Sammy Jo-Johnson The Hundred

Sammy Jo-Johnson has been the stand out Australian in The Hundred (credit espncricinfo twitter)

The Hundred group stages are almost over and the Australians have the English in a spin, which Australian has been best this week?

The Hundred has continued to entertain huge crowds in the UK. The women’s competition has consistently brought crowds of more than 10,000 with the cricket taking centre stage as the entertainment rolls on.

In the Men’s competition, the Australians have had a tough week. Not a single male Aussie batsman has managed a decent score. The women, on the other hand, have been flying the Aussie flag high. While many Australian women in The Hundred aren’t first-choice Australian players, they still look a step ahead of their English counterparts.

Coming into the final matches of the group stages, Only D’Arcy Short’s Trent Rockets will make the finals on the men’s side of the competition. Chris Lynn and Josh Inglis will both only have one more match to prove themselves. In the Women’s competition, Southern Brave is the only way to guarantee to get out of the group stages.

The Inner Sanctum takes you through all the Aussies and their performances in the latest rounds of the men’s and women’s Hundred competitions.

Josh Inglis (London Spirit)

After a massive start to the competition, Inglis is starting to slow down now as the Spirit’s season is coming to a close. Inglis’ ability to hit boundaries at will has been unmatched over the last six months. His form has been so good that The Inner Sanctum even picked him in Australia’s T20 World Cup team in the UAE in October.

Inglis made a solid but unremarkable 19 from 15 balls in his first hit of the week. Things got worse with him only making two from five balls in his second match.

Chris Lynn (Northern Superchargers)

Lynn hasn’t managed to live up to his reputation as a massive six-hitter during The Hundred. Most of his innings have been, at best, a run a ball. While he has scored some runs, they haven’t come at a quick enough strike rate for this competition.

However, this week in his only innings, Lynn’s strike rate was over 200. He made 15 from seven, including two huge sixes. Unfortunately, he couldn’t go on with it. The Superchargers only have one match left, and Lynn only has one opportunity to show everyone in the UK his best.

D’Arcy Short (Trent Rockets)

Short began the tournament with two half-centuries in his first three innings. Unfortunately, this form didn’t continue. He hasn’t managed to get out of double figures in his last five matches, only mustering a highest score of seven since.

Short has experienced such a turnaround in form that he was dropped down the order for his final game. His scores in his last two matches of The Hundred were five from eight balls and then four from one.

D’Arcy Short hits a boundary first ball to get the win

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Piepa Cleary (Welsh Fire)

In her only match this week, it was a tough one for Cleary. While Cleary has had a good tournament to date, that didn’t translate into the Welsh Fires match against the Southern Brave. She only bowled 15 balls in the game, going wicketless, finishing with figures of 0-28.

Georgia Redmayne (Welsh Fire)

Redmayne has had a solid tournament but hasn’t blown anyone away. After her last tremendous WNCL season, Redmayne was heralded as one of the best players outside of the Australian team. Her skills with the bat have been the only thing keeping the last-placed Welsh Fire in many of its matches.

She made 35 from 27 in her seventh tournament match and her only match of the week.

Sammy-Jo Johnson (Trent Rockets)

Johnson has put her name in the ring to be player of the tournament so far. Her form with both bat and ball has been incredible. In her first game of the week, she smashed her way to 16 from 14 balls before providing the lone defence with the ball.

She bowled 19 balls, taking 3-22. In her second match, Johnson starred with the bat, playing her way to 33 from 20 balls, including four massive sixes in an epic display of power hitting.

Amanda-Jade Wellington (Southern Brave)

Wellington has continued her incredible form across her seven matches in The Hundred. The leg spinner has taken nine wickets from seven games and is looking in career-best form. She has proved to be a massive part of the Southern Brave, being top of the ladder and particular finalists.

In her only match, she was a little expensive; however, she took a massive wicket of Hayley Matthews, in her figures of 20 balls 1-33. She will play an enormous part in the Southern Braves finals run.

Heather Graham (Trent Rockets)

Graham has enjoyed a consistent tournament throughout The Hundred, after coming in as a late replacement player. The side however didn’t qualify for finals and has now played all eight group matches.

In her final two games, Graham was necessary for the Rockets. She scored 26 from 234 in her first match with ten balls bowled, going for 17 runs. Her second match was similar 21 from 22 with the bat, and 0-6 from five balls bowled.

Erin Burns (Birmingham Phoenix)

Burns has hit form at the right time of the tournament after a slow start with the Phoenix. Her last two matches have been incredible. In her seventh match against the Trent Rockets, Burns was the star with the bat, she smashed a huge 38 from 26 balls, including six wonderfully timed boundaries.

Importantly she also bowled well. From 15 balls bowled, she took 1-15, including the critical wicket of Sammy-Jo Johnson.

Burns took home the player of the match award for her excellent 36 from 26

Katie Mack (Birmingham Phoenix)

Mack has been the surprise of the tournament for many. She was highly underrated going into The Hundred but has shown she has class with some outstanding scores. However, it was a much quieter contribution from the South Australian this week, on managing seven from seven deliveries in one of her more disappointing showings this competition.

Luckily the Phoenix are still in the finals run with one more group game to be played. Mack still has time to leave a more significant impression on the English.

The Hundred is almost complete with just one more week of competition left to be played. The final of both men’s and women’s competitions will be played on the 22nd of August live from Lords.

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