Fairbreak Invitational 2022 RECAP | Points Table, scores, and everything that you need to know
Written By: Ritwika Dhar
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A truly inclusive and global T20 league, the carnival of cricket, the FairBreak Invitational tournament commenced on May 4 at the Dubai International Stadium. With the soulful singing of renowned Pakistani singer Zeb Bangash, the opening ceremony resonated the very aim of this tournament to showcase how women’s cricket has come so far and now has an independent league of its own with its own made stars like Suzie Bates, Heather Knight, Sophie Devine, Deandra Dottin, Marizanne Kapp and not a female version of any league of male cricketers. It is a revolution not only for women’s cricket but also for cricket in general where players from 38 nations are involved including 50 associate players.
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Match 1: Warriors vs Falcons
In the opening game, Falcons captain Suzie Bates opted to field first after winning the toss. Warriors' dynamic opening pair Hayley Matthews and Georgia Redmayne came out to bat. It seemed Matthews started from where she left at the World Cup and shared a huge partnership of 90 runs with Redmayne in the first 10 overs. After some missed chances, Hong Kong bowler Mariko Hill gave the breakthrough to Falcons by dismissing Matthews for a well-made 58 off 35. Despite being a keeper, UAE’s Theertha Satish pulled off a stunning catch at the deep mid-wicket boundary. But Redmayne held the other end firmly and took Warriors to 177/2 with her unbeaten 80 off 61.
To chase down this mountain of a total, Falcons sent their most experienced pair Suzie Bates and Chamari Athapaththu who gave a rock-solid start to the innings. After getting two lifelines from Prabodhani and Yasmeen Khan, she went on to score 60 off 43 before Esha Oza dismissed her. But Athapaththu didn’t stop on scoring just 50 as she ended on scoring the 1st century of this tournament with a huge six and brought an 8-wicket victory for Falcons on the next delivery pulling another towering six.
Athapaththu was awarded as the Player of the Match for her scintillating 107 off 55.
Warriors – 177/2 (20) G. Redmayne 80* (61), H. Matthews 58 (35); S. Tippoch 1/25 (4), M. Hill 1/23 (2)
Falcons – 178/2 (18.4) C. Athapaththu 107* (55), S. Bates 60 (43); H. Matthews 1/23 (4), E. Oza 1/28 (3)
Match 2: Tornadoes vs Sapphires
Day 1 was dominated by the batters, but Day 2 was dominated by the bowlers. Sapphires won the toss and elected to bowl first. South African speedster Shabnim Ismail gave a dream start to the Sapphires with a ripper of a delivery to dismiss the Kiwi skipper, Sophie Devine on 10. It went through the gates of Devine and Ismail gave the first breakthrough. But Netherlands star batter Sterre Kalis kept going and scored a brilliant 29-ball 32 with some beautiful cover drives. She also weaved an important 50-run stand with her Tornadoes' captain Stafanie Taylor. But Hong Kong captain Kary Chan after getting hit for a six took Kalis’ wicket in the very next delivery.
It was the day of the associate players to shine as the 17-yr old USA bowler Geetika Kodali joined the party by dismissing Stafanie Taylor and Sune Luus cheaply. Kuwait player Maryam Omar also showcased some excellent fielding and ran out Natasha Miles. In this dire situation, Katey Martin (22 off 22) and Aliya Riaz (20 off 25) put up a 39-run partnership to take Tornadoes to a respectable total of 119/7. Ismail was the pick of the bowlers with 3/20.
Sapphires' have arguably the least experienced batting line-up and Tornadoes managed to exploit it well. Thailand all-rounder Chanida Sutthiruang scalped Elyse Villani’s wicket on just 1. Irish opener Gaby Lewis (22 off 34) and Dutch keeper Babette de Leede (24 off 14) put up a 32-run partnership. But Nepal’s experienced campaigner Sita Rana Magar trapped Lewis LBW. On the other hand, Malaysia’s Wini Duraisingam dismissed Kim Garth (11 off 12) and Kary Chan for a duck. Pakistani legend Captain Sana Mir (18 off 25) tried to put up some resistance, but her compatriot Diana Baig dismissed her in the penultimate over. With Mir's wicket, Sapphires' hopes of chasing this total down went in vain. They fell short of 17 runs.
In this low-scoring thriller, Sterre Kalis was awarded Player of the Match for her important 32 runs.
Tornadoes – 119/7 (20) S. Kalis 32 (29), K. Martin 22 (22); S. Ismail 3/20 (4), G. Kodali 2/20 (4)
Sapphires - 102/8 (20) B. de Leede 24 (14), G. Lewis 22 (34); D. Baig 2/15 (4), W. Duraisingam 2/20 (4)
Match 3: Barmy Army vs Spirit
In the 2nd match of Day 2, Team Spirit won the toss and invited Barmy Army to bat first. Sophie Ecclestone dismissed the dangerous Deandra Dottin early on 7. On the other hand, Sophia Dunkley ended UAE batter Kavisha Egodage’s struggle of 8 off 22 by dismissing her LBW. Captain Heather Knight (36 off 25) joined Laura Wolvaardt (38 off 33) on the crease and they stitched a partnership of 65 runs before they got out on back-to-back deliveries as the Team Barmy Army was reduced to 93/4. However, a late flourish from keeper Shemaine Campbelle (28* off 17) took them to 125/6. Ecclestone ended with 3/15 after her 4 overs.
In response, Spirit could only salvage 75/9. Natthakhan Chantam was the highest run-scorer in Spirit’s innings with 21 off 29 before she retired hurt. Rwanda’s Henriette Ishimwe starred in the show with a brilliant wicket of captain Nicola Carey off her very first delivery that went through the gates and ended up rattling the stumps. She also ran out Sophia Dunkley and Nattaya Boochatham. USA’s Tara Norris was the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets and ensured a huge victory of 50 runs.
Barmy Army skipper Heather Knight was adjudged as the Player of the Match for her match-winning 36 (25) and 1/8.
Barmy Army – 125/6 (20) L. Wolvaardt 38 (33), H. Knight 36 (25); S. Ecclestone 3/15 (4), S. Dunkley 1/17 (3)
Spirit – 75/9 (20) N. Chantham 21* (29) retd hurt, S. Dunkley 8 (9); T. Norris 2/17 (4), R. Ahmed 1/7 (4)
Match 4: Barmy Army vs Falcons
After a sedate opening partnership of 49 in the 1st 10 overs between Deandra Dottin and Kavisha Egodage, Dottin paced the innings well in the next 10 overs. With her unbeaten 80 off 59, Dottin took Barmy Army to 152/3. Captain Heather Knight (20 off 15) and Laura Wolvaardt (17 off 16) also played some good cameos. In the Falcons’ bowling, LAPs were the stars. Bhutan’s Anju Gurung bowled 9 dot balls on the trot and kept Dottin quiet initially, whereas Sweden’s Gunjan Shukla’s bowled a brilliant good length delivery to dismiss the ever-consistent Wolvaardt.
In response, Danni Wyatt who was playing her 1st Fairbreak game captained the Falcons side in the absence of Suzie Bates and led the chase from the front. She stitched two big partnerships of 67 and 86 alongside Chamari Athapaththu (42 off 31) and Britney Cooper (32* off 23) respectively and scored an unbeaten 76 off 49 to see her team home.
For this match-winning knock, Wyatt was adjudged as the Player of the Match. Falcons registered back-to-back victories.
Barmy Army – 152/3 (20) D. Dottin 80* (59), K. Egodage 24 (29); G. Shukla 1/12 (2), J. Alam 1/2
Falcons - 156/2 (17.3) D. Wyatt 76* (49), C. Athapaththu 42 (31); R. Venkatesh 1/21 (2)
Match 5: Tornadoes vs Warriors
In the 1st innings, Sophie Devine scored a scintillating 48 off 35 including 4 big sixes before Hayley Matthews got the better of her. At the other end, Netherlands' star batter Sterre Kalis scored a brilliant half-century (58 off 57) and captain Stafanie Taylor (31* off 21) ensured a total of 152/3 on the board.
Skipper Taylor broke the opening partnership of 47 by dismissing her compatriot Hayley Matthews on 21 off 19. Sindhu Sriharsha joined Georgia Redmayne in the middle and scored 66 runs together until she got out on 35 (35). Warriors still needed 37 off 24 when Mignon du Preez and Redmayne were on the crease. But the Malaysian captain, Winifred Duraisingam didn't miss the opportunity to showcase her abilities on the big stage. In the 17th over, she scalped both the batters’ wicket as well as Esha Oza and ensured that the Warriors' finished 13 short of the total.
Duraisingam won the Player of the Match award for her stifling spell of 3/24 and became the leading wicket-taker of the tournament.
Tornadoes – 152/3 (20) S. Kalis 58 (57), S. Devine 48 (35); H. Matthews 2/33 (4), K. Bryce 1/46 (4)
Warriors – 139/6 (20) G. Redmayne 48 (46), S. Sriharsha 35 (35); W. Duraisingam 3/24 (4), S. Luus 1/22 (4)
Match 6: Spirit vs Falcons
The unbeaten side Falcons were up against Spirit, who were searching for their first victory. Team Falcons won the toss and elected to field first. Sophia Dunkley led the batting with her brisk 51 off 30 before Anju Gurung dismissed her to get her maiden wicket of the tournament. Bismah Maroof (19* off 17) and Nicola Carey (19* off 11) added 33 runs at the end to take Spirit’s total up to 147/3 at the end of the 20 overs.
Chamari Athpaththu once again started the chase well. But Ecclestone dismissed her on 42 off 28 followed by Japan’s 40-year-old slow left-arm orthodox Shizuka Miyaji’s amazing bowling spell of 4-18. The UAE captain Chaya Mughal also scalped a couple of wickets. Falcons' winning streak ended as they lost by 27 runs.
Miyaji was adjudged as the Player of the Match.
Spirit – 147/3 (20) S. Dunkley 51 (30), S. Bryce 26 (22); C. Athapaththu 1/17 (4), A. Gurung 1/34 (4)
Falcons – 120/9 (20) C. Athapaththu 42 (28), T. Satish 20 (26); S. Miyaji 4/18 (4), C. Mughal 2/13 (3)
Match 7: Warriors vs Sapphires
USA's teenage pacer Geetika Kodali and English LAP Tash Farrant picked up a couple of wickets each to restrict team Warriors to 129/5. Georgia Redmayne once again top-scored with 33 off 39 and experienced Mignon du Preez played a good hand of 31 off 26. But Sapphires’ opening pair of Elyse Villani (62 off 51) and Gaby Lewis (62* off 57) chased the down total without losing any wicket. They shared the tournament’s highest partnership of 133 runs and brought up the 1st victory for Sapphires in style by 10 wickets.
Irish opener Gaby Lewis won the Player of the Match award for her unbeaten 62 off 57.
Warriors – 129/5 (20) G. Redmayne 33 (39), M. du Preez 31 (26); G. Kodali 2/10 (2), T. Farrant 2/30 (4)
Sapphires – 133/0 (17.5) E. Villani 62* (51), G. Lewis 62* (57); S. Connell 0/16 (4), U. Prabodhani 0/21 (4)
Match 8: Spirit vs Sapphires
Spirit lost their first 3 wickets for just 15 runs. From such an adverse situation, Bismah Maroof and Nicola Carey stitched a humongous partnership of 114. Carey led from the front with 70 off 43, whereas Maroof played a supporting role throughout the innings and remained not out on 40 off 44. With Sophie Ecclestone’s brilliant finish of 20 off 11, Spirit’s innings ended on 156/4.
Sapphires were coming from a 10-wicket victory in the previous game. But Proteas pacer Ayabonga Khaka had other plans. She crushed the Sapphires' batting order with her 5/9. Ecclestone and Boochatham took 2 wickets each and they bundled out Saphhires for 101. Spirit posted a huge victory of 55 runs.
Ayabonga Khaka won the Player of the Match for her fiery 5-fer.
Spirit – 156/4 (20) N. Carey 70 (43), B. Maroof 40 (44); S. Ismail 1/14 (4), K. Chan 1/19 (3)
Sapphires – 101 (19.4) J. Allen 33* (41), K. Chan 22 (30); A. Khaka 5/9 (4), N. Boochatham 2/5 (2)
Match 9: Tornadoes vs Barmy Army
Team Barmy Army won the toss and invited Tornadoes to bat first. Barmy Army had a dream start as they took a couple of quick wickets courtesy of the brilliant fielding of Kavisha Egodage and captain Heather Knight. After losing two solid openers in Devine and Kalis early, Sune Luus (66* off 58), and Stafanie Taylor (78* off 54) scored half-centuries and weaved an unbeaten 145-run stand to take Tornadoes to 150/2.
In response, Deandra Dottin (56* off 40), Kavisha Egodage (43 off 42), and Heather Knight (20* off 9) chased the total with 25 balls to spare and sealed a big 8-wicket victory to hand Tornadoes their first loss in this tournament.
The losing captain Stafanie Taylor won the Player of the Match for her 78* off 54.
Tornadoes – 150/2 (20) S. Taylor 78* (54), S. Luus 66* (58); T. Norris 0/21 (4), D. Dottin 0/28 (4)
Barmy Army – 153/2 (15.5) D. Dottin 56* (40), K. Egodage 43 (42); SR Magar 1/24 (2), S. Devine 0/8 (2)