The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Monday August 9th
The Hundred 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Monday August 9th
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The Hundred 2021: Monday August 9th
The Hundred Women’s Competition
Birmingham Phoenix (Women) 131/0 (15.1 ov)
Welsh Fire (Women) 127/9 (20 ov)
Result - Birmingham Phoenix (Women) won by 10 wickets
Shafali Verma fired for the first time in The Hundred with a brilliant unbeaten 76 as Birmingham Phoenix ended a run of three straight defeats with a thumping 10-wicket over Welsh Fire, keeping their hopes of qualifying for the later stages just about alive.
The precociously talented 17-year-old, who made 96 and 63 on her Test debut against England in June, was so much in control that she was able to hand centre stage to partner Eve Jones in the later stages, allowing the 29-year-old left-hander to claim her first half-century of the competition before stepping up to hit the winning boundary as Phoenix cantered home with 24 balls to spare.
Bryony Smith led from the front for Fire after Phoenix had chosen to bowl, registering her competition best score with 38 from 36 balls, including five fours and a six over wide long on off Abtaha Maqsood, but Fire’s next best score was 19 and their 127 for for nine always looked a little under-par on a good pitch, the result leaving them level on four points with Phoenix going into the last two fixtures.
Smith might have made more but was run out after a mix-up with Georgia Redmayne, who declined a single to point off Emily Arlott, leaving Smith stranded halfway down the pitch as Phoebe Franklin threw in to the bowler’s end.
Then again, she was dropped on four as Erin Burns shelled a low return catch.
Otherwise, Fire’s effort with the bat was disappointing. Batting trump card Hayley Matthews, averaging 45.75 going, mistimed to mid-off for 13, Redmayne offered a return catch that Burns did hold for 17, and skipper Sophie Luff was lbw on review for seven, sparking a disappointing end to the innings that saw the last seven wickets fall for 30.
These included a brilliant piece of work by Phoenix captain and wicketkeeper Amy Jones to stump Sarah Taylor off an Eve Jones full toss that just about dipped below waist height and three wickets in four deliveries in Kirstie Gordon’s last set of five.
After Phoenix raced to 47 from the 25 ball Powerplay, of which Verma hit 37, taking 12 off Smith’s opening over including six to midwicket, and finishing with four-four-six in consecutive balls off Matthews’s off-spin, the pair never took their foot off the pedal.
Verma passed fifty off 22 balls and thereafter was content to play second fiddle to Eve Jones, with completed her half-century from 30 balls with her ninth boundary.
Verma should have been run out on 70 when trying to get her partner on strike but that was her only mistake and it was only a few balls later that she walloped her ninth boundary over midwicket to seal victory with 24 balls to spare.
Phoenix captain Amy Jones said: “I’m just really pleased with the way everyone put in a performance today. We have played well in sections of games so far but today everything just came together for us.
“Shafali has been waiting to produce a performance like that. Everyone knows how good she is and the way she handles everything, she is brilliant to have around, a really sweet, friendly girl, yet the way she plays it is hard to believe she is so young. It is amazing for a 17-year-old to play that way.
“It was important to finish off here with a win. Having lost three home games on the bounce was a big motivator for us today, because we’ve had a lot of people who have been supporting us through the competition and we wanted to win and produce a performance that was entertaining.”
Welsh Fire’s Sarah Taylor said: “It felt like we were 20 or 30 runs short and as the rain started coming down in their innings the pitch got a little bit skiddier with the ball coming on to the bat, which made it a challenge. We bowled it a little bit too full but their two batters played very well.
“We have been really good in the field in the competition but that was one of our worst games with the ball in a game where we needed to kick on and get those two points. A bad day at the office really in a game we really needed to win
“With the bat we lost wickets at the wrong times and weren’t able to get enough partnerships going. I really thought Bryony was going to be 70-odd not out, she was hitting the ball so well and it was unfortunate the way she was out.”
The Hundred Men’s Competition
Birmingham Phoenix (Men) 184/5 (20 ov)
Welsh Fire (Men) 91/10 (14.4 ov)
Result - Birmingham Phoenix (Men) won by 93 runs
Birmingham Phoenix made it three wins in a row to go level on points with Trent Rockets at the top of The Hundred table, crushing Welsh Fire by 94 runs, wrist spinner Imran Tahir finishing the visitors off with the first hat-trick of the competition.
Tahir, the Pakistan-born bowler who played his last international cricket for South Africa, finished with five for 25 after dismissing Ahmad Qais, Matt Milnes and David Payne with the last three deliveries as Fire were bowled out for 91.
Opener Will Smeed - at 19 the youngest player in the men’s competition - had finished unbeaten on 65 from 38 balls after Moeen Ali smashed 59 off just 28 as Phoenix posted 184 for five, the highest team total in The Hundred so far.
David Payne took three for 38 from but Ali hit five sixes and Smeed four, Liam Livingstone weighing in with two more in his 31 from 19 balls.
After Fire had won the toss, Phoenix’s Powerplay of 35 for one looked a shade modest, but Ali’s assault changed that.
A disdainful six into The Hollies off Luke Fletcher preceded one straight down the ground off Ahmad, then an extraordinary set of six-wide-wide-six-six-four-wide-one as he took Graeme White apart.
He went past fifty from 23 balls and there was disappointment in the crowd as he came a cropper as Jimmy Neesham mixed things up, dropping the ball straight into the hands of Ian Cockbain at long-on.
Livingstone was caught at deep cover by Glenn Phillips, who had put him down off Ahmad in the previous over on 19. Smeed’s fifty came from 29 balls with his third six.
Fletcher’s final set went for only two singles and Payne dismissed Chris Benjamin and Benny Howell but Matt Milnes undid the fightback by conceding 17 at the death, Sneed finishing with six off a full toss.
Needing 1.85 runs per ball, Fire lost Tom Banton without scoring, pinned by Adam Milne’s yorker. They pushed on to be 41 for one from 25 after Ben Duckett slog-swept Tahir and Cockbain took a couple of boundaries off Pat Brown but then Duckett made a hash of a ramp as Benny Howell took the pace off and was bowled.
Glenn Phillips launched Tahir for a huge blow over deep midwicket but skipper Ali’s decision to keep the wrist spinner on for a full ten paid off handsomely as Phillips skewed him straight to cover - Ali taking the catch - and new man Leus du Plooy also miscued, Tahir himself peddling back to get under it, leaving Fire 55 for four from 40.
Fire had no choice but to swing the bat but very little came off, Cockbain, Neesham and White holing out before Tahir returned to have Ahmad caught at mid-off before trapping Milnes in front and bowling Payne, the exuberant spinner celebrating with virtually a lap of honour.
Phoenix’s Imran Tahir, who took five for 25 including a hat-trick, said:
“I’m very pleased to get five wickets and a hat-trick but more pleased to have contributed to a win. It was a good batting wicket but there was a little bit of help for the spinners and the ball came out very well for me.
“Moeen and Will set the tone for us from the start and that is what you are looking for as a bowling unit but you still need to be humble, to make sure you get the process right and even though we had a good total on the board we knew we needed to bowl well.
“I always celebrate with the same passion because I don’t take anything for granted. I have worked very hard for everything in my career and to stand here playing in front of so many fans is a great honour. I still want to play with the same passion as I used to play with at the start because for me if I don’t do that I think there is no point in me playing.”
Fire head coach Gary Kirsten said:
“It is disappointing. We could have given a better account of ourselves, it wasn’t great. The guys bowled really well in the second half of our bowling stint but we never really got going with the bat.
“We felt 170 would have been a very gettable total on this pitch, and it was a great pitch, but we gave away 17 in the last over.
“Our batting never really got going. We have lost early wickets in all our games except for the first two and that makes a big difference in building momentum and then in trying to keep up with the rate we kept losing wickets
“We need to give it our best shot now in the last two games and play like we did in the first two. There is still a lot to play for. If you end up with four wins then it doesn’t look too bad. It has been a good tournament and the quality has been really high.”
Additional Reporting By Tejas Anand, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter, Birmingham
As Imran Tahir sets off, arms aloft to celebrate The Hundred’s first-ever hat-trick, Moeen Ali jogs slowly in pursuit.
The physicality of Tahir’s customary celebration portrays the energy inside Edgbaston as one of the moments of The Hundred so far enlivens the night sky.
The South African leg-spinner has skidded his hat-trick ball past the misapplied defences of Welsh Fire number 11 David Payne. Tahir finds the energy of a far younger man and it is glorious to watch.
Moeen’s languid pursuit and beaming smile is just as familiar.
It offers its own affirmation of the moment. A job very well done.
While Tahir will grab the headlines, just over an hour earlier Moeen had set the momentum of the match irretrievably in favour of the home side.
Moeen had walked out to bat with the weight of Birmingham upon his shoulders.
Even though he might play his county cricket for Worcestershire, everyone knows he is a born-and-bred Birmingham boy. It is his name that graces the mural outside the ground and it is his name that echoes loudly in the Hollies.
“Suuuuuper, Super Mo, Super Moeen Ali,” the crowd scream as he paces to the crease.
Moeen knows that his team needs him, with the inexperienced Chris Benjamin at five and Liam Livingstone proving to be more miss than hit this tournament. The Phoenix middle order is not nearly as strong as one might think. The early demise of Finn Allen on a good batting track means that a captain’s knock is required for the Phoenix to post a winning total.
Despite this healthy dosage of pressure and adulation alike, Moeen seems completely unfazed as he takes his guard and looks at the challenge before him. Matt Milnes is running in, his tail up after Allen’s dismissal.
Milnes, eager to impress on what is just his third The Hundred game, charges in and bowls a ball that Moeen tentatively pushes to mid-on. The next delivery is a jaffa, the stuff of bowlers’ dreams, just doing enough to jag past the outside edge of Moeen’s bat before finding safe passage into Tom Banton’s gloves. Milnes beats Moeen again with an away-swinger that wooshes rapidly past his flashing blade.
These three consecutive dots would heap pressure on most batters. However, Moeen isn’t most batters. He knows that he has the destructive capabilities to catch up no matter how slow his start.
This unflappable self-confidence did not desert the Phoenix skipper even when he had scratched his way to two from his first six balls. Ultimately, it was a heave over the leg-side, a shot performed with only slightly more exertion than Moeen usually employs, which broke the shackles.
As soon as this delivery, incidentally from Milnes himself, scooted across the turf for four, the crowd knew they were in for a masterclass.
There is a certain languid ease with which Moeen chooses to hit his sixes. It is worth noting that each six seems exactly that, a choice made by a man at the complete peak of his powers.
Nowhere was this more evident than against the left-arm spin of Graeme White. Moeen claims to not read too much into match-ups but this was one that was perfectly in his favour, with White’s gentle spin turning right into Moeen’s murderous arc, and he knew it.
Moeen, the famed destroyer of spin, stood dead still as White jogged in.
In the split second after White bowled the ball he raced down the track - his feet nimble and light as he made his charge towards the ball. Just before it bounced, the bat was held high, only to come down with a sense of fatal inevitability. The crowd perfectly sound-track the moment as the ball springs from Moeen’s bat and sails into the stands.
Two more sixes and a boundary would come from White’s set of five with Moeen motoring onto a 23-ball fifty, his team bringing up their second 50 in just 14 balls.
Moments after the match is over social media lights up with Tahir’s hat-trick ball. And then ‘that’ celebration.
Even as the joy descended upon everyone within the stadium Moeen knew his job was not completely done.
After the match, as he does every match, Moeen stays and talks to the crowd.
He smiles for photos and signing small wooden bats. Just like as he had done the middle he displays the same under-stated grace as he gives back to Birmingham and his people.
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