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Sport Brook heroics in vain as Fire hold off Superchargers

01:35  25 july  2021
01:35  25 july  2021 Source:   skysports.com

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Watch Northern Superchargers ' Harry Brook hit two fours and a six in consecutive deliveries en route to 62 from 31 balls during his side's defeat by Welsh Fire . Report:Welsh Fire hold on to beat Northern Superchargers in thriller.

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Welsh Fire withstood a late charge from the Northern Superchargers and the big-hitting Harry Brook thanks to a half-century from visiting captain Jonny Bairstow on his usual home ground at a febrile Headingley. STORY OF THE MATCH

Fire skipper Bairstow admitted pre-match he would rather have bowled, but the away side capitalised on batting first and set an imposing total of 173, the highest score posted so far in The Hundred tournament.

a baseball player holding a bat: Harry Brook sparked an unlikely comeback with a wonderful 62 but it was in vain © Getty Harry Brook sparked an unlikely comeback with a wonderful 62 but it was in vain

Despite inventive opener Tom Banton falling cheaply, the next two in filled their boots with Bairstow hitting a brutal 56 and Ben Duckett grabbing 42 off just 27 before Jimmy Neesham's rapid-fire 30 not out off 11 balls.

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Russell, who has not bowled much in the GT20 this year, claimed figures of 4 for 29 in the final. Among his victims was Chris Lynn, the star batsman in the Hawks lineup. Russell came out to bat when his side needed 54 runs to win off 19 balls. He tied the match on the final ball and took the match to a Super Over. Russell batted and bowled in the Super Over as well, but could not take Vancouver Knights over the line. He finished with an unbeaten 46, a knock laced with three fours and five sixes. His strike rate was an unbelievable 230.

"We couldn't fire a shot and the Boks couldn't do a thing wrong, and then it turned around." The Lions were punished for their ill-discipline in the first half as Handre Pollard kicked four penalties. Luke Cowan-Dickie and Faf de Klerk exchanged tries after the interval before the hosts began to tire and lose the aerial battle as Biggar took advantage Props Mako Vunipola and Kyle Sinckler were introduced off the bench, while the experienced Farrell and Conor Murray pulled the strings from behind. While the Lions' replacements added to their efforts, Gatland said the South African bench had less impact.

For the Superchargers, Adam Lyth (25) started well but the explosive Chris Lynn holed out cheaply and, with almost two a ball required and pressure building, Stokes sliced a hittable delivery to Glenn Phillips in the deep.

Harry Brook sparked a revival with five sixes in a 62 with a strike rate of 200, including a gargantuan free hit off Liam Plunkett, but the Afghanistan leg-spinner Ahmad killed the momentum of the comeback.

The late stand between Brydon Carse (20) and Matthew Potts (11) was too little, too late as the Superchargers finished five runs short.

MASSIVE MOMENT

Bairstow isn't used to the away dressing room at Headingley, but once he was out on the grass, it was business as usual for the strapping opener in front of his familiar home crowd, on his home ground, in his home county.

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The buccaneering England star teed off straight away, plundering a muscular 56 off 36 and dispatching all bowlers to all corners and ticking the scoreboard over with sharp, intelligent running between the wickets.

Oval Invincibles felt the positive effects of a partisan home crowd in midweek - winning tight games against the Manchester Originals in both the men's and women's competitions - but there was good-natured enjoyment and appreciation from the fans of his fine innings.

'Carnage,' the 31-year-old laughed at the halfway stage, and it was - despite Stokes walking past him with his pocket open to suggest he had 'pocketed' him! That word foreshadowed the fireworks of fellow Yorkie Brook too.

BROOK GETS THINGS FLOWING

Yorkshire batsman Brook demonstrated once again how quickly the momentum, the atmosphere and the pressure can change in this competition.

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Northern Superchargers will take on Welsh Fire in the Match 4 on Saturday 24th July 2021 at Headingley, Leeds. Keep reading to find out Dream11 fantasy cricket tips and NOS vs WEF Dream11 team for today The Hundred, 2021 Match 4. Northern Superchargers Squad: Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Ben Raine, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Jordan Thompson, John Simpson, Adil Rashid, Brydon Carse, Callum Parkinson, Matthew Fisher, Matty Potts, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Adam Lyth, Chris Lynn, Faf du Plessis, Harry Brook .

The Superchargers looked dead and buried when England stars Stokes and David Willey departed for a combined seven, but the local lad struck a scintillating half-century off 21 before being trapped lbw by Welsh Fire's gun bowler Ahmad.

As he was hitting, the decibel level started rising in the crowd, the Fire started misfielding simple balls, and before they knew it, the game was right back in the balance again.

In the end, his efforts were in vain, but it shows that despite what the win predictor says, if you have a good five or 10 balls, your team can suddenly swing back into contention.

STRIKE RATE KEY

Only Banton, who never really got his eye in, finished with a strike rate of less than 150 for the Fire.

A reminder: in white-ball cricket, and especially in the Hundred, it's not only how many runs you score, it's also how quickly you score them.

In Test cricket, 60 off 60 balls is an absurdly quick innings; in a one-day international, it's pedestrian; in a Hundred game, it's a match-destroyingly slow innings.

The Fire's high-octane, fearless 'hit out or get out' attitude meant no one was hanging around not scoring runs, allowing middle-order hitters like Phillips and Neesham to come and accelerate the scoring rate late on.

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Losing wickets is fine when you're picking up the runs in such snappy fashion!

WHAT THEY SAID

Welsh Fire spinner Ahmad: "Pitch was good for spinning. The wicket is a little slow. The captain and coach said 'you are my main bowler'."

Northern Superchargers captain Stokes: "It's the first game in this competition for us, to get to where we were in the end you have to give massive credit to Brook and then Brydon and Potts to even get us close at the end.

"Myself, Lynn and Lyth didn't help the start of the innings but that gives the likes of Brook the confidence and responsibility to play that way and that's what we want, for them to go out and express themselves.

"He takes the game on from ball one, he's not scared or frightened to go against any bowler which is what we do in international cricket. I don't think it's too long before we'll see him with the three Lions."

WHAT'S NEXT?

On Sunday, there are another FOUR matches for you to enjoy!

First up, it's London Spirit vs Oval Invincibles at Lord's, with the women's teams in action from 10.30am on Sky Sports The Hundred and the Sky Sports YouTube channel, and the men then playing from 2pm on Sky Sports The Hundred.

Also from 2pm, Manchester Originals and Birmingham Phoenix's women's sides face off at Emirates Old Trafford, live on Sky Sports The Hundred via the red button, as well as on the Sky Sports Cricket YouTube channel and Sky Sports Mix.

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a close up of Ben Stokes throwing a ball: Northern Superchargers captain Ben Stokes took the key wicket of Bairstow © Getty Northern Superchargers captain Ben Stokes took the key wicket of Bairstow a close up of a baseball player holding a bat: Jonny Bairstow smashed a fantastic 56 off just 36 balls for Welsh Fire © Getty Jonny Bairstow smashed a fantastic 56 off just 36 balls for Welsh Fire

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