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The Hundred Women’s Competition


Trent Rockets (Women) vs Birmingham Phoenix (Women), 27th Match 3:30PM

Match Summary

Trent Rockets (Women) 125/7 (20 ov)

Birmingham Phoenix (Women) 129/7 (18.4 ov)

Result - Birmingham Phoenix (Women) won by 3 wickets


Aussie all-rounder Erin Burns hit 38 from 26 balls and Emily Arlott 22 from 14 to keep Birmingham Phoenix in with an outside chance of qualifying for the final stages of the inaugural women’s Hundred.

Phoenix recovered from 71 for six, needing 55 with 42 balls left, to pip Trent Rockets by three wickets with six balls to spare after Burns and Arlott had put on 48 from 30 deliveries.

Left-arm spinner Kirstie Gordon took three for 26 to make it 12 wickets in the tournament as Rockets Women totalled 125 for seven from 100 balls, Abbey Freeborn (30) and Heather Graham (26) adding 54 in 39 balls for the fifth wicket.  But despite Sammy-Jo Johnson taking three for 22 to increase her tally to 15, the total was not enough.

Trent Rockets Women remain one of three teams on seven points with a home match against Manchester Originals to come, while Phoenix, on six points, travel to Northern Superchargers on Thursday.

Second and third in the final table will meet to decide who meets Southern Brave, who are already through to the Lord’s final.

Rachel Priest and Johnson gave the Rockets innings a strong start with 34 from 20 balls, both hitting sixes, but the innings lost some momentum as Johnson was lbw trying to reverse sweep off-spinner Burns, Katherine Brunt was bowled by Gordon and Nat Sciver was run out by a direct hit arrowed in from deep midwicket by Katie Mack to be 63 for four from 52.

Graham had an escape on nine when she was dropped at cover off Emily Arlott before she and Freeborn added 28 in 15 balls. But both were dismissed in the space of three balls by Gordon, who beat Freeborn’s swing before Graham hit her straight to mid-off in a final set that cost only one run.

Shafali Verma, on 16 from nine balls after her match-winning 76 not out against Welsh Fire on Monday, was caught at deep midwicket in an early setback for Phoenix, giving Brunt her wicket for the second time in the tournament and the fifth time this summer after a battle between the two that began in the England-India international series.

The innings seemed to be going nowhere as Eve Jones was leg before to Georgia Davis’s off spin and skipper Amy Jones to a poor shot that saw her caught at short third man off Johnson, who quickly added a second wicket with a low return catch to remove Mack. When Sarah Glenn had Gwenan Davis caught behind they were 58 for five.

Izzy Wong top-edged to short third man but Burns and Arlott turned things round. Burns swept ball 88 straight to deep backward square but Arlott, who survived a tough caught and bowled chance to Johnson, kept her cool to win the match with back-to-back boundaries.

Phoenix match-winner Erin Burns, who top-scored with 38, said:

“It was a pretty good pitch and we felt like we had good plans that didn’t come off and there was a bit of panic in the middle order but Emily can hit the ball hard and we felt if we stayed calm we could get the runs. I’ve been pretty happy with my last two innings and happy to contribute with bat and ball today.

“We were pretty happy with the way we bowled. I believe the last two overs only went for seven runs and that last set from Kirstie Gordon was outstanding. What has been so impressive about her is that a couple of times she has not had the greatest start and gone for a few in the Powerplay but then she has come back and bowled like a champion.

“So we felt their total had been 15 or so under par. With the quick outfield here it was a score we believed we could chase down.

“We need a couple of results to go our way but we are still in there fighting.”

Rockets’ top-scorer Abbey Freeborn said:

“We felt at one point it looked like we had done just enough with our batting innings but unfortunately we could not quite defend it. Probably we could have done with 10 runs or so more.

“Getting Verma out early was a massive wicket for us and gave us a lot of encouragement and we were on top at 71 for six in their innings but Burns and Arlott batted really well and that won them the game.

“Up until this game with getting to the knock-out stages within our control. If we won this one and Sunday’s game we were guaranteed to be in the eliminator. Now we will need a bit of luck with run-rates and other results but I would still back ourselves to get through.”


Brunt versus Verma - some wickets just mean more 

Additional Reporting By Jack Butler, ECB HUndred Rising Reporter, Nottingham

Back in 2016, I was bowled first-ball in a village match. When you’re effectively bounced out by a 50-year-old, it stays with you, ingrained in your mind - alongside the other times you are left wondering why you put up with this game. 

Some things you just don’t forget. So, in the return fixture, unlike most, I knew what was coming - and I charged the first ball, smashing him for four back down the ground. Was it necessary no, but did it feel good? Of course. 

Now, I have no hard feelings for this guy. I have never spoken to him. I don’t know his name or anything at all about him. But, at that moment, I wanted to hit the ball as far as I could - and a four will have to do as I am rubbish at cricket.

Naturally, I got bowled the very next ball, but that’s not the point. 

What is, with niche 'village cricket' examples aside, is that we all understand exactly what is going on between Shafali Verma and Katherine Brunt. Sometimes, you just want to come out on top; the game can wait, because, in that moment, the individual battle can’t. 

So let’s recap how we got to this stage. Earlier this summer, the battle started in the England and India Bitality international T20s.

Match one - Brunt got Verma for a two-ball duck. Match two saw Verma hit Brunt for five fours in just five balls. And, in the third T20, Brunt had Verma out bowled, after the opener dragged on. 

What followed was a silent send-off, the sort of nonsense from Brunt that is perfectly at home on a cricket pitch - even if, when we take the sport away, we are effectively watching a 36-year-old 'shush' someone half their age. 

Earlier in the Hundred, at Edgbaston, part two took place.

Verma hitting two fours - one down the ground, one through square leg, before the veteran outwitted the youngster, with a masterful slower ball that was edged onto middle stump.

Today, Part Three was on offer. Verma and Brunt meeting again as the Trent Rockets and Birmingham Phoenix are local rivals and therefore play each other twice, not once, in the group stage.  

A Trent Bridge crowd of just under 7,000, dotted with the unmistakable yellow of the Rockets strip and a few patches of the Phoenix's orange colours, were all engulfed in what was largely a game within a game. Brunt vs Verma. Once more. 

New-ball in hand, Brunt ran in. Hard. The first ball whizzed down the leg-side before Verma knocked a single off the very next delivery. For now, the battle would have to wait. 

With 15 balls gone, the England seamer was back into the attack. The first ball saw Verma on the offensive, hitting through mid-wicket for four. It was as dismissive as it gets. 

Third ball, and once again, Verma was trying to smash Brunt into the stands. This time, however, she could only pick out Heather Graham in the deep and Brunt had her fifth wicket of the competition - incredibly, two of those are Verma.

Naturally, some wickets mean more, in both importance and emotion. When Verma was out, Brunt was screaming and punching the air, before her team-mates engulfed her with a huge celebration. 

That sort of moment sets the tone and clearly, the Rockets were up for it - if the first half of their performance in the field was anything to go by. 

In their chase of 125, the Phoenix collapsed, losing three wickets in five balls, with Sammy-Jo Johnson picking up two - including a caught and bowled. Even a six, that cleared the boundary by 15 odd yards, from Issy Wong, couldn't stop the frequency with which the Phoenix wickets fell on way to 71 for six off 58 balls. 

But then something changed.

Whether or not the Rockets were caught up in the emotion of the game - or even that individual battle - can be debated, but they certainly took their foot off the gas. A brilliant cameo from Erin Burns, who hit 38 off 26, was key as the visitors somehow rescued a three-wicket victory. 

Brunt may have won the individual battle, but in the end, it was Verma and the Phoenix, who, from absolutely nowhere, would come out on top.  

:: The ECB’s Hundred Rising is providing eight aspiring, young journalists the opportunity to tell the story of The Hundred men’s and women’s competitions through their own eyes.



The Hundred Men’s Competition


Trent Rockets (Men) vs Birmingham Phoenix (Men), 27th Match 7:00PM

Match Summary

Trent Rockets (Men) 150/9 (19.5 ov)

Birmingham Phoenix (Men) 166/6 (20 ov)

Result - Birmingham Phoenix (Men) won by 16 runs.

Birmingham Phoenix added a first away win to their 100 per cent home record to climb above Southern Brave at the top of The Hundred men’s table but the three qualifiers for the knock-out phase will not be known until all the contenders have played their final matches.

Phoenix were without skipper and talisman Moeen Ali after his England recall but Liam Livingstone led from the front in his place, smashing 50 off 31 balls. Miles Hammond was 38 not out from 20 as they racked up 166 for six after being put in, Sam Cook taking two for 32.

Steven Mullaney hit 49 for the Rockets, who were always up against it after their top three all misfired, Pat Brown taking three for 27, Dillon Pennington two for 11 on his tournament debut and Imran Tahor two for 26 as the home side went down by 17 runs, although they can still claim a place in the knock-out phase..

Phoenix were 41 for one from 25 balls, Will Smeed having been caught by a diving Steven Mullaney at short midwicket but Livingstone and Finn Allen added 71 from 45 balls for the second wicket before Allen, dropped by Mullaney at wide long-off on 19 and having hit Matt Carter into neighbouring Fox Road, was bowled by 91mph yorker from Marchant De Lange for 29 off 22.

Livingstone was going for a fourth six off Samit Patel when he was brilliantly caught at long-off as Mullaney skipped over the rope and back to pull off the parry-catch manoeuvre that is now familiar but no less impressive for that.

Chris Benjamin top-edged a Sam Cook slower ball but Miles Hammond got after Rashid Khan and De Lange as balls 80 to 90 saw the total swell by 31. A Benny Howell steepler off Cook dropped into the hands of deep midwicket and Chris Cooke was run out in a final set by De Lange that conceded only five runs.

Pennington, called up for his first outing, announced himself in spectacular style, dismissing Alex Hales and David Malan to remove the Rockets’ biggest threats in the space of four deliveries as Hales was bowled backing away and Malan, dropped at point first ball, feathered a catch behind.

D’Arcy Short departed in the Powerplay too, after which Mullaney and Patel threatened to fashion a Nottinghamshire-built recovery before Imran Tahir, lofted for six by Mullaney, produced a superb googly to bowl the latter for 16 off eight and at halfway Rockets needed another 92.

Mullaney stuck around for 49 from 33 but after skipper Lewis Gregory fell for 25 off 17 no one could come up with the innings to help him get the Rockets over the line. Tom Moores was caught at long on, Rashid Khan at deep cover, Mullaney himself at deep square leg and Carter bowled as Rockets finished on 150 for nine.


 Phoenix captain and top scorer Liam Livingstone said:

“I thought it was a fantastic team performance. Hammo’s innings at the end was pretty vital to get us up to that score, we took wickets in the Powerplay which is exactly what we wanted and the way we finished off at the death was pretty special.

“We are not a team full of superstars who are going to blow teams away but we play good cricket, we have a great bunch of lads and great backroom staff and fingers crossed we get a win on Tuesday and go straight to the final.

“You are always going to miss players like Moeen and we were without Adam Milne too who has flown under the radar a bit, but it is not about 11 players, it is about 15 or 16 squad players and you look at someone like Dillon Pennington who has been on the sidelines and has come in tonight and helped win the game for us.”

For the Trent Bridge Rockets, Steven Mullaney said:

“It is obviously disappointing. We thought it was a par score that we could have chased but it seemed like when we started to get a partnership going we lost wickets at the wrong time for us.

But credit to them, Livingstone and Allen played well to put them in a good position but I think we clawed it back really well, although we probably didn’t execute as well as we could at the end of our bowling innings and we put a couple of catches down as well.  

“But it is simple now. If we win our final game here on Sunday, we qualify for the knock-out stages. It is like being in a quarter-final in the Blast - if we win three games, we win the tournament.”

Of his spectacular boundary catch, Mullaney added: “It is something we practice now, so it is no longer fluke. I needed to hold that one to make up for the one I dropped earlier.”

Additional Reporting By Jack Butler, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter, Nottingham

Smeed's confidence of youth shows the way


In 2001, Will Smeed was born. I say this because it is important to remember that one of the best finds of The Hundred is very much still learning his trade. 

So far, the 19-year-old's performances for Birmingham Phoenix have been on another level. Before today, Smeed had hit 146 runs in just three innings - 36 (13), 45 (28) and 65* (38). It’s some return considering he was only called up as a late replacement when Henry Brookes was forced out with injury. 

There’s no doubt Smeed was shocked when he got the nod. Tournaments like The Hundred have a knack of unearthing stories like this. Players can go from Second XI cricket to mixing it against international stars in a couple of months. In Smeed’s case, solely because of one call from his agent - and a bit of faith from the Phoenix analyst. 

As he hurriedly packed his bag to go and play with the likes of Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone, he probably couldn't imagine it going as well as it has. At the time of his call-up, Smeed had played just 16 matches at domestic level, for his county Somerset. There is no doubt that Birmingham Phoenix took a risk, but for both the team and the player - it has come off in abundance. 

Smeed has made a habit of lightning-fast starts, but stuck on zero after his first two balls - both of which swung tantalisingly past his outside edge - he could have been forgiven for thinking he needed to change his buccaneering approach.

But he didn't. He stayed true to himself. And such is the audacity of the youngster, his next three balls went for four. A player of his limited experience could easily have panicked and made a poor decision, but Smeed stayed true to his game, he backed himself, and in a flash he was 12 off five.

Eventually, Smeed was out, caught for 18 off just ten deliveries but, that's not the point. 

His ‘failure’ (and it’s very harsh to call it that, but 18 is his lowest score so far and he's set very high standards with his form) didn't hinder his team. The Somerset opener may have been out relatively cheaply - but he was out striking at 180. In The Hundred, the value of your wicket is so low that it doesn't matter if you chuck your wicket away, because your side are already 24-1 after 13 balls. Not only had Smeed set the platform, but he also set the tone. 

Tonight, others will get the praise, but if Livingstone was walking out at 0-1 after three balls it would have been a very different story altogether. It was a tame dismissal for Smeed, yes, but in a week of talented, young Somerset openers being criticised for hitting the ball in the air, Smeed shouldn't change his mindset one bit. 

After all, it's the risks that he takes that have got him to this position. In 20 domestic matches (all T20/100), Smeed has hit three fifties, 30 sixes, and 45 fours on his way to 541 runs. His career strike-rate is 141 and he is averaging comfortably over 30. When you look at his stats, and the ease and regularity with which he finds the fence, he almost becomes a cheat code ready-made for The Hundred that somehow only the Phoenix knew existed.

To focus on his dismissal and the possible ways to avoid it would only weaken what is his biggest strength - finding the boundary. His job is to score runs quickly, and while 18 off 10 isn't an innings that will get the headlines, it played its part in the Phoenix going on to win the match. 

Upon Smeed's dismissal, arguably the most in-form white-ball batter in the men's game walked out. Livingstone went on to smash a fifty as the Phoenix rocked up 166 - a score the Rockets never looked like chasing, eventually falling 17 runs short. 

It could have been all so different. Had Smeed not backed himself, Livingstone could have been walking out at 0-1. Instead, he continued to attack, and he continued to find the boundary. And with all the success he has had so far doing just that, Smeed shouldn’t - not for even a second - think about doing anything differently. 

 

:: The ECB’s Hundred Rising is providing eight aspiring, young journalists the opportunity to tell the story of The Hundred men’s and women’s competitions through their own eyes.


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