Sport Brook heroics in vain as Fire hold off Superchargers
firefighters in the Western Canadian and American
© Payton Bruni The flames of Bootleg Fire, at the level of Bly, in the American state of Oregon on July 16th 2020 Thousands of firefighters were trying on Saturday of Contain the fires that, in a dry, hot and electric climate, consume the American and Canadian west, where the means of fire control could quickly be overwhelmed.
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.
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.
the American West burns, an electricity supplier questioned
© provided by the point L ES fires continued on Monday their frantic race across the American West, a Californian electricity supplier - already responsible for the 'The most murderer fire of the state - being implicated in the departure of some of these fires. The fire season is just beginning and 80 large fires already rage through the United States , where they have consumed more than 4,700 km² of vegetation.
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.
Adil Rashid looking forward to coming up against Jonny Bairstow in The Hundred
When they face off on Saturday the Yorkshire and England team-mates will be on opposite sides for the first time. As a Northern Superchargers player Rashid will be in the familiar surroundings of the home dressing room but, despite being a Leeds local as man and boy, Bairstow will be classed as a visitor having signed for the Welsh Fire franchise. Rashid admits there are few people who know his variations better than Bairstow, who has kept wicket to his leg-spin for more than a decade, but is happy to take his chances.
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.
De Lange makes history as Rockets thrash Brave
Trent Rockets hammered Southern Brave by nine wickets as Marchant de Lange created a bit of Hundred history, taking the first five-wicket haul in the tournament. STORY OF THE MATCHThe Rockets romped to their 126-run target, clinching victory with 18 balls to spare as England batter Dawid Malan cracked an unbeaten 62 off 43 balls.
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.
Stokes backs fearless Brook for England
Ben Stokes tipped Harry Brook to break into the England side in the near future after a dazzling Hundred innings.Brook was the third-highest run-scorer in the group stage of the Vitality Blast, hitting 485 runs for Yorkshire with two fifties and a top-score of 91.
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.
Rockets coach Flower tests positive for Covid-19
Trent Rockets head coach Andy Flower has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss Monday evening's match against Northern Superchargers.Two other members of the Rockets' support staff have also tested positive, while another member of support staff as well as all-rounder Steven Mullaney have also been withdrawn after being identified as close contacts.
Then, from 5.30pm on Sky Sports The Hundred, it is the turn of the men's teams from Manchester Originals and Birmingham Phoenix.
Watch The Hundred live on Sky Sports this summer!
fires in Turkey: a threatened thermal power plant, the evacuations continue .
© AFP the fires that have been raging for a week in Turkey approach Tuesday from a thermal power station to Milas, in the south of the country, then thousands People continue to be evacuated in the face of the progress of the fires that have made eight dead. "If we can not stop the fire through an air intervention (...), he will head to the thermal power station. The situation is very serious," Alarmed Monday night the Mayor of Milas (South) Muhammet Tokat In a video he shared on Twitter.