The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Friday, July 23rd
The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Friday, July 23rd
Birmingham Phoenix (Men) vs London Spirit (Men), 2nd Match
Birmingham Phoenix (Men) 148/7 (19.2 ov)
London Spirit (Men) 144/6 (20 ov)
Result - Birmingham Phoenix (Men) won by 3 wickets
Birmingham Phoenix Men launched their Hundred campaign with a thrilling three-wicket win over London Spirit to gain revenge for the Spirit's triumph in the Women's clash earlier in the day.
In front of a 12,137 crowd at Edgbaston, the Spirit were lifted to 144 for six from their 100 balls by a dazzling 64 from 40 balls from Zak Crawley.
Adam Milne led the Phoenix bowling with a superb two for 18 from 20 balls and also brought the crowd to its feet with a stunning return catch to dismiss Ravi Bopara.
Phoenix captain Moeen Ali then led his side's reply with 40 from 30 balls to pave the way for a stunning finale from Chris Benjamin. The 22-year-old Warwickshire batsman, drafted into the Phoenix side on the eve of the tournament, smashed an unbeaten 24 from 15 balls to see his side to 148 for seven with three balls to spare.
The Spirit, put in, were given a perky start by Crawley before Josh Inglis and Dan Lawrence sent up catches in quick succession to leave the score 26 for two. Crawley stayed to form the backbone of the innings, reaching a 30-ball half-century with a six off Imran Tahir. Support for him was fleeting, though Joe Denly struck two sixes and a four in a 14-ball 25.
Bopara threatened briefly before departing to that brilliant, one-handed grab by Milne, a moment which nearly took the roof of the Eric Hollies Stand.
In reply, the Phoenix soon lost both openers as Miles Hammond nicked Chris Wood behind and Finn Allen was bowled by Mohammad Amir. Wood conceded just five runs from his first ten balls and then threw a stunning catch into the mix. Livingstone (19, 15 balls) launched a blow off Blake Cullen which would have cleared the ropes but was brilliantly held by Wood, racing round the boundary.
Another excellent catch on the rope, by Roelof van der Merwe, did for Bell-Drummond. Van der Merwe then added the big wicket of Ali, caught at long off which left the Phoenix under pressure.
Pressure? Benjamin does not know the meaning of the word. He scooped Cullen over third man for six then hooked him over the square rope to put the Phoenix in the box seat. Fittingly, he then struck the winning boundary to seal a thrilling win for the Phoenix.
Phoenix batsman Chris Benjamin said:
"There was definitely a little bit of pressure out there with the scoring rate up above eight an over if we'd been in a normal T20, but I gave myself a little bit of time to get used to the wicket and then managed to connect with a few."
Spirit batsman Zak Crawley said.
"To play my first game in the Hundred was a great experience. It's definitely different to T20 with the slightly different rules and two overs from one end and it takes a bit of getting used to but, at the end of the day, it's cricket and you've still got to play cricket shots and bowl all the same balls you would in T20.
"We have got four home games on the spin now. We were away tonight and playing at Edgbaston is never easy but we probably had our chances to win and didn't take them."
Birmingham Phoenix (Women) vs London Spirit (Women), 2nd Match
London Spirit launched their campaign with a three-wicket victory over Birmingham Phoenix as The Hundred arrived in the Second City with a real thriller at Edgbaston.
Birmingham Phoenix (Women) 128/6 (20 ov)
London Spirit (Women) 132/7 (19.1 ov)
Result - London Spirit (Women) won by 3 wickets
In front of a boisterous 6,317 crowd, the Spirit were faced with the challenge of keeping up with the Joneses after the Phoenix, batting first, were lifted to 128 for six in their 100 balls by local pair Eve and Amy Jones who added 64 in 41 balls.
Only those two got past 13, however, against an accurate Spirit attack led by Charlotte Dean (one for 15 from 15 balls) and Freya Davies (one for 19 from 20).
The Spirit then reached their target with four balls to spare after Naomi Dattani (34, 19 balls) supplied a lightning start and Deepti Sharma added a skilful 28 (21) mid-innings.
Put in, the Phoenix batters had to work hard for runs against some excellent bowling which limited them to 24 for two from the first powerplay (25 balls). Deandra Dottin took a brilliant caught-and-bowled to remove Katie Mack and Davies bowled Shafali Verma.
When Heather Knight struck with her first ball, Emily Arlott caught by Dottin in the covers, the Phoenix were struggling at 37 for three after 36 balls.
Eve Jones (47, 41 balls) and Amy Jones (33, 17) counter-attacked strongly, the latter, at the ground she has always called home, hitting the first Hundred six in Birmingham.
Their stand was broken when Amy Jones was bowled by Dean. Eve Jones fell three short of a deserved fifty with seven balls left in the innings and, after just four runs came from the last five balls, the Spirit left the field at half-time well-pleased.
Spirit's reply took an early jolt when Dottin fell lbw to Issy Wong but Dattani gave her side a thunderous start with three fours and a six from successive balls from Arlott. Dattani was looking dangerous when she chipped Erin Burns' fifth ball to mid-wicket, but the foundation she laid meant the Spirit entered the last 50 balls needing just 61.
Knight kept the Spirit momentum high with a brisk 21 but, after the England captain was bowled by Kirstie Gordon, two wickets in three balls from Arlott heaped the pressure back on the Spirit at 108 for six. It was anyone's game with five needed from six balls Danielle Gibson settled the matter with two audacious fours from her first two balls.
Phoenix captain Amy Jones said:
"It was a great atmosphere and a good game for the people watching, I guess, but it was really disappointing to lose because we had looked forward to this game for such a long time. We just didn't play our best.
"I really enjoyed batting out there. I quite like it in the middle and finding the gaps and hitting boundaries when I can and it was great when Eve and I got some momentum out there.
"It did feel like anybody's game near the end because we took some wickets and built some pressure, but we didn't always bowl to our field and that cost us."
Spirit all-rounder Deepti Sharma said.:
"It was great to start the tournament with a win. I have been really looked forward to this competition and everyone in our team played really well so I am very happy.
"I really enjoyed batting out there and showing what I can do. The atmosphere in the ground was very good so I just had to keep clear in my mind what I needed to do."
Additional reporting by Tejas Anand, Hundred Rising Reporter
Danielle Gibson strode to the crease with her team requiring five from six balls facing England international Kirstie Gordon.
She had just witnessed her team-mate Charlotte Dean being run out by an accurate throw from Katie Mack.
Pressure was mounting with the Birmingham Phoenix buoyed on by vocal support from a 6,317 strong crowd - a record for a professional women’s match outside of London.
Gibson, primarily a bowler, had not had the greatest day with the ball, her 10 balls going for 18 runs with Eve Jones taking it on herself to dispatch her repeatedly through the covers. However, now Gibson was presented with a golden opportunity for redemption.
As the ball was delivered she awkwardly switched her stance into that of a left-handed batter - something commonplace in today’s game - and swung, more in hope than conviction, towards the ball.
The ball skewed off the blade towards the vacant ‘third’ region where a misfield from none other than Eve Jones, the heroine of the first innings, allowed it to trickle away to the boundary to reduce the runs required to just one.
The next delivery was bowled by Georgia Elwiss and was imperiously swung away to the square-leg boundary by Gibson to grant her team victory by three wickets with just four balls remaining.
It was somewhat of a concern for the London Spirit that they required Gibson to finish the chase as they squandered positions of dominance in both innings.
In the first innings the Spirit had the Phoenix 37 for three after the first 36 balls.
After this, a strong 64-run partnership between both Joneses, Eve and Amy allowed the Phoenix to post a total (128) that was about 10 runs below par.
Eve’s innings (47 off 41) was more patient, taking time to get her eye in before capitalising on somewhat loose bowling and wayward fielding in the middle overs.
Skipper Amy Jones provided some much-needed impetus with a spritely 33 from just 17 balls. The Phoenix captain began her counter-punch with a brace of fours off the bowling of her opposing number - Heather Knight.
Amy Jones ran hard, minimised dot balls and peppered the boundary with crisply timed strokes, with a beautifully placed reverse sweep off Dean’s bowling committing itself to memory.
In the second innings it was the relatively new name of Naomi Dattani who broke the back of the chase.
Dattani, unfazed by the dismissal of opening partner Deandra Dottin, unleashed some brutal ball striking. It was Emily Arlott in particular who bore the brunt of this hitting as Dattani dispatched four consecutive deliveries to the boundary, three fours and a six smeared over square leg’s despairing dive.
This strong start meant that the Spirit were always ahead of the rate and were looking strong favourites with 25 balls remaining, needing 27 with set batter Deepti Sharma at the crease. However, the Spirit appeared set to throw away a position of ascendency as they lost a remarkable three wickets in four balls without scoring.
Despite this late innings wobble, a brave scoop from Amara Carr off the pace of Issy Wong and Gibson’s fearless boundaries meant that the Spirit were able to scrape over the line.
:: The 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.
Birmingham Phoenix Women - Shafali Verma, Katie Mack, Emily Arlott, Evelyn Jones, Amy Jones(c)(wk), Erin Burns, Georgia Elwiss, Gwen Davies, Issy Wong, Kirstie Gordon, Abtaha Maqsood
London Spirit Women - Deandra Dottin, Naomi Dattani, Heather Knight(c), Deepti Sharma, Chloe Tryon, Susie Rowe, Charlie Dean, Amara Carr(wk), Danielle Gibson, Freya Davies, Alice Monaghan
Start Time: 15:00
Toss: London Spirit Women won the toss and decided to field
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Officials: Jasmine Naeem, Robert Bailey, Neil Bainton, Anna Harris, James Whitaker
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