The Hundred has been a thrilling addition to the rapid evolution of women's cricket. Following on from the historical Ashes in the English summer, the tournament saw some exciting performances in front of packed crowds.
The league stage has come to a close and Southern Brave, captained by veteran Anya Shrubsole, has secured a spot in the final, scheduled to take place on August 27. The eliminator match will feature a clash between Welsh Fire and Northern Superchargers.
Throughout the tournament, fans have been treated to an array of exciting games that have been closely contested, showcasing the immense skill of the players. Several standout performances have been witnessed across the competition lleaving spectators in awe.
Women’s CricZone takes a look at five of the standout individual performances.
Fi Morris achieved a significant milestone as she became the first woman to take a five-wicket haul in the tournament. The off-spinner accomplished this feat during Manchester Originals' victorious match against Birmingham Phoenix at The Old Trafford in their season opener. Morris' impressive figures of 5 for 7 led to the Phoenix being dismissed for a mere 87 runs. Hailing from Berkshire, Morris now holds the record for the best Hundred figures by any player, men or women.
Tammy Beaumont made history by scoring 118 off 61 balls and leading her side to a record score of 181, the highest team total in the competition. As a result, she became the first woman to score a century in the format. During her impressive innings, she hit 20 fours and two maximums with a variety of shots including sweeps, cuts, and drives. In just seven innings, she has managed to accumulate 253 runs with an incredible strike rate of 159.11.
Hammering by Harris
In the match between London Spirit and Birmingham Phoenix, the powerful Australian scored an impressive 87 runs from 47 deliveries. This outstanding performance led to the second-highest team score of the tournament and the highest score for the Spirit. Before this match, she struggled to perform with the bat and only 27 runs came from five innings, but this knock served as a perfect ending to the tournament's league stage.
The New Zealand allrounder played a crucial role, scoring an unbeaten 60 off 32 balls and also taking 2 wickets for 24 runs, including the dismissal of the in-form batter Phoebe Litchfield. Kerr's innings was particularly noteworthy as she came in to bat when London Spirit were struggling at just 43 runs for the loss of three wickets. It's worth noting that despite Kerr's impressive performance with both bat and ball, London Spirit suffered a narrow defeat to Northern Superchargers by four wickets, resulting in their elimination from the play-offs.
In a match shortened by rain against London Spirit, off-spinner Georgia Adams took four wickets for just 11 runs, which is the joint second-best performance in the tournament. This helped to limit the home team to a score of 104 for five in 85 balls. Adams has also played a crucial role in Southern Brave's journey to their third consecutive final by taking 16 wickets in eight innings and leading the bowling lineup effectively.