The Hundred: London Spirit retains the nerve beating the Northern Superchargers at Lord & # 39; s
|The hundred of the Lord|
|Northern Supercharger 126-5 (100 balls): Rodrigues 57 (44); Munro 2-20|
|London Spirit 129-3 (98 balls): Dottin 50 * (34)|
|Ghost win with seven wickets|
London Spirit kept the nerve beating the Northern Superchargers at Lord & # 39; s by seven wickets and taking a much-needed win in the Women's Hundred.
Beaten in the last three games, Spirit came home in a tricky two-ball chase of 127 balls.
With a touch of boast, West Indian international Deandra Dottin took off her helmet with six runs of four balls required and hit consecutive fours to seal the win.
She didn't finish from 34 balls with 50, while Englishwoman Tammy Beaumont hit a constant 42 of 36.
Spirit had slacked off to victory with 25 of 20 balls before Beaumont fell to Alice Davidson-Richards.
Jemimah Rodrigues had previously continued her good form and hit 57 of 44 balls in the Superchargers' 126-5.
Spirit remains sixth with the win, but is now one of four teams with four points. Compressors are second, three points better.
Entertainer Dottin seals much-needed profit
There's always a touch of theater when a batsman takes off his helmet to hit the winning lines – the suggestion is that photographers can get the perfect shot at the last minute.
Dottin deserved her spotlight moment, however. She played a match-winning blow for a team that must have been nervous in the closing stages.
Their clubs had underperformed in their recent losses, and 30-year-old Dottin had a maximum of 29 points in four games.
Early in her innings, after losing Spirit and England captain Heather Knight, she cracked four fours in six to gain control of the chase.
In the end, chewing on her gum, she looked perfectly calm and imperiously hopped down to 18-year-old Kalea Moore and slashed the winning streak over the outfield players.
The England and Wales Cricket Board regulations suggest that for safety reasons Dottin should not have hit without a helmet
Rodrigues – "the player of the tournament so far?"
Rodrigues & # 39; Knock, albeit in vain, raised her total runs for the tournament to 223, making her the first man or woman to cross the 200 mark in The Hundred.
It was her third fifty in four games, and although she didn't hit the level of her 92 even if she didn't face the Welsh Fire, Rodrigues looked a class again.
The Indian international showed a brilliant grade and placement, hitting a textbook series of drives and sweeps.
During their strike, England international Sam Billings, captain of the Oval Invincibles, suggested that Rodrigues could be The Hundred's player so far.
What makes her form even more remarkable is the fact that she struggled to get into the tournament. Rodrigues had only reached double digits twice in seven games in 2021 and was excluded from India's XI in five of the seven games in the recent multi-format series against England.
"I just want to keep going," she told Sky Sports. "If you skip and don't score any runs, you know the value of those runs and when you are in shape.
"That's just the beginning."
And a special conclusion …
And it was a special day, especially for a member of Spirit's team.
The game came the day 21-year-old all-rounder Alice Monaghan graduated from Loughborough University.
She didn't play but was at Lord & # 39; s and then celebrated her big day with her teammates on the famous locker room balcony – mortar board and all. A day to remember …