cosmetic adjustment to the scorecard as Howell slams a full length ball through wide mid-off for a boundary. But Southern Brave storm to the title rolling off a magnificent seven straight wins culminating in the inaugural Men's Hundred title!
9.11 pm So the Brave Women fall short in the final, but the Brave Men make sure the south coast franchise doesn't go home emptyhanded today. Stirling, Whiteley, David, Garton, Jordan, Lintott, Mills... no shortage of heroes today in the winning side. A true team effort. Phoenix got off to a terribly slow start in the Powerplay but Livingstone was making up for it until David's sharp-thinking runout caught Livingstone with his head in the clouds and that just about sealed the final in favor of Southern Brave.
Here's Southern Brave captain James Vince: "Firstly I want to say well done to Birmingham Phoenix. They played really well and made it tough for us. Last night I said it was our most complete performance. We haven't batted first much in the competition to get a score like that was good and Paul Stirling got us off to a good start followed by Whiteley. It's been a different person in each game. Ross when he's got a chance has been terrific in the tournament and Stirlo, I told him to convert one of those quick starts he gets us off to and to get us a matchwinning innings was exceptional. Any way you can get Livy out at the moment, exceptional fielding and a bit of luck to get rid of him but it came at a crucial time. I think the squad has gelled together well in a short period of time and that's been a key to our success. To get the opportunity to play here in a full house tonight on a Saturday evening is amazing, the perfect end to a competition."
And now James Vince will raise the gold-plated H-shaped championship trophy. Brave squad has left the stage and is now soaking up the winning moments with the crowd.
Match Hero is Paul Stirling: "I think it was a brilliant team performance. Everyone chipped in since I've been involved. Another good day for the lads and we finished it off well in the end. I think it was a trickier start than we've had in the recent games. It was two-paced at the start and we saw that in both innings. We needed an injection in the second half of the innings and I'm glad I was able to do part of it before the boys finished it off. We try not to put too much pressure on ourselves playing in front of a full house at Lord's. I was watching the first half of it on the couch on TV but when you get here, it's magnificent."
Men's Hundred MVP decided by PCA MVP rankings formula is... Liam Livingstone: "Obviously very disappointed [we couldn't win] but to play in front of a packed house at Lord's is a great day. We were beaten by a great team. You don't play in finals every day so you want to soak it all in and we were beaten by a better team. I think it's been years of hard work traveling around the world to get better at my own game playing in different franchise tournaments and now it's great to have our own here. To see so many kids here today, it's been great. It's been brilliant. We didn't really know what to expect at the start of the tournament but it's gotten stronger and stronger. Selling out grounds is great and hopefully it can keep growing for the future. Ultimately we were beaten by the better team on the day but it doesn't take away that we played some really good cricket through the tournament."
Well that wraps up our coverage of the inaugural tournament of The Hundred. We hope you've enjoyed ESPNcricinfo's coverage of a daily barrage of women's/men's doubleheaders. For Matt Roller, Andrew Miller, Alan Gardner, Valkerie Baynes, Varun Shetty and the rest of the Hundred coverage team, I'm Peter Della Penna. Take care!
wide yorker on sixth stump at 90 mph, too much heat and perfect placement to get bat on it.
full and wide outside off, another sliced drive this time placed behind point to beat the cover sweeper to the rope.
wide yorker at 85 mph, slices a drive off a thick edge through third man for four.
low full toss at shin height on sixth stump, punched to long-off.
Jordan to read the last rites to Phoenix.
Mills has put on a yorker/death bowling clinic in that spell.
wide yorker on fifth stump, play and miss at 88 mph.
slower ball winds up as a thigh high full toss at 69 mph
premeditates a reverse scoop aiming to clear third man, but it's a low full toss at shin height and mishits this into the ground behind square for one.
slower ball wide outside off, keeps his hands back long enough to make contact and top edge this pull/drag over the keeper but cutoff at the rope for a pair.
full and wide yorker, another play and miss over the top at 90 mph.
Mills to bowl his final five now.
wide yorker again on fifth stump, can't get bat on this.
wide yorker, jams this out to deep cover.
waist high full toss on the hips, 9/10 times that'll go for six but Benjamin's rhythm is horribly out of sync and instead it thuds into his thigh.
full and wide, misses a big heave to a 90 mph delivery.
cramps him for room negating the ability to free his arms by bowling this full on fourth stump, scuffed back down the pitch.
Jordan has 10 left he can bowl. In he comes around the wicket to the right-handed Benjamin.
Magnificent set there by Mills. Just one run off the five balls.
length ball on sixth stump, Benjamin premeditates a reverse scoop but misfires off his arms.
length ball on off stump at 92 mph, fizzes past Benjamin's attempted pull.
slower ball again full and wide, driven this time into midwicket.
slower ball now full and wide at 71 mph, Howell is totally fooled and winds up not even playing a shot.
length ball at 87 mph over middle stump, Howell heaves and misses.
Mills back with 20 balls left. He can bowl 10 of them.
|Toss||Birmingham Phoenix (Men), elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||Southern Brave (Men) won the 2021 The Hundred Men's Competition|
|Match days||21 August 2021 - night (100-ball match)|
|Balls per over||5|