The Hundred: Sam Billings leads Oval Invincibles to win over Welsh Hearth

Men's Hundred table

Men’s Hundred, Kia Oval
Welsh Fire 121-7 (100 balls): Duckett 65 (52); T Curran 3-29
Oval Invincibles 125-4 (93 balls): Billings 40 (34), Evans 28 (17); Neesham 2-23
Oval Invincibles won by six wickets
Scorecard; Table

Oval Invincibles captain Sam Billings led his side to a tight hard-fought victory over Welsh Fire to leave the men’s Hundred evenly poised at the halfway point in the group stage.

Chasing 122 to win, Invincibles raced to 47-1 in the 25-ball powerplay, before slipping to 73-4.

Billings made an unbeaten 40 off 34 balls, and shared an unbroken 52 with Laurie Evans, who hit successive sixes to win the game.

Earlier Ben Duckett hit 65 off 52, while Tom Curran took 3-29 in Fire’s 121-7.

The result lifts Oval Invincibles to third in the eight-team table, on five points, while Welsh Fire are fifth on four points.

The top seven teams in the competition are now separated by three points, with just two points separating the top six.

Fast start sees Invincibles home

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