The Hundred: Dane van Niekerk guides Oval Invincibles to win over Birmingham Phoenix

The Hundred: Dane van Niekerk guides Oval Invincibles to win over Birmingham Phoenix

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The Hundred, Edgbaston
Birmingham Phoenix 129-9 (100 balls): Burns 45 (28); Farrant 3-23
Oval Invincibles 133-2 (97 balls): Van Niekerk 67* (51)
Invincibles win by eight wickets
Scorecard. Table.

Dropped catches cost Birmingham Phoenix as Dane van Niekerk guided Oval Invincibles to an eight-wicket victory at Edgbaston in the women’s Hundred.

Van Niekerk hit a classic captain’s knock – an assured 67 not out from 51 balls – as Invincibles chased 130 with three balls to spare.

But the Phoenix dropped four catches, including South Africa international Van Niekerk on 41.

They also put down Georgia Adams twice as the Invincibles opener hit 42 in an opening partnership of 90 with Van Niekerk.

Phoenix edged back into the game after Adams was dismissed but, with 14 needed from eight balls, Van Niekerk hit a four and a six in consecutive balls.

Invincibles stay third in the table but have six points, two behind leaders Southern Brave having played a game more. Phoenix are seventh on two points and…

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