Paul Stirling Leads Southern Brave To First Ever The Hundred Title

By Rohit - August 22, 2021 - Last updated on Aug 23, 2021 12:56 PM Paul Stirling Leads Southern Brave To First Ever The Hundred Title

Southern Brave defeated Birmingham Phoenix in Saturdays final to win the inaugural The Hundred title.

Paul Stirling clattered six sixes in an entertaining 61 off 36 balls to lead the Southern Brave to the inaugural mens title of The Hundred with a 32-run victory over Birmingham Phoenix at Lords.

The Irishmans half-century was complemented by an unbeaten 44 off 19 balls from Ross Whiteley to set an imposing total of 169. The Phoenix threatened to chase that down as England international Liam Livingstone smashed 46 off 19 balls until he was brilliantly run out by Tim David.

Livingstone hit four fours and four sixes before being caught out by a direct hit by David from out close to the boundary.

"To get a direct hit is probably the only way you can get Livie out at the moment," said Brave captain James Vince.

"In big games you need bits and pieces like that to go your way."

The Brave started the new format of 100 balls per side with two defeats, but five straight wins saw them qualify for Fridays eliminator where they thrashed Trent Rockets to reach the final.

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"We managed to turn it around in a short competition," added Vince.

"I think the whole way through the tournament the atmosphere in the grounds has been fantastic. Tonight a final at Lords, on a Saturday night, it doesnt get much better."

Phoenix captain Moeen Ali followed shortly after Livingstone for 36 off 30 and the chase never recovered against the Braves collection of fast bowlers.

"We felt at the end they got 15, 20 runs too many," said Moeen. "I think in all three aspects they were better than us tonight, but as long as Livie was there we had a chance. I thought he was unbelievable tonight."

Earlier, the Oval Invincibles won the womens tournament following a collapse from the Southern Brave who were bowled out for 73, the lowest score of the competition.

The Invincibles triumphed by 48 runs, with Brave slumping to 14 for six at one point as they chased 122 for victory.

Marizanne Kapp, who starred with bat and ball in Fridays eliminator victory over Birmingham Phoenix, took centre stage again, striking 26 off 14 balls before taking four wickets for nine runs.

Marizanne Kapp, who starred with bat and ball in Fridays eliminator victory over Birmingham Phoenix, took centre stage again, striking 26 off 14 balls before taking four wickets for nine runs.

The Brave had gone into the final as favourites after topping the league with seven wins and just one defeat, but never got going in their run chase after losing three wickets in the first 10 balls of their innings.

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