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18th Match (N), Birmingham, Aug 4 2021, The Hundred Men's Competition
(94/100 balls, target 173)174/4
Phoenix won by 6 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
37 (16)
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Chris Benjamin's 37* seals Phoenix win after Moeen Ali, Will Smeed contributions

Hosts join Hundred front runners with six-wicket victory over Invincibles in Edgbaston run-fest

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Scores: Venkat Raghav
Comms: @PeterDellaPenna
Scorecard summary
Oval Invincibles (Men)172/3(100 balls)
Jason Roy38 (22)
Pat Brown2/34(20)
Benny Howell1/28(20)
Birmingham Phoenix (Men)174/4(94 balls)
Moeen Ali49 (26)
Will Smeed45 (28)

9.39 pm Despite chasing a very very stiff target, the Phoenix canter to victory thanks to a rollicking knock from their captain Moeen Ali. Big assist to Smeed as well for the start he gave at the top of the order. Invincibles fielding left a lot to be desired.

Match Hero is Chris Benjamin: "It's always special to be in front of a full house. Special win tonight. It's been very exciting. It helped that Smeed got us off to the start and then Moeen in the middle for me to finish it at the end. We're just focusing game by game and the rest will take care of itself."

That's it from us tonight. On behalf of Varun Shetty, I'm Peter Della Penna. Come back tomorrow for more action from the Hundred. Take care!

94
4
Topley to Benjamin, FOUR runs

another attempted leg stump yorker, low full toss flicked through midwicket to seal the match.

93
6
Topley to Benjamin, SIX runs

Benjamin backs away, Topley follows him outside leg stump but gives him a half-volley that's flicked high over backward square. The crowd roars their approval.

92
1
Topley to Howell, 1 run

yorker on leg stump, dug out through square leg.

91
Topley to Howell, no run

length ball on sixth stump, shuffles across to heave to midwicket but scuffs this into the ground.

Topley back for his last five, if the match lasts that long.

CHANGE OF END
after 90 balls9 runs
BP-M: 163/4Need 10 from 10 balls
Benny Howell6 (8)
Chris Benjamin27 (14)
Sunil Narine 1/41 (20)
90
1
Narine to Howell, 1 run

short and wide, slapped behind point for one.

90
1w
Narine to Howell, 1 wide

full and speared down leg. Wide called.

89
1
Narine to Benjamin, 1 run

full on the stumps, sweeps this away for another single.

88
Narine to Benjamin, no run

good length ball, can't glide this away.

87
4
Narine to Benjamin, FOUR runs

full and sweeps this orthodox this time, Jacks slides on the rope but can't keep this in play.

86
2
Narine to Benjamin, 2 runs

full on the stumps, reverse sweep behind point, sliding stop at the rope.

after 85 balls9 runs
BP-M: 154/4Need 19 from 15 balls
Benny Howell5 (7)
Chris Benjamin20 (10)
Tabraiz Shamsi 1/36 (20)
85
1lb
Shamsi to Howell, 1 leg bye

full on the legs, misses a flick off the pads.

84
1
Shamsi to Benjamin, 1 run

full and swept behind square.

83
2
Shamsi to Benjamin, 2 runs
82
4
Shamsi to Benjamin, FOUR runs

full on middle, slogged flat down the ground, splits long-on to the rope.

81
1
Shamsi to Howell, 1 run

full on the legs, swept behind square for one.

CHANGE OF END
after 80 balls6 runs
BP-M: 145/4Need 28 from 20 balls
Chris Benjamin13 (7)
Benny Howell4 (5)
Tom Curran 0/28 (15)
80
2
Tom Curran to Benjamin, 2 runs

full toss at knee height, heaved wide of deep square leg.

79
Tom Curran to Benjamin, no run

slower ball on a length on sixth stump, way out in front trying to slog it away.

78
1
Tom Curran to Howell, 1 run

length ball flicked in the air short of the man charging in from cow corner.

77
2
Tom Curran to Howell, 2 runs

short and wide, slapped off the toe of the bat through cover. Would've been a wide had he left it.

76
1
Tom Curran to Benjamin, 1 run

good length ball guided with an open face behind point.

Best performances - batters
Colin Ingram portrait
CA Ingram OI-M
81 runs (43)
8 fours
4 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
slog shot
21 runs
2 fours
2 sixes
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Moeen Ali player portrait
MM Ali BP-M
49 runs (26)
3 fours
4 sixes
Control64%
Productive shot
pull
20 runs
1 four
2 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Pat Brown portrait
PR Brown BP-M
B
20
0s
6
R
34
W
2
RPB
1.70
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Saqib Mahmood portrait
S Mahmood OI-M
B
20
0s
5
R
34
W
2
RPB
1.70
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Edgbaston, Birmingham
TossBirmingham Phoenix (Men), elected to field first
SeriesThe Hundred Men's Competition
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Chris Benjamin
Chris Benjamin
Match days4 August 2021 - night (100-ball match)
Umpires
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Peter Hartley
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Russell Warren
TV Umpire
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Neil Bainton
Reserve Umpire
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Martin Saggers
Balls per over5
Match Referee
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Wayne Noon
PointsBirmingham Phoenix (Men) 2, Oval Invincibles (Men) 0