An excellent all-round show from former West Indies star Deandra Dottin led Manchester Originals to an exciting 11-run Women’s Hundred victory over Welsh Fire at Emirates Old Trafford.
Dottin’s 67 off 37 balls underpinned a complete of 156 for 2, the fourth highest in competitors historical past, having been inserted.
But, in a conflict between two sides who had misplaced their opening video games, Fire had been on the right track for victory as Dottin’s fellow Bajan Hayley Matthews hit an equally spectacular 69 off 41 from the highest of the order and shared 110 in 72 balls with fellow opener Tammy Beaumont.
However, Sophie Ecclestone bowled Matthews earlier than Dottin struck twice in two balls together with her medium-pacers, and the Fire had been left needing 19 off the ultimate set of 5. They completed on 145 for 3.
The recreation, which noticed captain Beaumont end unbeaten on 45 off 42 and Dottin take two wickets for 21 runs from 15 balls, narrowly averted a controversial ending.
Fire really bowled 101 balls of their innings following a miscount from the umpiring crew, and the rogue supply was lower for 4 by Emma Lamb on the finish of the third set of 5.
For giant components of the Fire chase, it was very lifelike that the additional 4 runs would come into play within the ultimate reckoning.
As it was, Dottin’s double strike to get Australia’s Rachael Haynes caught at mid-on and Annabel Sutherland claimed at midwicket left the rating at 123 for 3 after 83 balls and caused a telling squeeze within the run-rate.
Australia’s Rachael Haynes was one in all Deandra Dottin’s scalps (PA)
The Manchester innings included contrasting scores within the mid-30s from England duo Emma Lamb and Ecclestone.
Dottin muscled eight fours and two sixes in 37 balls, whereas opener Lamb struggled for momentum in making 35 earlier than unbeaten Ecclestone added a wonderful quickfire late 36 off 18 with two sixes.
Dottin, the self-confessed ‘World Boss’ who retired from worldwide cricket initially of the month, got here in at quantity three with the rating 27 for one after an early wicket for the wonderful Alex Hartley, the left-arm spinner returning to residence turf.
Dottin, who reached her half-century in 31 balls, dominated a second-wicket stand of 67 with Lamb earlier than including an unbeaten 62 with Ecclestone within the ultimate 31 balls.
She was robust on either side of the wicket, hitting two sixes over midwicket off Matthews and one other over long-off towards Katie George.
The Originals scored 96 off the ultimate 50 balls of their innings, a contest document.
Hartley, an Original final 12 months and nonetheless a mainstay of the Old Trafford-based Thunder’s regional crew, was very good with one for 17 from her 20 balls, making the preliminary breakthrough by getting Lizelle Lee caught at brief fine-leg off a top-edged sweep.
Matthews was robust on either side of the wicket, punishing something too brief or too full as she hit 12 fours.
She matched Dottin in mentioning her half-century off 31 balls – however when she was bowled attempting to chop a faster ball from Ecclestone’s left-arm spin, it proved a key second.
The entertaining fixture was wrapped up as Kate Cross defended 19 towards Beaumont and Fran Wilson.