. From 15 balls bowled, she went for 20 runs. Her second game, however, was much better and where the wickets began for her. Cleary was economical, going for only 18 from 20 balls, including a vital wicket towards the end of the innings to secure a win. Cleary went one better in her third game, taking 2-21 from her 20 balls bowled, including the key wickets of Katherine Brunt and Nat Sciver.
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Georgia Redmayne (Welsh Fire)
Redmayne continued her excellent year of cricket this week with another series of good scores. Redmayne was part of a 101-run partnership with Hayley Matthews. Of this, Redmayne contributed 38 of the best from 35 balls, including four boundaries.
The Queenslander’s form continued into the second game, where reached 30 from 29 balls before being unfortunately run out. The final match wasn’t quite as good, being run out this time for only one run.
Erin Burns (Birmingham Phoenix)
What a week it has been for Erin Burns. She has seemed to go from strength to strength since agreeing to come to England for The Hundred. In her first match of the week, Burns opened the bowling alongside Issy Wong.
Burns went the journey a little bit, going for 12 from five balls bowled. She was only given the one over, with the bat it was an unfortunate three from eight balls. Burns’ second game was out of this world exciting. She smashed 45 from only 28 balls in an innings that included seven boundaries.
Burns also bowled ten balls, going for 15 runs. Burns has shown glimpses of international quality.
Heather Graham (Trent Rockets)
What a start of the week it was for Graham. She has continued her excellent form from the first week of the competition. In her first match, Graham started on fire. She smashed a huge 44 from only 21 balls. With a strike rate of almost 210, the innings included two sixes and four boundaries to get the Rockets to a winning total.
The Tasmanian also chipped in with one wicket while going for only 15 from 15 balls bowled. Her second game was one in which she was dominant with the ball. Graham bowled 20 balls and took 3-14.
Sammy-Jo Johnson (Trent Rockets)
While in week one of the competition, we saw Johnson dominate with the bat, this week it was all with the ball. She opened the batting in the week’s first match and continued exceptionally well with 29 from, only 21 balls. But it was with the ball where she shined.
Johnson bowled her 20 balls, taking a magnificent 3-28 to take the heart out of the Birmingham Phoenix’s run chase. It was similar in the second match; it may have been a duck with the bat, but her bowling was incredible. Once again, bowling 20 balls, this time 3-24.
Laura Kimmince (Northern Superchargers)
After dominating the first week of competition, it has been a slow week for Kimmince, who hasn’t been allowed to shine.
In her first match, she came in with only 40 balls to be bowled and unfortunately couldn’t capitalize. She made five from three balls before being caught. Her second match was much better, coming in at the end of the inning smashing 15 from only six balls in another display of sheer aggression. Kimmince wasn’t required in the Superchargers final match of the week.
Katie Mack (Birmingham Phoenix)
The second week of the competition has been solid without being outstanding for Mack. In her first match of the week, she came in at four and nudged the ball around.
Mack ended up on 24 from 29 balls before being bowled. Mack needs to develop a more significant power game to be successful in this format. She upped the pace in her second game hitting 14 from 10 balls, including three boundaries.
Amanda Jade-Wellington (Southern Brave)
Wellington has proved she is a class above the competition this week in the Hundred. She has demonstrated this week she is well on her way to being the best spinners in the world.
In her first game of the week, Wellington bowled her 20 balls, taking 2-16 in a performance that had the Phoenix in a spin. Her second game was the best of the week. She took 4-14 in some of the best bowling you are ever likely to see. Unfortunately, she went wicketless in her last two games, taking 0-21 and 0-15, respectively.
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