27/02/2024

Australian all-rounder Alana King took the first hat-trick in The Hundred Womens' history in Week One (Picture: Cricket Australia/Twitter)

After it’s inaugural season last year, The Hundred Women’s has returned for 2022. Week One saw plenty of action happen in the opening week with a number of stars taking to the field.

From Australian Beth Mooney, to international icon Lauren Windfield-Hill, here’s your look at how the stars dazzled during the first week.

Oval Invincibles v Northern Superchargers

Oval Invincibles (146-1) defeated the Northern Superchargers (143-5)

The Oval Invincibles secured the win against the Northern Superchargers by nine wickets.

English wicket-keeper and batter, Lauren Windfield-Hill proved crucial in the win in the opening match of the season. The 31-year-old stunned with her performance that consisted of an unbeaten 74 runs from 42 balls.

It follows a strong start from the Superchargers who had a list of contributors on the board that saw them post a score of 143 runs for five wickets. Young Indian star Jemimah Rodrigues was a standout, particularly with the 51 runs of hers that helped make up her side’s score, although she was later dismissed during this innings.

Rising South African batter Laura Wolvaardt was another Supercharger who shone on the field. Wolvaardt made 49 runs to 39 balls and helped to keep the Supercharges hopes alive following Rodrigues’ wicket falling.

A powerful surge from the Invincibles, including the dynamic duo of Windfield-Hill and New Zealand all-rounder Susie Bates helped to secure the win against the Superchargers.

Southern Brave v London Spirit

Southern Brave (159-4) defeated London Spirit (155-4)

Beth Mooney marked her The Hundred debut with an impressive first performance in the tournament. Despite her presence on the field, it wasn’t enough to deter the Southern Brave from taking out the game by six wickets.

Mooney made history with an unbeaten 97 from 55 balls, which was the highest individual score made by anyone in the Women’s Hundred tournament.

The Brave’s Danni Wyatt shone for the side at the Ageas Bowl, scoring 64 runs from just 34 deliveries. Hitting 14 boundaries in this game, her brilliant run ended after being run out.

English all-rounder Sophia Dunkley further added to the Braves’ good fortunes in the opener. She struck 12 fours and two sixes finishing the game with an unbeaten 34.

The London Spirit can be proud of their performance given that several key players stood out in their loss.

Mooney was the top player for the Spirit with her 97 runs from 55 balls. New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr also proved crucial in the loss, making 37 runs off 27 balls.

Manchester Originals v Trent Rockets

Trent Rockets (119-5) defeated Manchester Originals (76 all out)

The Rockets lit up Old Trafford and defeated their opponents by 43 runs in what was an intense thriller.

It was a dream run for Australian Alana King as she impressed fans in her debut during Trent Rockets’ stellar win against Manchester Originals. The 26-year-old’s debut campaign saw her pull a stellar performance in the field, as well as with the ball and bat.

King delivered a standout performance that was worthy of being the player of the match. She finished with 4-15 from 20 deliveries. The Australian also made history after making the first hat-trick of the Women’s competition.

Despite the absences of Australian captain Meg Lanning and captain Nat Sciver, the Rockets managed to get on top of Manchester. This was despite slipping to 4-43 after 40 balls.

Along with King, there were other contributors on the board to aid with the winning side. This included Abbey Freeborn (45 runs off 38 balls) who teamed up with King in the batting stakes to deliver the top score for the home side.

Despite performances from the likes of Deandra Dottin (2-21), Lizelle Lee (17 off 13) and Amy Satterthwaite (9 off 15), it wasn’t enough for the Originals to take down the in-form Rockets.

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Welsh Fire v Birmingham Phoenix

Birmingham Phoenix (161-5) defeated Welsh Fire (142-5)

Ellyse Perry put on a masterclass in the Birmingam Phoenix’s 19-run game against the Welsh Fire.

The Australian all-rounder was on fire during her debut, helping to make up for the loss of important players early on. Following Eve Jones and Amy Jones‘ early departure in the innings, the 31-year-old stepped up had a stellar performance of 58 off 31 balls.

It was a slow start for the Phoenix with the Fire firing up early in the game. Tammy Beaumount (39 runs, 34 balls), Hayley Matthews (20 runs, 15 balls) and Australian Annabel Sutherland (34 runs, 21 balls) were the top scorers for the side.

The early lead from the Fire soon ended quickly as the Phoenix crawled back to bag the win at Sophia Gardens. Aside from Perry, the winning score was also helped by the performances by Phoenix’s Sophie Devine and Sophie Molineux.

Captain Devine made 48 runs from just 25 balls. Whilst, Molineux contributed nicely to the scoreboard with her performance made up of 29 runs off 29 balls.

Northern Superchargers v London Spirit

Northern Superchargers (127-4) defeated London Spirit (122-7)

All it took was five runs to separate the winner out of this tight contest but it was the Northern Superchargers who blitzed the game and claimed the win in Headingley.

Things started to unravel for the London Spirit after losing two wickets and star opener Mooney off in a matter of moments. Later on, Alice Davidson-Richards was edged out by Danielle Gibson by a fine leg.

It seemed that the Northern Superchargers took immediate advantage of their opponents.

Bess Heath was on fire during the match scoring 57 runs from just 34 balls. While South Africa’s Wolvaardt continued her rich vein of form with 24 runs from 29 balls.

Whilst strong performances were seen from the Spirit’s Sophie Luff (39 runs and 30 balls) and Mooney, it wasn’t enough to stop the Superchargers.

Oval Invincibles v Southern Brave

Southern Brave (153-8) defeated Oval Invincibles (141-7)

It was the Southern Brave that took out the win in a replay of last year’s grand final, defeating the Oval Invincibles by just 12 runs.

Whilst Australian’s Amanda Jade-Wellington and Tahlia McGrath got among the day’s action, the main highlight came through the form of Georgia Adams. Adams was named the player of the match following her performance that consisted of 18 runs and 13 balls.

The 28-year-old’s presence was felt early on from the opening, putting on a show in front of her old side the Southern Brave.

Smriti Mandhana was another contributor for the side as she scored 46 off 25 balls. As too was Freya Kemp who made 24 runs.

The Invincibles were unable to overthrow their opponents as Windfield-Hill was the only player on the squad to score more than 20.

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