Oval Invincibles have been crowned the first women’s champions of The Hundred after Marizanne Kapp produced a brilliant performance to help the side thrash Southern Brave in a one-sided final at Lord’s.
South African all-rounder Kapp starred with bat and ball as Oval Invincibles beat Southern Brave by 48 runs in the first ever women’s Hundred final.
The 31-year-old hit 26 from 14 balls as the Invincibles posted 121-6, with fellow Proteas star Dane van Niekerk also scoring 26 and Alice Capsey making 18 from 12 balls.
Kapp then took three wickets in the first 10 balls of Brave’s innings as the group leaders slipped to 2-3.
That became 14-6 and 29-7 as Oval Invincibles blew Southern Brave away, eventually bowling former England captain Charlotte Edwards’ side out for 73.
Current England skipper Heather Knight, commentating on the final for the BBC, said: ‘It was almost the perfect performance by Oval Invincibles. Marizanne Kapp set the tone in the first 10 balls. I feel sorry for Southern Brave because they just didn’t turn up.
Manchester Originals star Alex Hartley added: ‘This is not how Southern Brave would have wanted to go about their cricket today.
Oval Invincibles dominated the women’s final, beating Southern Brave by 48 runs
Oval Invincibles dominated the women’s final, beating Southern Brave by 48 runs (Picture: Getty)
‘The pressure of the occasion may have got too much for them. The Oval Invincibles, coming in with a bit of momentum, absolutely dominated today.’
Oval Invincibles finished second in the Hundred group table with four wins from their seven completed matches, before beating Birmingham Phoenix in the eliminator on Friday night to reach the final.
They appeared to be heading to defeat at one stage against Phoenix but they dominated the final against Brave throughout.
Oval Invincibles’ Capsey said: ‘I’m about to cry – I’m lost for words. You dream of getting here, but to win it, is a feeling that you don’t feel often.
‘My mum and dad are here – it’ll be nice to go and see them shortly. It has been incredible.
‘To play in the tournament with players like Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk has been amazing and I’ve learned so much. There’s exciting times ahead.’
Player of the match Kapp added: ‘I’m really happy that I’ve been able to contribute after missing a couple of games.
‘I’d felt like I’d let the team down missing those games so it was nice to take a couple of wickets today. As soon as I saw the first ball moving I knew I was in with a shot today.
‘I thought we were 10-15 runs short at the halfway point, so I knew that we needed to get wickets, that is why I asked for the second slip.’