23rd Match (N), Birmingham, August 09, 2021, The Hundred Men's Competition
(74/100 balls, T:185) 91

Phoenix won by 93 runs

Player Of The Match
Phoenix Innings
Fire Innings
Match Flow
Birmingham Phoenix (Men)  (100 balls maximum)
c Phillips b Milnes2490050.00
not out 65387944171.05
c Cockbain b Neesham59283435210.71
c Phillips b Payne31192522163.15
b Payne3580060.00
c Duckett b Payne63410200.00
not out 73510233.33
Extras(lb 3, w 8)11
TOTAL100 balls (RPB: 1.84)184/5
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Finn Allen, 11b), 2-109 (Moeen Ali, 55b), 3-156 (Liam Livingstone, 83b), 4-161 (Chris Benjamin, 92b), 5-167 (Benny Howell, 95b)
83b to LS Livingstone, low full toss, wide outside off, and Phillips clings on this time! Running round to his right from deep cover, makes no mistake this time around.. 156/3
92b to CG Benjamin, cleaned up! Benjamin skipped down, Payne's low full toss squeezed underneath his bat, and landed on the base of middle stump.. 161/4
95b to BAC Howell, wide on the crease, misses the yorker, but Howell gets a leading edge which drops into Duckett's hands at extra cover on the edge of the ring. 167/5
11b to FH Allen, holes out to deep backward square! Made a beautiful sound off Allen's bat, swinging a leg-stump half-volley into the leg side, but he picked out Phillips and sent it straight down his throat. Milnes strikes first ball, as he did on debut against the Invincibles last week. 17/1
55b to MM Ali, in the slot, Moeen swings it downtown... straight down Cockbain's throat! Picks out long-on. This was right in his wheelhouse, but he couldn't quite clear the man on the rope. 109/2
Welsh Fire (Men)  (T: 185 runs from 100 balls)
lbw b Milne046000.00
c Allen b Ali32254041128.00
b Howell16101921160.00
c Ali b Imran Tahir86701133.33
c & b Imran Tahir1340033.33
c Milne b Brown69160066.66
c Milne b Howell1491011155.55
c Smeed b Imran Tahir1490025.00
not out 2390066.66
lbw b Imran Tahir012000.00
b Imran Tahir012000.00
Extras(lb 3, nb 2, w 6)11
TOTAL74 balls (RPB: 1.22)91
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Tom Banton, 5b), 2-42 (Ben Duckett, 27b), 3-53 (Glenn Phillips, 36b), 4-55 (Leus du Plooy, 40b), 5-72 (Ian Cockbain, 53b), 6-88 (James Neesham, 64b), 7-89 (Graeme White, 66b), 8-91 (Qais Ahmad, 72b), 9-91 (Matt Milnes, 73b), 10-91 (David Payne, 74b)
5b to T Banton, pinned in front! That's a laser-guided yorker from Milne, and up goes Steve O'Shaughnessy's finger, though Banton then asks for a review. Don't think this is going to change much. Full, fast and swinging late to hit him right on the front ankle... and Hawk-Eye says it would have demolished leg stump! Milne strikes in his opening set, and Banton slopes off. 7/1
36b to GD Phillips, gives it some air, skewed to cover! Tahir hits back, off he goes... Tossed up and Phillips was stretching for it, ended up slicing a straightforward catch to Moeen in the covers. Phoenix's captain is enjoying himself almost as much as Immy. 53/3
40b to JL du Plooy, miscued back over the bowler's head... and Tahir is there to snaffle it! Two in the set for Tahir, and Fire are threatening to go down in flames here! du Plooy swings across the line and gets a tame top edge, simply taken as Tahir circles around. 55/4
72b to Qais Ahmad, big old yahoo and it plops into the hands of mid-off! Tahir claims a third, he's having a good night out there - and why not, when you've got that many on the board to defend? Tossed up, tempts the big shot from his legspinner confrere, straight to Smeed on the edge of the circle. 91/8
73b to ME Milnes, skids on a straight one, hits the front pad! Tim Robinson's fingers goes straight up! Milnes is gone first ball, trapped lbw attempting to paddle his first ball... Tahir goes off on a lap of Birmingham City Centre, he's got four and is now on a hat-trick!. 91/9
74b to DA Payne, HAT-TRICK!! Bowled 'im neck and crop! Googly through the gate of No. 11, finishes the game in style and then sets off on a victory lap for the ages! Tahir bags a five-for as Fire are doused for 91. Phoenix win by 93 runs, and boy have the home crowd have been treated to a special show tonight!. 91/10
64b to JDS Neesham, sliced to backward point! Brown gets in on the wicket-taking act, Neesham attempting to put pace on a delivery in the channel, nothing there for him to work with and it plops gently into Milne's hands off the outside half of the bat. 88/6
27b to BM Duckett, wobbles one into leg stump with Duckett trying to ramp! Howlin' Benny does it for Phoenix and that might be Fire's best hope heading for the dressing room. Pace off as always, 66mph cutter, I think, and Duckett exposed his stumps looking to use the angle from round the wicket to his advantage. Instead he heard the crash of ash. 42/2
66b to GG White, swung to leg, finds a fielder in the deep! Everything coming up Butterkist for Phoenix tonight... pace off outside off and White sends a big top edge towards deep square leg, Milne plunging forward to take it just above the ground. 89/7
53b to IA Cockbain, Cockbain holes out to mid-off! Moeen tosses it up again and this time Cockbain's attempt to go downtown winds up dollying a catch to the edge of the ring. Just sliced across it. Moeen among the wickets now, following his half-century. 72/5
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  • Birmingham Phoenix (Men) innings
  • Rain: Birmingham Phoenix (Men) - 0/0
  • Powerplay 1: Balls 1 - 25 (Mandatory - 35 runs, 1 wicket)
  • Birmingham Phoenix (Men): 50 runs in 36 balls, Extras 3
  • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 30 balls (WCF Smeed 17, MM Ali 31, Ex 2)
  • MM Ali: 50 off 23 balls (2 x 4, 5 x 6)
  • Birmingham Phoenix (Men): 100 runs in 49 balls, Extras 6
  • WCF Smeed: 50 off 29 balls (3 x 4, 3 x 6)
  • Birmingham Phoenix (Men): 150 runs in 81 balls, Extras 11
  • Innings Break: Birmingham Phoenix (Men) - 184/5 in 100 balls (WCF Smeed 65, MAH Hammond 7)
  • Welsh Fire (Men) innings
  • Powerplay 1: Balls 1 - 25 (Mandatory - 41 runs, 1 wicket)
  • Balls 5: Review by Welsh Fire (Men) (Batting), Umpire - SJ O'Shaughnessy, Batter - T Banton (Struck down)
  • Welsh Fire (Men): 50 runs in 35 balls, Extras 10
  • Balls 67: Review by Birmingham Phoenix (Men) (Bowling), Umpire - SJ O'Shaughnessy, Batter - LJ Fletcher (Struck down)
  • Imran Tahir took a hat-trick with the wickets of 8-91 (Qais Ahmad, 72b), 9-91 (Matt Milnes, 73b), 10-91 (David Payne, 74b)
Edgbaston, Birmingham
TossWelsh Fire (Men), elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Match days9 August 2021 - night (100-ball match)
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsBirmingham Phoenix (Men) 2, Welsh Fire (Men) 0
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