Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana fail to make an impact in the match between Northern Superchargers and Southern Brave in Match 21 of The Hundred Women in Southampton. While Rodrigues was dismissed for run-a-ball 18, Mandhana managed just a single from her six balls. Rodrigues has already scored three fifties from her six innings in the competition while Mandhana, since scoring an unbeaten 61 against Welsh Fire, has scores of 5, 3, 19 and 1.
However, it was Mandhana's Southern Brave, who romped to a seven-wicket victory, thanks to Sophia Dunkley's unbeaten 28-ball 50 and Maia Bouchier's 19-ball 32. Southern Brave consolidate their place at the top of the table, having accumulated 10 points from six matches. The Superchargers are one spot below them at second with seven points from six matches.
After being reduced 26 for 3 after 27 deliveries, Dunkley and Bouchier put on an unbeaten stand of 62 off just 35 deliveries to take their team home in a rain-curtailed match. The Superchargers were 76 for 3 from 73 deliveries before rain stopped play. When play resumed, Brave were set a target of 89 from 75 balls on DLS method.
For the Superchargers, Laura Woldaardt top-scored with an unbeaten 21 off 22 balls, while Alice Richards remained unbeaten on 17 off 18.
Brave have a chance to further extend their lead as they take on Welsh Fire on August 11, a day before Superchargers are in action again against Manchester Originals.
Northern Superchargers 76 for 3 in 73 balls (Laura Wolvaardt 21*, Jemimah Rodrigues 18; Lauren Bell 2 for 19) lost to Southern Brave 89 for 3 in 62 balls (Sophia Dunkley 50*, Maia Bouchier 32*; Kalea Moore 2 for 9) by 7 wickets (DLS Method).
Player of the match: Sophia Dunkley