The Men’s and Women’s Hundred 2022 Sunday August 28th - Birmingham Phoenix v Manchester Originals - Results, Match Reports and Reactions
Here are the Results, Match Reports and Reactions for The Men’s and Women’s Hundred 2022 on Sunday August 28th - Birmingham Phoenix v Manchester Originals.
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By Charlie Peters, ECB Hundred Rising Reporter
Manchester Originals left Birmingham Phoenix shellshocked by masterminding an 18-run victory at Edgbaston, successfully defending a total of just 122 to claim their second victory of the season.
England internationals Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone led the charge for the visitors, ripping through the home side’s star-studded top order to leave them spluttering at 22 for five after 34 deliveries.
A plucky sixth-wicket partnership of 46 from Georgia Elwiss and Issy Wong kept Phoenix within touching distance of a stunning turnaround in front of a record attendance at Edgbaston, but it wasn’t to be as the Originals held their nerve at the death.
Wong, Emily Arlott and Kirstie Gordon had earlier bowled admirably to restrict the Originals to 122 for six, a score that threatened to look some way under par until the Phoenix found themselves rattled by an electrifying new-ball performance that put paid to their chances of moving up the table into second place for now.
The Phoenix reply got off to a rocky start from the off. First Eve Jones popped one into the hands of Lee off Kate Cross for none. Then Amy Jones was clean bowled attempting to cut a Hannah Jones delivery that looked far too straight for such a shot, leaving the home side at 10 for two after just 13 balls.
Captain Sophie Devine fell soon after for four, then Ellyse Perry edged through to keeper Ellie Thelkeld a few sets later. And when Ecclestone pinned Sophie Molineux in front, things went from bad to worse. Phoenix were now teetering on the brink at 22 for five, still some 101 off the target.
An enterprising partnership from Elwiss and Wong bought Phoenix within arm’s length of a tight finish. Elwiss in particular looked to accelerate, smashing three fours in the rebuilding period as the duo put on 46 to leave them requiring 54 from the last five sets. After a quiet period, the Edgbaston crowd were briefly back to their usual raucous self.
But when Jones sent Wong’s bails flying after posting a valiant 24, it seemed a tall order. Elwiss soon followed back to the dugout for a superb 28, and with her wicket the game was as good as sealed.
Earlier, Originals had started their innings off at a decent rate, as openers Lizelle Lee and Emma Lamb racked up 41 between them inside the powerplay. But it was an injection of pace that saw the first breakthrough - rapid England seamer Wong caught Lee bang in front lbw for 20, after having greeted her with a fiery bouncer the previous delivery.
Lamb fell not long after to Arlott for a streaky 30, driving uppishly into the hands of Elwiss. The new partnership of Erin Burns and Amy Satterthwaite struggled to find momentum, as Wong, Arlott and Gordon were able to dry up the visitors’ ability to find the boundary.
Phoenix’s pair of slow left-armers continued to apply the pressure, and not long after Gordon had breached Satterthwaite’s defences and bowled her for 13, a mix-up off the bowling off Molineux saw new batter Ami Campbell run out for a duck.
Only Ecclestone was able to bring some impetus to the death of the Originals’ innings. A quick-fire 20 off 14 balls, including a slog-sweep for six off Molineux, was just about enough to help her side post 122 for six.
Birmingham Phoenix captain Sophie Devine said:
"It was a funny first innings, they got away to a good start and then we pegged them back and they never really got out of reach but the total was a bit too much today. It was disappointing stuff from us with the bat until Georgia Elwiss and Issy Wong built a nice partnership that gave us a chance. I think in this game anything can happen but we couldn't quite see it through.
"It's disappointing but we will dust ourselves off and have now got a day to travel and recover and then we are back in action on Tuesday. It's not how we want to play but we have to brush it off and go again because we are still right in the mix for qualification."
Manchester Originals captain Kate Cross said:
"It was a solid performance, a bit nervy at the end but that probably summed up where we have been as a team this year. We have got ourselves into winning positions then found ways of losing which has been quite frustrating, but I am really pleased at the way we finished that off today.
"Having Sophie Ecclestone in your team when you are under the pump and need a set of five is great. She is the sort of person you want to turn to and she was brilliant today.
"For 75 per cent of most of the games we have been on top and dominated teams. It's just been those 25/30balls where we seem to lose momentum and lose a game but we have been in winning positions in all five games we have played, so that is a frustration for us but also a huge positive because we were out of the tournament for quite a lot of the time last year but we have competed a lot this year."
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Manchester Originals opened the Hundred qualification race right up with a thumping 79-run win over Birmingham Phoenix at Edgbaston.
Originals rose to the pressure of a must-win game by totalling 154 for six and then bowling and fielding brilliantly to bowl the home side out for 75.
The defeat, in front of a bumper 21,00 crowd, denied Phoenix a win which would have virtually sealed their passage. Both sides now have it all to play for in their final games, Phoenix away to London Spirit on Tuesday and Originals at home to Oval Invincibles on Wednesday.
Originals chose to bat and totalled 154 for six as only Phil Salt 56 (38 balls) passed 30 against an attack led by Benny Howell (three for 18) and Kane Richardson (two for 27).
That total looked mo more than par but Phoenix's chase started badly, with two wickets in the first four balls by spinner Tom Hartlety, and never recovered. Hartley finished with four for 22 as the Phoenix challenge fizzled out after just 74 balls.
Originals started their innings solidly, reaching 50 from 38 balls for the loss of only Laurie Evans who skied a slog at Richardson. Salt charged to a 33-ball half-century, much to the angst of Henry Brookes who dropped him at short fine leg on eight and was then lifted for two sixes in three balls as the batter charged straight through the forties to his fifty.
The consistent Howell kept a brake on as Wayne Madsen, Tristan Stubbs and Paul Walter all fell flailing against the medium-pacer. All sent up skiers before Salt's assault was ended by an lbw decision for Richardson, the batsman departing in high dudgeon after being told that his call for a review (which would have been upheld) arrived too late.
At 113 for five from 82 balls, the Originals needed a late rally and Tom Lammonby supplied it with a meaty 12-ball 26 including four fours and a six.
Hartley then struck two immediate hammer-blows on the Phoenix chase. From the spinner's second ball, Miles Hammond was caught at extra cover. His fourth bowled skipper Moeen Ali through a slog sweep.
Sneed and Chris Benjamin partially rebuilt with a stand of 45 in 31 balls but both fell in the pace of three balls. Benjamin was run out by Madsen's direct hit and Smeed hoisted Paul Walter to deep square leg.
Hartley returned to remove Brett D'Oliveira, caught in the deep, and bowl Ben Dwarhius which left the Phoenix in a heap at 63 for seven, doomed to an ignominious defeat and needing to lift themselves very quickly for the vital visit to Spirit on Tuesday.
Manchester Originals captain Laurie Evans saluted his team for yet again rising to the pressure of a must-win match after they trounced Birmingham Phoenix by 79 runs at Edgbaston.
Evans's side remains in the race for the vital top-three places after they bowled Phoenix out for just 75 in front of a 21,000 crowd in Birmingham.
It was a hugely impressive display from Originals who now have it all still to play for in their last group game at home to Oval Invincibles on Wednesday.
"The lads were brilliant under pressure but, to be honest, we've had must-wins for quite a while now so we are used to that," Evans said. "We lost three out of three at the start and have had must-wins ever since then and it doesn't change now - we have got to win again on Wednesday.
"But that's the sort of momentum you want in a tournament like this. No-one believes you are going to win five in a row, and then six and seven, but who knows? Strange things happen in cricket.
"At half-time we probably felt we were just about on par but it turned out to be well over par. The way the lads bowled was absolutely fantastic.
"The start we had with the ball was the stuff of dreams for a captain. We knew they still had a lot of batting to come but everyone who bowled struck pretty much instantly - they made me look very good as a captain!
"It was a very satisfying night. Edgbaston is a great place to play cricket and I personally had a lot of good years here as a Warwickshire player and this is one of the most satisfying."
While the Originals were buoyant, the opposite emotions applied in the Phoenix camp. The defeat meant their qualification hopes took a big hit, their batting having imploded without Liam Livingstone who is ruled out of the rest of the tournament by an ankle injury.
"It was a bad day for us but that can happen in this format," said Phoenix captain Moeen Ali. "I just think throughout the day we really weren't quite on it which, again, can happen, but we go again in a couple days time.
"We have got big players in the side who can do well but Liam is obviously a big miss. He is a huge player for us, not just with the power of his batting but he is actually smarter than people think with his batting.
"But all the teams have lost players, not just us, and we have got to deal with it. This format is so quick that you almost have to try to forget about what's just happened and remember the good things that you do a lot of the time. We have got some good players and a good team. We might have to rejig a little bit because of Liam being missing to get the balance right, but we will go again."