Lizelle Lee’s brilliant batting performance was the highlight of the match, but it was not enough to prevent the Trent Rockets from falling to a narrow three-run defeat to the Oval Invincibles in The Hundred Women’s Competition on Monday.
Lee scored 61 off 33 balls with the help of 6 fours and 3 sixes. However, the star opener could not find enough support from her teammates as the Rockets finished on 152-8 in their 100-ball inning, which was 3-run shorter than Invincible’s target.
The Invincibles, who were put into bat, made a strong start thanks to a 29-run partnership for the second wicket between Alice Capsey and Suzie Bates. Capsey scored 35 off 24 balls before being dismissed by Gordon. Klerk continued to bat aggressively and eventually finished on 51 not out off 25 balls.
The Invincibles finished their innings on 155-6. For the Rockets, Stonehouse and Gordon shared 2 wickets apiece. The Rockets took off to a good start to their chase with their opener Lizelle Lee amassing 61-run milepost.
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However, her brilliant contribution went in vain as she was left alone to be fighting for their chase.
Lee kept the Rockets in the hunt with her batting, but she was eventually run out for 61 by Scholfield.
The Rockets could not find the late runs they needed and fell short by three runs. Lee’s innings was a masterclass in power-hitting. She took on the Invincibles bowlers from the outset and never looked back. She hit sixes over midwicket and long on with ease, and her timing was impeccable.
However, Lee’s innings was not enough to prevent the Rockets from losing. The Invincibles’ win still keeps them at the 5th spot of the table, while the Rockets’ defeat still sees them in fourth place. The Rockets’ bowlers struggled to contain the Invincible’s batters, with de Klerk, in particular, taking the attack to them.
The Rockets’ batters will need to find a way to score more consistently if they want to make the playoffs.
Lee’s inning was the highlight of the game but she could not lead her team to the winning point and got run out at 61. Her spirit was strong, but she did not get any support from her teammates.