The first edition of The Hundred was by all measures a success. TV audiences were up, and the crowds were bigger than had been seen in years.
At the same time, criticisms remain over how this may affect the county game. With England’s red-ball cricket struggling, there are still questions over whether four formats can all fit into an English summer. These questions, however, shouldn’t take away from the fantastic spectacle that was The Hundred.
The Australians in the competition were back to their best to finish off the tournament. Interestingly after a fantastic last six months Hobart Hurricanes power hitter Tim David picked up a contract for the last two matches with the Southern Brave. After being named in Australia’s T20 World Cup squad, Josh Inglis also showed why he was worthy of the selection.
In the men’s final, Tim David’s Southern Brave posted 5/168 from their 100 balls. They were too good for the Birmingham Phoenix, who could only manage 136.
The Women’s final was an easy win for the Oval Invincibles. The Invincibles posted 6/121 from 100 balls before bowling the Brave out for only 73. The Brave lost their top three all for ducks in an anticlimactic final.
The Inner Sanctum takes you through all the Australian action from the final week of the men’s and women’s Hundreds.
Chris Lynn (Northern Superchargers)
Lynn was back to his big hitting best in his final match of the competition. With Lynn’s Northern Superchargers already out of finals contention, the pressure was off. Lynn utilized that freedom to smash the ball to all parts of Headingly. He struck his way to 34 from 25, including two huge sixes and two boundaries. Lynn will now make his way back to Australia in preparation for the BBL.
Josh Inglis (London Spirit)
After plenty of speculation, including being selected in The Inner Sanctums T20 World Cup squad, George Bailey chose Inglis to travel to the UAE as part of Australia’s 15-man squad for the World Cup. Inglis seemed to take this news well, with him smashing yet another half-century for the London Spirit’s in their final match of the tournament.
Inglis made his way to 72 from 45 balls. Along the way, he hit three sixes and seven boundaries. Inglis will continue to be in the UK playing for Leicestershire in the T20 Blast finals.
D’Arcy Short (Trent Rockets)
Short was the only of the Australian men to not perform in his final match. Short’s run of bad form over the last month continued with the Trent Rockets bowled out for only 96. Short made only six of those runs before being out trying to turn a ball to the leg side that hit the splice of the bat. Short will now return to Australia ahead of the domestic season, where he will play for WA in the one-day cup before joining the Hurricanes again for the Big Bash.
Tim David (Southern Brave)
David doesn’t currently play for Australia, instead he chooses to play for his birthplace of Singapore. However, He is still eligible to play for Australia. With his current form and astounding rise over the last year, he would be firmly on the radar of head selector George Bailey.
The Brave drafted in David for the finals after they lost players through injury. David wasn’t required in his first match but got a bat in the final. It was a short and sweet innings with David smashing 15 from six balls. David will continue building on his form, going to play in the CPL (Caribbean Premier League) and the second half of the IPL after being given contracts for both in the last week by the St.Lucia Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectivley.
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Erin Burns (Birmingham Phoenix)
Burns continued her excellent form in her last two matches of the season. Hitting 28 not out from 22 balls in the final group game to finish an outstanding Phoenix innings. She continued well with the ball finishing her 20 balls with 1-21.
Unfortunately, the Phoenix didn’t go as well in the eliminator final. The side was bowled out for only 94, chasing victory. Burns took 1-13 from 15 balls before making 23 with the bat. Burns will now return to Australia to play for New South Wales in the WNCL and the WBBL, commencing in October.
Katie Mack (Birmingham Phoenix)
Mack continued to struggle in the Phoenix’s last two matches. She only scored over 30 once during the entire tournament. Mack made 14 from 15 in her final group match before being caught behind for a duck in the eliminator final.
Mack now returns to Australia where her attention turns to the WNCL with the ACT Meteors and the WBBL.
Amanda-Jade Wellington (Southern Brave)
Wellington was super impressive with the ball in the final for the Southern Brave. In recent weeks, Wellington has gone from strength to strength, consistently taking wickets and going at low economy rates. In the final, Wellington bowled 20 balls 1-24, taking the wicket of Fran Wilson.
Wellington couldn’t back this up with the bat making a three-ball duck during the Braves collapse. Wellington, unfortunately, missed out on Australian selection, so now returns to Australia to play for South Australia in the WNCL and the Strikers in the WBBL.
Laura Kimmince (Northern Superchargers)
The Superchargers struggled throughout the tournament, meaning Kimmince just had one final group match to play. It hasn’t been an excellent tournament for Kimmince, with just one score above 15.
Against the Phoenix in her last match, she made just 10 with the bat from 13 balls.
Kimmince will now return to Australia to play for Queensland and the Brisbane Heat.
Piepa Cleary (Welsh Fire)
The Welsh Fire also missed out on the finals meaning Cleary had just one match left to impress. Unfortunately, she was bowled on her second ball for a duck. But Cleary fared better with the ball, bowling 15 balls for 1-24. A little expensive, but she did manage the massive wicket of Tammy Beaumont.
Cleary will now return to play for Western Australia in the WNCL and the Perth Scorchers in the WBBL.
Georgia Redmayne (Welsh Fire)
Redmayne has continued her great form with another excellent knock in The Hundred. Redmayne was rewarded this week with a call up to the Australian side for the upcoming series against India. She hit her way to 35 from 28 balls in her final match before being bowled by Heather Knight.
Redmayne will now return to Australia and meet up with the Australian squad before taking on the Indians.
While The Hundred is over, the English season is far from done. Many Australians will stay in the country and finish off the T20 Blast and county championship. All before coming back for the Australian season, which is now only a few weeks away.