Southern Brave move to the top of the table after an eight-wicket victory over Welsh Fire in The Hundred

Quinton de Kock gave a player of the match performance, scoring 57 runs to lead Southern Braves to an eight-wicket victory in the Southern Brace vs Welsh Fire in a cracker of a match held on August 11 at Ageas Bowl, Southampton, in The Hundred T20 schedule. Quinton scored his second successive fifty in just 29 balls, soon after his incredible 72 runs against Northern Superchargers in the previous match.

Southern Braves won the toss and elected to field, putting on such a dazzling show to restrict Welsh Fire to 144 runs from one hundred balls. When Southern Braves took their turn at the crease, they came out guns blazing with James Vince, the skipper leading the charge garnering 53 runs off 39 balls. Southern Braves chased and reached the target of 145 runs with 13 balls to spare.

This victory puts Southern Brave at the top of the table, one point ahead of Birmingham Phoenix and Trent Rockets, though they have played one extra match. It also secures a position in the play-off stage, reserved for the top three in the inaugural Hundred Series. Welsh Fire are out of The Hundred after losing their fifth consecutive match reduced to mere spectators just like their Women’s team who bowed out early.

Batters Tom Banton (36 off 20) and Ian Cockbain (26 0ff 10) had a faltering start to the match putting on 58 in 35 balls before being caught in the deep off Jake Lintott as Fire plummeted from 69-1 to 78-4. However, Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills played some inspired bowling to close out Fire’s bottom order. By the time a hundred balls were done, Fire had only managed 144 runs. Mills is touted to be a likely addition to England’s T20 team if he continues churning out such convincing performances.

Paul Stirling (18 off 7 balls) was the first batter on the crease for the Southern Braves, giving them an exuberant start before they unleashed the lethal Quinton and Vince combination. However, props go out to the Brave’s bowlers, who were clinical in their execution. The bowlers set the Braves up for a victory, with Danny Briggs and Lintott taking care of business. Briggs, the left-arm orthodox spin bowler and Jake Lintott, the left-arm wrist-spinner, each took two wickets. The final nail in the coffin for Fire was the pace bowling by Jordan, Mills and George Garton, who turned out for Surrey but who have fit right in The Hundred Series. Briggs might have earned himself recognition and a possible call up to the national squad if England decided to add firepower to their spinning repertoire.

Southern Braves next faces the Oval Invincibles at The Rose Bowl Southampton on August 16, 2021, and they will be looking for a fifth win on the trot. In addition, Southern Braves will hope to triumph in the play-off stage and make it to the final of The Hundred Series, which is slated for August 21, 2021, though the venue is yet to be announced.

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