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Liam Livingstone at the Ageas Bowl
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The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Friday, July 30th

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July 30th 2021, The Hundred

The Hundred Men’s Competition - Southern Brave v Birmingham Phoenix, Ageas Bowl


Match Summary

Southern Brave (Men) 152/6 (19.2 ov)

Birmingham Phoenix (Men) 151/3 (20 ov)

Result - Southern Brave (Men) won by 4 wickets


A thrilling finish at the Ageas Bowl saw Southern Brave rack up their first win in The Hundred, beating Birmingham Phoenix by 4 wickets with just 3 balls to spare.

Brave’s captain James Vince had led from the front with a 38-ball 60, but his dismissal by Moeen Ali off the 58th ball, top-edging a sweep to short fine leg, sparked a collapse from the home side as they sunk from 82 for 2 to 126 for 5 in the race to get over the line.

With Brave needing 18 from the final 10, Adam Milne (3 for 15 from 20 balls) had Ross Whiteley caught at long-on, but Benny Howell put down a crucial catch at deep midwicket, allowing Chris Jordan (17* from 9) to sprint a single off Tom Helm’s final wide and overhaul the 152-run target.

Earlier, Liam Livingstone had finally brought his England T20 form to The Hundred with a ferocious 68 from 44 balls for Phoenix, sharing an unbeaten 104-run partnership with Miles Hammond (44* from 29).

But it was Brave’s early squeezing of Phoenix which proved critical, the home side confining them to 27 for 1 in the first 25 balls - the least productive powerplay in the competition so far for the Birmingham-based side.

Vince’s decision to hand a 10-ball spell to left-arm wristspinner Jake Lintott (2 for 13 from 15 balls) was subsequently handsomely repaid, as Finn Allen danced down the wicket and was stumped off the 34th, before captain Moeen Ali fell 3 balls later for a duck - bowled attempting the sweep.

Between times, a wayward five from Colin de Grandhomme had cost Brave 18 runs, as well as the wicket of Livingstone, who skied to mid-off on 12* but was reprieved by an overstep from the bowler.

Phoenix benefitted from the error to the tune of 56 runs as Livingstone rode his luck, wildly swinging at almost every ball, a tactic which yielded four sixes.

In reply, Brave’s run chase stalled early after they lost Quinton de Kock to the 18th ball, the South African caught and bowled by Milne after steepling the ball high into the air.

By the time Milne struck again, beating Devon Conway for pace to have him bowled off the 81st, Vince had been and gone. But it was the skipper’s third half-century in four matches at the Ageas which proved crucial in his side putting their first points of the competition on the board.

Moeen Ali (Birmingham Phoenix):  “It was a very good game. I thought we pulled ourselves back into the game twice, with the bat and the ball. We lost 3 wickets quickly but Miles [Hammond] and [Liam] Livingstone played extremely well to get us to a very good score.”

“We had a decent start with the ball, the bowlers were going nicely and got us some wickets, and in the end probably we should have won the game. We need to get used to being in that situation and hopefully next time we win it.”

“We're still figuring out our best team. It’s only been 3 games and we’ve stuck with the same team for all 3, and we’re getting close to where we want to be. We’re learning, The Hundred is a new competition, so it’s going to take a bit of time.”

 

 

James Vince (Southern Brave): “It’s nice to be at home in front of a decent crowd and have them behind us. It got a bit tense towards the end, but delighted that we could get over the line tonight and get our first win on the board.”

 “It’s never nice getting out but luckily we bat deep. We’ve got the luxury of having those all-rounders, those quick bowlers that are able to give it a bit of a whack at the end, and CJ [Chris Jordan] with his experience was useful at the back end.”

“It’s a fairly short tournament so to get that first win on the board, particularly at home, should hopefully give us some momentum going forward. We know in these competitions if you make use of that momentum and that winning habit, you can get on a bit of a roll.”


Additional Reporting By Evie Ashton, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter, Southampton

Southern Brave’s men’s team had not won a match in The Hundred when cricket’s new competition rolled into the south coast for the first time on Friday night.

Nine days after the competition first took centre stage in London, and after navigating its way across England and Wales, the curiosity of cricket’s latest venture was enough to entice a willing crowd to the Ageas Bowl.

They were not to be disappointed.

After the women’s team maintained their perfect record the men ended their losing streak in cracking style to clinch victory with just three balls to spare.

It was a match that did everything to portray the ‘Every. Ball. Counts.’ branding plastered across the stadium.

Not that the fans inside the stadium were much bothered with the neon signs around them. The cricket did the heavy lifting. They were transfixed on the entertainment in the middle.

What has become apparent over the first nine days of action is the advantage of a home crowd.

At the Ageas Bowl tonight it was clear that the home crowd made the difference. And that was what made the match even more special.

James Vince rightly earned the Match Hero for an exquisite half century (60 off 38 balls) which was a crucial platform to put Southern Brave within reaching distance of the required total.

But this time with every boundary and every six came a thunderous roar from the crowd.

The Ageas Bowl stadium was lined with green caps and shirts.

Below the media centre, at the front row, a buzz of young boys and girls, brimming with excitement, with green sparkly cowboy hats seized every moment they could to signal the all-important fours for their home team.

In this moment, in this dramatic run chase, the crowds came together in electric fashion, to be with Southern Brave for every ball.

There was a feeling that we were all in this together. They were part of something bigger than a cricket match. Every. Fan. Counts.

With every shot hit, even the singles, the crowds exclaimed in support. They were playing alongside Vince, with him for every shot and did not give up as wickets fell.

As the sun set in the distance and the soft baby blue sky disappeared, the cold set in. But the crowd didn’t let that stop them making noise. A Mexican wave was triggered and people of all ages, all backgrounds, all cricketing abilities stood up to join in to be a part of the fun.

On one side, there’s a man dressed as a cricket bat dancing like it’s much later than in the evening than it is as the entire stand claps him in unison. On the other, there are families of children singing and dancing along to the music, clinging to the boundary gates to get as close look they can to their idols.

No matter who you were, you could enjoy this game of cricket.

The Hundred Rising Hosts blast some music as Birmingham Phoenix change bowlers and the crowd roars in excitement. The camera goes to two boys in their matching Southern Brave shirts who squeal in excitement to see themselves on camera.

You could not replicate this atmosphere, the adrenaline, the emotion.

By the time the home side scampered through for the winning run from a wide it felt like a bonus to the entertainment.

The fans had enjoyed their Friday. A collaboration of people from all walks of life; different generations, cricket nerds and cricket noobs, all together.

And just as quickly they disappeared again into the night, back to their lives with smiles on their faces to tell inviting stories ahead of the next game.

:: 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 Women’s Competition - Southern Brave v Birmingham Phoenix, Ageas Bowl

Match Summary

Southern Brave (Women) 141/2 (16.2 ov)

Birmingham Phoenix (Women) 140/4 (20 ov)

Southern Brave (Women) won by 8 wickets

SCORECARD

Southern Brave continued their unbeaten run in The Hundred, beating Birmingham Phoenix by 8 wickets to go top of the table.

Danni Wyatt was the lynchpin, hammering an unbeaten 69 from 40 balls including four sixes and making mincemeat of the 141-run target set by Phoenix, chasing it down with 18 balls to spare.

Wyatt shared important partnerships with Sophia Dunkley (41 from 23) and Stafanie Taylor (22* from 14), making Phoenix’s total of 140 - led by an unbeaten 42* from 26 balls by skipper Amy Jones - look severely inadequate.

Brave had lost Smriti Mandhana early in their chase, caught hitting into the wind at deep midwicket off the 8th ball, but Dunkley ensured her side kept up with the required rate during the 25-ball powerplay.

Dunkley eventually fell to the 43rd ball, unfortunate to be run out at the non-striker’s end after a Wyatt drive deflected off the hand of bowler Abtaha Maqsood. Wyatt, though, ploughed on undaunted, slamming Izzy Wong for the first six of the day over cover before bringing up a 33-ball half-century off the 72nd and seeing Brave home with bags of time to spare.

Earlier, Phoenix’s new opening partnership of Verma and Eve Jones - their third opening combination is as many matches - had seen the pair add 58 runs from 45 balls.

Brave captain Anya Shrubsole was punished for 17 runs from her initial five, Verma showcasing her ferocious pull shot.

She added insult to injury in the next set of five by sending the 22nd ball just clear of Shrubsole at mid-on.

But leg-spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington (2 for 16) made a crucial double breakthrough, removing both set batters in the space of six balls - Verma falling LBW to the 45th, while Jones was bowled off the 50th coming down the pitch. Struck on the front pad, Verma appealed to DRS, but reviews showed it was “too close to call” and the on-field decision stood.

Skipper Amy Jones and Katie Mack combined in a 72-run partnership to ensure the punishment of the Brave bowlers continued. Jones saved the best for the 89th delivery: facing speedster Lauren Bell, she moved across her stumps, got down on one knee and swept beautifully through backward point for four.

Phoenix, though, stuttered in the final 10 balls, with Mack run out courtesy of an astute throw-in from Dunkley at midwicket before Erin Burns fell LBW to Shrubsole without scoring - their inability to finish with a flourish ultimately costing them dearly.

Amy Jones (Birmingham Phoenix):

“We were aiming for 150, and they really tightened up at the end. We faced a lot of yorkers and they dried it up at the end quite well.”

“It was an incredible innings from Danni Wyatt. We needed to control where we were hit better - we know she’s good over cover, so for her to get her boundaries mainly there is quite disappointing for us.”

“We needed clearer plans with the ball - that’s what let us down today.”

 Danni Wyatt (Southern Brave):

“It was a really pleasing innings and a great win for us. I was just batting and if it was in my area I’d go for it. I was defending the good balls, there was easy singles, and Dunks [Sophia Dunkley] was going really nicely which helped me as well - it didn’t put any pressure on me.”

“The Hundred has been an amazing spectacle for the women’s game, and the men’s. Amazing atmosphere again today - every game we’ve played at there’s been really good crowds. It’s fast-paced, it’s quick, you can't take much time to chill.”

“The girls have been on fire in these first 3 games. Hopefully we can rest well - we’ve got a massive game on Sunday at Lord’s against the Spirit, who have got an exceptional team, so that’s going to be a cracker of a match.”


 Additional Reporting By Evie Ashton, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter, Southampton

“Women’s cricket is slow, it’s boring, they can’t hit it hard.”

Well Danni Wyatt has something to tell you.

After Birmingham Phoenix set 140 for four - one of the biggest totals of The Hundred so far – Wyatt displayed the sort of ‘no problem’ attitude that has made her one of England’s most uncompromising and brightest of stars.

The Hundred stage is ready made for players like Wyatt. Her engaging manner, her no-nonsense batting, her ability to steal wins when all seems lost.

And the Brave needed to pull something special out the bag to win their first home match on Friday night.

With Sophia Dunkley initially by her side Wyatt did just that.

The early wicket of Smriti Mandhana left them unmoved and the duo produced a fearless top-class partnership. What followed was boundary after boundary and six after six.

Dunkley’s agonising exit temporarily slowed the procession, in probably one of the worst ways to get out. A mis-field by Maqsood onto the stumps sent Dunkley back to the dugout. Incredibly unlucky.

Losing is fine when you know what you did wrong, but the performance had been flawless and was headed towards a half-century. When circumstances are completely out of your control it makes it one of the toughest experiences a sportsperson can face.

Wyatt had no choice but to push on and take charge.

The game was still in Brave’s hands, thanks to Dunkley’s courageous innings. These athletes know they must take every opportunity at their fingertips, even in the most heart-breaking moments, because that’s what they are trained to do.

Six over deep square leg. Six over deep extra cover.

The sun was beaming over the wicket and the crowd roared in exhilaration with every smack off Wyatt’s bat. Each whack with the bat felt like another punch to the smug demeanour of every critic of women’s cricket.

Once again, in similar style to her knock of 89 not out against India two weeks back, Wyatt thrived under pressure and hit the Phoenix all over the park. A stellar performance, awarding her the Match Hero without a doubt. Most significantly another fabulous advert for the women’s game.

Something you may have missed though. A very young girl is stood jumping and cheering in the stands of the Ageas Bowl as Wyatt finishes the game off with a six.

“I want to be like her” she shouts at her parents. This girl has never played cricket before, her hands probably too small to even hold a full-size ball, but she has been inspired. In a few years she’ll might join her local women’s club, maybe reach county level.

Then with the new domestic structure she can advance to the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. She’ll hit a century and catch the eye of The Hundred selectors then England.

And then maybe she’ll be the next Danni Wyatt.

:: 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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