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31st Match (N), Leeds, Aug 17 2021, The Hundred Men's Competition
(74/100 balls, target 144)147/2
Phoenix won by 8 wickets (with 26 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
92 (40) & 3/25
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• Matt Roller

Liam Livingstone ransacks 92* as Birmingham Phoenix soar into Hundred final

Stand-in captain hits 20-ball fifty after Phoenix bowlers succeed in dragging back Superchargers

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Scores: Binoy George
Comms: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
Northern Superchargers (Men)143/8(100 balls)
Birmingham Phoenix (Men)147/2(74 balls)

8.45pm: Liam Livingstone is a baller. A stone-cold 100-baller. He equals Jemimah Rodrigues' 92 from the opening rounds of the women's comp, and walks off after taking his team top of the men's table with a dominant display at Headingley. Phoenix go straight to Lord's, while Southern Brave and Trent Rockets will face-off in the Eliminator on Friday.

Livingstone, predictably enough, is Hero of the Match: "It's been nice, I've felt a bit more pressure since Mo went away, he's such a gap in our batting order. But I've really enjoyed playing cricket with these boys, we've got a young and fearless line-up and we've seen some great talent come through. You play cricket to make finals and we've done that. Whatever happens, we've proved a lot of people wrong in this comp. Tried not to think about it but everyone wants to play in the final. Lot of young boys who've not played in a franchise final so will be great for them. [Pulled rate back with ball] Immy's been a hero, Milne at the death showed why he's one of the best. Benny [Howell] does the ugly work, never goes for runs, they've done well all tournament. We brought it back really well and nice to knock them off. [Form] Like I said, I've worked hard on being more consistent, there's been glimpse over the years. Working hard to keep winning games for my team. Crowd's have been unbelievable, people who don't watch cricket getting into the Hundred, kids wearing shirts, and that's what we want for this tournament."

Yeesh, that was an awesome display. Lancashire's finest sending Birmingham through on Yorkshire's home patch! Anyway, thanks for chipping in, we've got one more round of group games to come tomorrow, then it's on to the knockouts on Friday and Saturday. Cheerio until then!

74
6
Fisher to Livingstone, SIX runs

SIX AND DONE! Hauled over deep square leg! Livingstone bellows in delight as he swats Fisher into the night for one last time! Phoenix win by eight wickets and march imperiously into the final of the men's Hundred!

73
Fisher to Livingstone, no run

short ball wide of the stumps, swing and a miss

72
4
Fisher to Livingstone, FOUR runs

pitched up and pinged down the ground! Presses out and sends this screaming back, beats long-on's attempt to come across

Takes Livingstone to the highest individual score in the men's comp, surpassing the 81 made by David Willey and Colin Ingram

71
4
Fisher to Livingstone, FOUR runs

flipped over fine leg, lands just short of the rope! Cute stuff now, dancing across and scooping the full ball

Fisher again, Phoenix need 11 from 30 balls!

CHANGE OF END
after 70 balls10 runs
BP-M: 133/2Need 11 from 30 balls
Liam Livingstone78 (36)
Tom Abell8 (7)
Adil Rashid 0/30 (15)
70
1
Rashid to Livingstone, 1 run

dragged down and pulled for a single through square leg

69
6
Rashid to Livingstone, SIX runs

pushed through, boffed into the crowd again! Another catch in the stands...! Livingstone's ninth six, dropping deep and hammering it over wide long-on, right in his arc

68
2
Rashid to Livingstone, 2 runs

flattish and cut away in front of the cover sweeper for a couple

67
Rashid to Livingstone, no run

slower pace, slightly short and Livingstone rocks back to launch a pull - hits the toe end and drops back down the pitch towards Rashid

66
1
Rashid to Abell, 1 run

tossed up outside off, cut for a single

Rashid on again

after 65 balls3 runs
BP-M: 123/2Need 21 from 35 balls
Liam Livingstone69 (32)
Tom Abell7 (6)
Matthew Fisher 0/12 (10)

A very quiet set, but the air has gone out of Superchargers' balloon

65
1
Fisher to Livingstone, 1 run

full, 86mph and dug out down to long-off

DaveTwo: "Alan... I believe that should be smoked herring? lol" Whatever you're bowling, it's fish food tonight

64
1
Fisher to Abell, 1 run

back of a length once again and Abell settles for a nudge off the hip

63
Fisher to Abell, no run

short and angling in, attempts to pull but doesn't connect

62
Fisher to Abell, no run

back of a length in the channel, 84mph, zips through past Abell's dangled bat

61
1
Fisher to Livingstone, 1 run

full and wide, opens the face for one out to deep point, bottom hand off the bat

Matt Fisher for a second set

CHANGE OF END
after 60 balls12 runs • 1 wicket
BP-M: 120/2Need 24 from 40 balls
Tom Abell6 (3)
Liam Livingstone67 (30)
Callum Parkinson 1/36 (20)

Still, Parkinson finishes with a respectable 1 for 36 from 20

60
4
Parkinson to Abell, FOUR runs

floated up, sliced for four off the outside edge! Abell drops back and just gets some bat on it, the ball runs away

59
1
Parkinson to Livingstone, 1 run

quicker ball, 69mph, basically a half-tracker to stop Livingstone coming down, swats the single

58
1
Parkinson to Abell, 1 run

flatter outside off, cut for a single

57
1
Parkinson to Livingstone, 1 run

tosses this up, Livingstone plays it watchfully back down the ground to long-on

56
1
Parkinson to Abell, 1 run

lobbed up on the stumps and nudged to leg, the bowler hares after it

Tom Abell in, Parky to bowl a tenner

55
W
Parkinson to Allen, OUT

slows it up, spins this away, stumped! Parkinson breaks the stand, punches the air - possibly out of relief, as much as anything. Allen danced down and was beaten in the flight, he'll head off but his job's about done

Finn Allen st †Simpson b Parkinson 42 (40m 26b 4x4 2x6) SR: 161.53
Best performances - batters
Liam Livingstone portrait
LS Livingstone BP-M
92 runs (40)
3 fours
10 sixes
Control75%
Productive shot
pull
29 runs
1 four
4 sixes
15815122535
Tom Kohler-Cadmore
T Kohler-Cadmore NS-M
71 runs (44)
4 fours
5 sixes
Control93%
Productive shot
slog shot
23 runs
2 fours
2 sixes
062110151324
Best performances - bowlers
Liam Livingstone portrait
LS Livingstone BP-M
B
20
0s
6
R
25
W
3
RPB
1.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Benny Howell
BAC Howell BP-M
B
20
0s
7
R
18
W
2
RPB
0.90
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W1W
Match details
Headingley, Leeds
TossBirmingham Phoenix (Men), elected to field first
SeriesThe Hundred Men's Competition
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone
Match days17 August 2021 - night (100-ball match)
Umpires
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Neil Mallender
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Russell Warren
TV Umpire
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Tim Robinson
Reserve Umpire
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Steve O'Shaughnessy
Balls per over5
Match Referee
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Stuart Cummings
PointsBirmingham Phoenix (Men) 2, Northern Superchargers (Men) 0