Brave at the top of the table, Fire goes out – .

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Brave at the top of the table, Fire goes out – .


One Hundred Men: Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Welsh Fire 144-5 (100 balles) : Banton 36 (20); Brigue 2-17
Brave du Sud147-2 (87 bullets): de Kock 57 (32), Vince 53 (39)
Southern Brave won by 8 wickets
Scorecard

Half centuries for James Vince and Quinton de Kock led Southern Brave to a comfortable victory over Welsh Fire and to the top of the hundred-man roster.

Welsh Fire, who is eliminated in loss, posted 144-5 – a total described as even by Manchester Originals captain Carlos Brathwaite on BBC Two.

However, the total was nowhere near difficult enough for the fit Brave who won with eight wickets and 13 balls to spare, De Kock with 57 not on 32 balls after Vince set the tone with 53 of 39.

The brave stars finally find their form

Prior to the start of The Hundred, Southern Brave was considered by many to be the pre-tournament favorite.

But when they lost their first two games, it looked like they weren’t clicking despite their team’s big names.

Now, however, they look like real contenders and they seem to be reaching their peak at the perfect time, with this win over a worn out Welsh Fire – their fifth straight win – showing they’ve covered all the bases.

There was the consistency of Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills ‘enviable pair of paces, wickets for Jake Lintott and Danny Briggs’ shrewd rotation, and runs for their top three hitters.

With Brave’s women already in the final, the men have now climbed to the top of the table and both teams have given themselves a very good chance of going all the way.

Banton’s brilliance too little too late for Fire

Tom Banton has been considered one of England’s most exciting young players for a few years now, and in Jonny Bairstow’s absence Welsh Fire needed him to step up.

But it’s been a tough summer for the 22-year-old -esh off a century in the T20 Blast he was called up to the England white ball squad, didn’t play and then had to s ‘isolate after some team members tested positive for Covid-19.

It may have disrupted his batting pace and he didn’t have the impact he would have liked in The Hundred.

But he joined the party against Southern Brave by hitting an entertaining 36 on 20 balls including three sixes.

It just came too late for Fire, who must be wondering what could have been in this competition if Banton had found his rhythm a few games earlier.

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