On a number of levels, it felt fitting that Will Smeed scored the Hundred’s first hundred, for Birmingham Phoenix last night. The Hundred did not find Smeed. Smeed’s impact on the Hundred was instant, smashing 146 runs from 79 balls in his first three matches.Read More »
TOM Westley steered Essex to their first Royal London Cup win of the season with the sixth one-day century of his career.
Invincibles won and would bowl first – despite the absence of their leading pace bowler Marizanne Kapp through illness. There was just time for a crowd chorus of “happy birthday” for Alice Capsey, on the day she turned 18, before play got underway. Playing a match at the Oval seemed as good a way for Capsey to celebrate as any, as did taking a wicket in the opening powerplay – having Bess Heath caught at backward point attempting the reverse.
The home side defeated the Northern Superchargers by nine wickets