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23rd Match (N), Birmingham, Aug 9 2021, The Hundred Men's Competition
(74/100 balls, target 185)91
Phoenix won by 93 runs
Player Of The Match
5/25
imran-tahir
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• Matt Roller

Will Smeed 65*, Imran Tahir hat-trick and five-for as Birmingham Phoenix go top

Moeen Ali scores 23-ball fifty as home side rack up records on way to thumping win

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Scores: Chandan Duorah
Comms: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
Birmingham Phoenix (Men)184/5(100 balls)
Will Smeed*65 (38)
Moeen Ali59 (28)
David Payne3/38(20)
Welsh Fire (Men)91/10(74 balls)
Ian Cockbain32 (25)
Ben Duckett16 (10)
Imran Tahir5/25(19)
Benny Howell2/12(20)

9.35pm: Well, that was a Hundred ton of fun! Moeen's Butterkist boys have strolled off with the points and the plaudits tonight, and they look to be flying towards the back-end of the tournament, with the knockouts knocking. Welsh Fire probably can't make it through, but they've had some pretty bad luck with player availability and injuries. Anyway, Matt's just trying to condense all that into a concise summary, and we'll be back for more from Old Trafford tomorrow. Bye!

9.25pm: Whadda way to finish, the first hat-trick of the Hundred - and the third of Tahir's T20 (sshhhh!) career - as Phoenix pull off an absolute thumping to go top of the table. It was set up with the bat, Will Smeed and Moeen Ali blitzing half-centuries on the way to the highest total in the tournament so far. Welsh Fire had to come out firing, but were immediately up against it in the chase as Adam Milne struck in the first set; Ben Duckett also fell early, and with rate skyrocketing, it was over to Immy. Speaking of whom...

Imran Tahir is named Hero of the Match for his 5 for 25: "Our batters set the tone for us, gave us a very big total to defend, and the seamers did a good job in the first 4-5 [sets]. My job is to take wickets, it's been difficult, pretty flat tracks but good for the crowds. [Entertainment?] We're living a sad time, but to come and play in front of the crowd is a great feeling. I'm really glad for the fans coming to support cricket and the Hundred. I don't take things for granted, every opportunity is an honour for me. To be sincere to my job I try my best. [Hat-trick ball] I knew what I was going to bowl, felt the batter would be ready for the quicker one so I tried to bowl the quick googly, I'm grateful it came right. Been hard work at practice, we take our job serious. Nice to come and deliver, so I hope we carry on and get to the final."

74
W
Tahir to Payne, OUT

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!

David Payne b Imran Tahir 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Slip and leg slip in for David Payne

73
W
Tahir to Milnes, OUT

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!

Matt Milnes lbw b Imran Tahir 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Matt Milnes in next

72
W
Tahir to Qais, OUT

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

Qais Ahmad c Smeed b Imran Tahir 1 (9m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25
71
1
Tahir to Fletcher, 1 run

sidles in and lobs the ball up on middle and leg, Fletcher works it for one

Tahir returns

"And how do the 100 wickets also count as T20 wickets????" Because this is, according to the stats guys, T20, Declan

CHANGE OF END
after 70 balls1 run • 1 wicket
WF-M: 90/7Need 95 from 30 balls
Qais Ahmad1 (3)
Luke Fletcher1 (2)
Benny Howell 2/12 (20)
70
Howell to Qais, no run

length ball, skidding through at 68mph wide of off, Qais throws the bat and misses again

69
Howell to Qais, no run

flicked out full in the channel, Qais nearly whirls himself off his feet trying to connect

68
1
Howell to Fletcher, 1 run

full length, 67mph outside off, Fletcher stands still and clubs it malevolently down to long-off

67
Howell to Fletcher, no run

fires one into the pads, probably heading down, O'Shaughnessy not interested... but Phoenix review, presumably feeling like this is their night to spin the wheel come what may. Struck him in line, but missing leg stump. Has Lady Luck deserted them at the last??

Luke Fletcher gallops out

66
W
Howell to White, OUT

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

Graeme White c Milne b Howell 14 (10m 9b 1x4 1x6) SR: 155.55

Howell for his final set

after 65 balls3 runs • 1 wicket
WF-M: 89/6Need 96 from 35 balls
Qais Ahmad1 (1)
Graeme White14 (8)
Pat Brown 1/14 (10)
65
1
Brown to Qais, 1 run

fullish on the stumps, nudged through midwicket

Qais Ahmad is next in. Fire aren't even halfway to their target

64
W
Brown to Neesham, OUT

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

James Neesham c Milne b Brown 6 (16m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
63
1
Brown to White, 1 run

length, another slower delivery, White pulls to deep midwicket without timing, bottom hand coming off the bat

62
Brown to White, no run

slower ball to White, 70mph wide of the stumps, heaves hard but fails to connect

61
1
Brown to Neesham, 1 run

round the wicket, length ball in the channel, chopped for one into the covers

Brown now

CHANGE OF END
after 60 balls21 runs • 1 wicket
WF-M: 86/5Need 99 from 40 balls
Graeme White13 (6)
James Neesham5 (7)
Moeen Ali 1/21 (10)
60
Ali to White, no run

tossed up and White has an unsuccessful hack once again

59
Ali to White, no run

hangs back and swings hard, gets a thick inside edge that ricochets past the stumps

58
4
Ali to White, FOUR runs

hoicked into the leg side, this will run away! Not fully got hold of his slog-sweep but sends it behind square

57
6
Ali to White, SIX runs

sweetly struck, sails all the way over cow corner! White metes out some of the treatment that he suffered in the Phoenix innings, uses the feet well and this came right out of the screws

56
1
Ali to Neesham, 1 run

slogged leg side, doesn't quite carry to Milne! Excellent diving effort from the fast man, coming in off the rope at deep square

Moeen keeps himself on for ten

55
1
Ali to White, 1 run

pushed through and nudged for one

Best performances - batters
WCF Smeed BP-M
65 runs (38)
4 fours
4 sixes
Control71%
Productive shot
slog shot
29 runs
1 four
3 sixes
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Moeen Ali player portrait
MM Ali BP-M
59 runs (28)
3 fours
5 sixes
Control76%
Productive shot
slog shot
21 runs
0 four
3 sixes
0146102378
Best performances - bowlers
Imran Tahir portrait
Imran Tahir BP-M
B
19
0s
10
R
25
W
5
RPB
1.31
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
David Payne
DA Payne WF-M
B
20
0s
6
R
38
W
3
RPB
1.90
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Edgbaston, Birmingham
TossWelsh Fire (Men), elected to field first
SeriesThe Hundred Men's Competition
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir
Match days9 August 2021 - night (100-ball match)
Umpires
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Steve O'Shaughnessy
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Tim Robinson
TV Umpire
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Paul Baldwin
Reserve Umpire
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Russell Warren
Balls per over5
Match Referee
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Phil Whitticase
PointsBirmingham Phoenix (Men) 2, Welsh Fire (Men) 0