The inaugural edition of The Hundred is now in full swing, with both the men’s and women’s competitions nearing the end of the group stage.
Southern Brave lead both tables with a game still to play, with the women’s team having lost just once in seven matches.
In the women’s table, Oval Invincibles and Northern Superchargers occupy second and third positions, although three teams can still overtake them.
The Brave are already through to the final, whilst the second and third placed sides will play an eliminator match to join them.
In the men’s table, second-placed Birmingham Phoenix and third-placed Trent Rockets trail the Brave by a single point, both with a game in hand.
Behind them are Northern Superchargers (played seven, seven points) and Oval Invincibles (played six, seven points).
Let’s take a look at six star performers in The Hundred so far [written prior to Friday’s matches]:
Moeen Ali (Birmingham Phoenix)
Birmingham Phoenix captain and all-rounder Moeen Ali has had a superb Hundred.
The 34-year-old is third on the overall run charts with 189 total runs at a strike rate of 154.90, and has taken four wickets with the ball.
Ben Duckett (Welsh Fire)
Handed the captaincy of Welsh Fire after Jonny Bairstow was called up to the Test squad, Ben Duckett has more than delivered with bat in hand.
The 26-year-old sits top on the run charts, having blasted 226 of them in seven games thus far.
His top score of the tournament came against Oval Invincibles, when he hit 65 off 52 balls.
Rashid Khan (Trent Rockets)
In any top class franchise competition, Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan is normally at the forefront when it comes to quality performances – and The Hundred is no different.
He has taken the second most wickets in the tournament with nine, at an economy rate of 6.74.
The 22-year-old recorded best match figures of 3/26 against Birmingham Phoenix, and hit 25 from 12 balls with the bat in a winning chase against Northern Superchargers.
Jemimah Rodrigues (Northern Superchargers)
One of five Indian players playing in the women’s Hundred, Jemimah Rodrigues has lit up the competition with her batting displays.
The 20-year-old smashed the highest score of either competition when she hit an unbeaten 92 off just 43 balls against Welsh Fire.
She has posted a further two half-centuries in the competition, and sits top of the run-scoring charts with 223 runs at a strike rate of 161.59.
Natalie Sciver (Trent Rockets)
Trent Rockets captain Natalie Sciver came into The Hundred as arguably England’s most in-form batter, and has carried that form into this competition.
Sciver has hit 27 or more in each of her six innings to sit second in the overall run charts, and posted 54 off 40 deliveries in a winning chase against Welsh Fire.
The 28-year-old has contributed with the ball as well, taking three wickets.
Danielle Wyatt (Southern Brave)
Like Sciver, Danielle Wyatt came into The Hundred off the back of some good form for England, including an superb unbeaten 89 in the third T20I against India last month.
She struck an unbeaten 69 off 40 balls in an winning chase against Birmingham Phoenix, before her 53 off 34 against Welsh Fire helped to set up an eventual 39-run victory.
Her partnership with Smriti Mandhana at the top of the Southern Brave order has helped to propel the side to a five point lead at the head of the table.
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