The Hundred: Alex Davies and Ross Whiteley inspire Southern Brave to victory over Trent Rockets | Cricket News

Southern Brave spectacularly beat second-placed Trent Rockets by six wickets with five balls to spare; Alex Davies hit an undefeated 51 and Ross Whiteley added 30;watch every The Hundred game this summer live on Sky Sports

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Watch highlights of The Hundred clash between Southern Brave and Trent Rockets from The Ageas Bowl

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Watch highlights of The Hundred clash between Southern Brave and Trent Rockets from The Ageas Bowl

Watch highlights of The Hundred clash between Southern Brave and Trent Rockets from The Ageas Bowl

Alex Davies and Ross Whiteley kept Southern Brave hopes of defending their Hundred title dim as they spectacularly beat second-placed Trent Rockets by six wickets with five balls to spare.

History of the game

Brave looked down when he needed 75 balls from 36, but Davies hit an undefeated 51 and Whiteley added 30 to reduce the Rockets’ chances of advancing directly to the Finals.

Dawid Malan had previously led the way with 59 for the Rockets as the visitors finished below average at 138 for six.

Brave have now won three games, but must hope for more results to materialize for a chance of making next Friday’s Eliminator at home.

The Hundred: Southern Brave vs. Trent Rockets

Southern Brave 142-4 on 95 balls – Davies (51 on 43 balls not out), Whiteley (30 on 21 balls); Cook (2-25 from 20 scoops)
Trent Rockets: 138-6 on 100 balls – Malan (59 on 41 balls), Patel (21 on 15 balls); Hogan (2-20 on 15 balls)

Brave was under pressure straight away in their chase as Sam Cook beat Paul Stirling without scoring before captain James Vince passed the first ball to a fiery Luke Wood.

Their top-notch hitters, who had looked so confident against Welsh Fire on Monday, finished the power play a measly 15 for two.

Even the simple retirement of Tabraiz Shamsi by Quinton de Kock did little to change the momentum as the required pace soared.

De Kock briefly got the chase back on track with a much-needed max followed by a vicious pull for four. But he left soon after, obediently misplacing Rockets captain Lewis Gregory midway.

Davies leveled the innings with new partner Whiteley to keep Brave hopes alive before sped up, aided by indiscipline from the Rockets’ bowlers.

A combination of big, wide, and no-ball shots suddenly made the Braves favorites, only for Whiteley to drop with 16 still needed. However, Tim David found form at the perfect time, clubbing two sixes to see his team home.

Earlier, Malan and Alex Hales looked serene in the first two rounds of pace from Michael Hogan, 41, and his opening partner Sonny Baker, 19, but that all changed when the spinner Stirling entered the attack .

After missing the Irish star’s first ball over the backspot, Hales slapped his second delivery straight to cover to give Stirling his first wicket in The Hundred.

Stirling threw 10 balls unchanged, conceding just six runs, as the Rockets finished the 25-ball power play at a disappointing 27-to-one.

Spin continued to do the trick for Brave as Jake Lintott brilliantly caught long-range Tom Kohler-Cadmore by James Fuller.

Only Malan looked comfortable in the first half of the innings, but partner Samit Patel quickly took off, pitching Lintott for straight sixes before Baker was denied a first Hundred wicket as Hogan dropped Malan on 37 .

The tournament’s top scorer shrugged off that moment of danger to reach his half-century from 38 balls, shortly after Fuller had produced the perfect yorker to beat Patel for 21.

Hogan then made amends by playing Malan just as the England striker looked set to break away.

The innings stalled before Lintott’s final set went to 18, the highlight being a daring reverse sweep for six from New Zealand hitter Colin Munro.

Munro beat Fuller in the penultimate set before Hogan fired Gregory as the Rockets closed on 138 for six, a seemingly below average tally that ultimately proved just within reach for Brave.

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Hero of the Match – Davies (51 out of 43 missed balls)

After his second 50 in the Hundred, Davies praised the work of his teammates in their final home game.

“It won’t go down in history as one of the best rounds I’ve ever played, but I just had to get the boys over the line and do what needed to be done,” he said. declared.

“Ross and Tim should be here with me, I may be wearing this medal but without their shots we don’t win.

“We weren’t great at home, we left them [the crowd] a bit behind but the hallmark of this team is that we will fight until the end of the competition.”

And after?

Next in The Hundred is a double-header between Welsh Fire and Northern Superchargers in Cardiff on Friday, with the home side seeking a maiden win in both the women’s and men’s competitions.

The Superchargers are currently on the outside when it comes to qualifying for the playoffs. The women’s team currently sit in fifth place with two wins out of four, while the men’s team is a worse off place in sixth after four losses in their first six games.

Welsh Fire vs. Superchargers

August 26, 2022, 3:00 p.m.

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Welsh Fire vs. Superchargers

August 26, 2022, 6:30 p.m.

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The women are first from 3pm, on Sky Sports Mix and via live stream on skysports.com, the Sky Sports app and the Sky Sports Cricket YouTube channel. The men follow from 6.30pm on Sky Sports The Hundred.

As for the Rockets and Brave, they will be next in action on Monday and Wednesday, respectively, when they actually face the Fire and Superchargers in their final group matches.

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