August 11, 2022

James Vince continued his sensible white-ball kind as Southern Courageous started their Hundred defence with a nine-wicket hammering of Welsh Fireplace.

Courageous captain Vince was the Vitality Blast’s main scorer with 678 runs and commenced the second version of the Hundred with 71 off 41 balls, with opening companion Alex Davies hitting a complementary 26.

Earlier, Fireplace skipper Ben Duckett struck 40 off 31 deliveries, with the following highest rating simply 11, as Fireplace struggled to a under par 107 for seven of their 100 balls.

James Vince (proper) was damaging with the bat because the Southern Courageous beat Welsh Fireplace

Brave captain Vince smashed 71 off 41 balls as the defending champions won by nine wickets

Courageous captain Vince smashed 71 off 41 balls because the defending champions received by 9 wickets

Craig Overton dominated the highest order with two for 21 earlier than Chris Jordan picked up two for 16 earlier than Vince, Davies and Marcus Stoinis have been all of the batters wanted to complete the job with 31 balls to spare.

Vince had come off the again of a superb Vitality Blast marketing campaign with Hampshire – the place he additionally captained his county to their third title.

It was crucial to not cross up the chance to dismiss him early. Sadly, Ryan Higgins fluffed his likelihood and dropped Vince to the boundary with the fifth ball.

A pair of boundaries via midwicket and level shortly pronounced the error, as Davies struck back-to-back fours off David Payne – the second a surprising straight drive.

Davies swatted a brief supply from Higgins to fall with 36 runs wanted in 51 balls whereas Vince shortly minimize firmly to convey up his half-century in 31 deliveries.

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He waited till he was on 55 earlier than slog-sweeping his first six earlier than Courageous shortly scuttled to victory to keep up their excellent Ageas Bowl report – Vince bettering his better of 60 in 2021.

Earlier, Courageous received the toss, determined to bowl and minimize the Fireplace prime order right down to 31 for 3 within the 25-ball powerplay, after a spectacular firework show had delayed proceedings.

Courageous have been with out lightning quicks Jofra Archer, Tymal Mills and George Garton for varied damage and illness-related points nevertheless it mattered little due to their depth.

Overton had Joe Clarke stretching to miscue to cowl for a four-ball duck and Tom Banton hoicking to deep square-leg, with 41-year-old Michael Hogan bowling Ollie Pope – who missed a reverse sweep.

Duckett and Sam Hain placed on 25, the innings’ highest stand, however wickets continued to fall recurrently.

Jake Lintott spun his manner into the assault and his googly tickled Hain’s glove together with his second ball, whereas 17-year-old leg spinner Rehan Ahmed and James Fuller’s evaluation whereas wicketless went at underneath a run-a-ball.

Fuller received the ultimate contact to a chaotic run-out to see Josh Cobb perish and Quinton de Kock’s stand-in simply held on to Higgins on the sq. boundary.

Left-handed Duckett held issues collectively, though he survived a run-out and dropped catch however dominated on the sweep as all 5 of his boundaries got here behind the wicket.

He lobbed Jordan to mid-on earlier than seeing the teenage Afghan Noor Ahmad jab the primary, and solely, six of the innings, though it was by no means going to be sufficient.

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