FairBreak Invitational Women's T20 2022 | Match 1-7 | Round-up

With the FairBreak Invitational Women's T20 up and running, the ladies have managed to make the global competition a success in the first week itself. The star-studded cricketers and rising young guns have given us many moments to cherish in the first week. Let us revisit the matches:

Falcons close in on a one-sided win versus the Warriors 

Opting to field first, the Suzie Bates-led Falcons suffered a hammering at the hands of Warriors' openers, Hayley Matthews and Georgia Redmayne. However, they led the charge scoring a 90-run partnership for the first wicket. Redmayne finished unbeaten at 80, while Mignon du Preez's six-ball 12 took Warriors to 172/2 in their stipulated 20 overs.

Although the target initially seemed challenging, Chamari Atapattu and Suzie Bates made it a cakewalk, with the former scoring the inaugural century of the tournament. Then, the Falcons gunned down the total in 18.4 overs.

Brief scores:

Warriors - 177/2 (20)

Georgia Redmayne 80*(61), Hayley Matthews 58(35);

Mariko Hill 1-23 (2)

Falcons - 178/2 (18.4)

Chamari Atapattu 107*(55), Suzie Bates 60(43);

Hayley Matthews 1-23 (4)

Falcons won by eight wickets

A low-scoring affair saw Tornadoes emerge on top

A clinical effort from South Coast Sapphires' bowlers, led by Shabnim Ismail, restricted Tornadoes to a low score. Sterre Kalis played a 32-run knock, and handy contributions from Aliya Riaz and Katey Martin helped Tornadoes get to 119 runs.

While it was an achievable target, the Sapphires made a mess out of the run-chase and bogged down, with no batter showing enough fight. Nevertheless, Diana Baig and Winifred Duraisingam pushed Tornadoes to a 17-run win, claiming two wickets each.

Brief scores:

Tornadoes - 119/7 (20)

Sterre Kalis 32(29), Katey Martin 22(22);

Shabnim Ismail 3-20 (4)

South Coast Sapphires - 102/8 (20)

Babette de Leede 24(14), Gaby Lewis 22(34);

Diana Baig 2-15 (4)

Tornadoes won by 17 runs.

Clinical bowling effort leads Barmy Army to a comfortable win against Spirit

In another low-scoring contest, Barmy Army was reduced to 125/6 in 20 overs after being put to bat. While the trio of Laura Wolvaardt, Heather Knight and Shemaine Campbell gave their side vital runs, they did not receive enough support from the remaining batters, and hence, Barmy Army had to settle for 125 runs.

Spirit never seemed to be in the game during the run-chase, and with no significant contribution, it was just a formality that they suffered a one-sided loss by a whopping margin of 50 runs. Tara Norris led the fightback for the Barmy Army with the ball.

Brief scores:

Barmy Army - 125/6 (20)

Laura Wolvaardt 38(33), Heather Knight 36(25);

Sophie Ecclestone 3-15 (4)

Spirit - 75/9 (20)

Natthakan Chantham 21(29), Sophia Dunkley 8(9);

Tara Norris 2-17 (4)

Barmy Army won by 50 runs.

Falcons earn a thumping win against Barmy Army

Choosing to field first, Falcons were again left to think about their decision as Barmy Army's Deandra Dottin smashed the bowlers all over the park en route to her unbeaten 59-ball 80. However, Barmy Army could only register 152 runs on the scoreboard despite her heroics.

For Falcons, Chamari Atapattu and Danielle Wyatt emerged as the match-winners as they helped the side hunt down the target with ease. While Atapattu and Wyatt recorded a 67-run opening stand, Britney Cooper's 23-ball 32 pushed the Falcons to a comfortable eight-wicket victory.

Brief scores:

Barmy Army - 152/3 (20)

Deandra Dottin 80*(59), Kavisha Egodage 24(29);

Gunjan Shukla 1-12 (2)

Falcons - 156/2 (17.3)

Danielle Wyatt 76*(49), Chamari Atapattu 42(31);

Ruchitha Venkatesh 1-21 (2)

Falcons won by eight wickets.

Duraisingam's three-for hand Tornadoes their second win

Tornadoes' top-order, comprising Sophie Devine, Sterre Kalis and Stafanie Taylor, did the majority of the run-scoring, with the side eventually ending the innings at 152/3. While Kalis played the anchor role, Devine and Taylor guided Tornadoes to a defendable total.

Although the Warriors got a good start, with Georgia Redmayne stabilising the innings, a great choke followed as Sindhu Sriharsha, and Co succumbed to 139/6, suffering a 13-run defeat. Winifred Durasingam delivered another match-winning spell and finished with 3-24.

Brief scores:

Tornadoes - 152/3 (20)

Sterre Kalis 58(57), Sophie Devine 48(35);

Hayley Matthews 2-33 (4)

Warriors - 139/6 (20)

Georgia Redmayne 48(46), Sindhu Sriharsha 35(35);

Winifred Duraisingam 3-24 (4)

Tornadoes won by 13 runs.

Dunkley, Miyaji brings Spirit's campaign back on track

Sophia Dunkley led the charge in the middle-overs of Spirit's innings, which had lost the gas after a sluggish 42-ball 25 from Natthakan Chantham. Dunkley and Nicola Carey gave the innings a much-needed impetus and helped Spirit achieve a total of 147 runs.

Even though Chamari Atapattu again provided Falcons with a decent start, a terrible show with the bat after her dismissal resulted in a 27-run loss for her side.

Brief scores: 

Spirit - 147/3 (20)

Sophia Dunkley 51(30), Sarah Bryce 26(22);

Chamari Atapattu 1-17 (4)

Falcons - 120/9 (20)

Chamari Atapattu 42(28), Theertha Satish 20(26);

Shizuka Miyaji 4-18 (4)

Spirit won by 27 runs.

South Coast Sapphires add to Warriors' misery

Warriors' campaign saw them suffer their third defeat on the bounce, with their batting unit again collapsing, courtesy of an all-round bowling show from the South Coast Sapphires. As a result, the Warriors could only reach 129 runs.

It was an easy day at the office for the Sapphires batters as they had no fuss in chasing the paltry target; they managed to chase it down without losing a wicket in 17.5 overs. Openers Elyse Villani and Gaby Lewis scored 62 runs each in the match. 

Brief scores:

Warriors - 129/5 (20)

Georgia Redmayne 33(39), Mignon du Preez 31(26);

Geetika Kodali 2-10 (2)

South Coast Sapphires - 133/0 (17.5)

Elyse Villani 62*(51), Gaby Lewis 62*(57);

Shamilia Connell 0-16 (4)

South Coast Sapphires won by ten wickets

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