The Hundred: Southern Courageous safe place in latter levels and get rid of Oval Invincibles in thriller

The Hundred: Southern Brave secure place in latter stages and eliminate Oval Invincibles in thriller

Oval Invincibles 134-7 (100 balls): Blake 44* (28); Lintott 3-14
Southern Brave 135-4 (95 balls): De Grandhomme 40* (28), Davies 40* (29)
Southern Brave won by six wickets

Southern Brave held their nerve to qualify for the latter stages of the men’s Hundred and eliminate the Oval Invincibles with an enthralling six-wicket victory at The Ageas Bowl.

Chasing a tricky 135 in a must-win game, the hosts were wobbling on 68-4, but Colin de Grandhomme and Alex Davies both hit 40 not out, with the latter hitting a six to secure victory with five balls to spare.

Brave move to the top of the table on 11 points but they are not yet guaranteed a place in Saturday’s final at Lord’s, with Birmingham Phoenix able to surpass them should they beat Northern Superchargers on Tuesday.

However, the final three teams have now been decided, with Trent Rockets now set to meet either Brave or Phoenix in Friday’s eliminator at The Kia Oval.

After a collapse that saw them lose six wickets for just 33…