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20th Match (N), Cardiff, Aug 6 2021, The Hundred Men's Competition
(90/100 balls)140/4
Rockets won by 6 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
46 (20)
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Samit Patel blows, Wahab Riaz four-for guide Rockets to top spot

Welsh Fire beaten for third game running after losing key moments against experienced visitors

Match centre 
Scores: Venkat Raghav
Comms: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
Welsh Fire (Men)139/8(100 balls)
Trent Rockets (Men)140/4(90 balls)
Samit Patel*46 (20)
Alex Hales26 (25)
Qais Ahmad2/23(20)
Matt Milnes1/31(20)
after 90 balls21 runs
TR-M: 140/4
Samit Patel46 (20)
Lewis Gregory22 (17)
Matt Milnes 1/31 (20)

9.45pm: Never write off Samit, folks. Although I'm sure you weren't going to make that mistake. Rockets take a step closer to the knockouts, Fire have slipped off the pace after winning their opening two. There's another couple of games tomorrow, and we'll of course be back gagging for more. For now, from myself, PDP and Raghav, it's good night. Cheerio!

9.40pm: Classy stuff from Samit "Slam it" Patel, whose 46 from 20 balls iced a potentially tricky chase. Had Payne's dismissal of Gregory stood, things might have been interesting, with 25 still needed from 15... but the no-ball just brought the target closer, and Patel finished it in style. Wahab Riaz's four-for played an important part, too, as Rockets win their fourth match out of five and go top of the table

Samit Patel is the Hero of the Match: "It was pretty good, we restricted them really well [with the ball]. The batters got off to a good start and we kept going. Play strong shots and be positive. [Timeout plan?] We knew we'd target the ten balls from this end and try to kill the game, worked well. Good to get some momentum and go four from five."

90
6
Milnes to Patel, SIX runs

finishes with a moose down the ground for six! Full toss from Milnes and Patel just bludgeons it over long-on - Rockets win by six wickets, with room to spare in the end

89
1
Milnes to Gregory, 1 run

pitched up straight and heaved through square leg

89
1w
Milnes to Gregory, 1 wide

goes full and wide at 87mph, but this one is into the tramlines for another wide

89
1w
Milnes to Gregory, 1 wide

attempted slower ball, but sprayed wide of the cut strip

88
4
Milnes to Gregory, FOUR runs

full, wide and smoked through extra cover! Milnes goes around the park and this chase is almost done

87
6
Milnes to Gregory, SIX runs

picked up and deposited over deep square! Slower ball, I think, but Gregory sets himself, fetched into the leg side

86
2
Milnes to Gregory, 2 runs

low full toss, Gregory carts it down the ground, Neesham doing well to get around from long-on

Milnes now, 21 needed from 15. Still not in the bag

after 85 balls12 runs
TR-M: 119/4Need 21 from 15 balls
Lewis Gregory9 (13)
Samit Patel40 (19)
David Payne 1/25 (15)
85
2
Payne to Gregory, 2 runs

gets the yorker in, 87mph but swished away through midwicket for a couple

Free hit coming, too. Once the pitch invader has been dealt with

85
2nb
Payne to Gregory, (no ball)

Payne hits his mark, bowled through the legs! Nope, a no-ball is being signalled... Oh dear, Payne's elation is short-lived. Pitched up in the blockhole and it completely rearranged Gregory's furniture. But he'd overstepped by a fair way

84
1
Payne to Patel, 1 run

full, 86mph and Patel biffs it back down the ground, long-on comes around

83
6
Payne to Patel, SIX runs

tip-toes out and nails this over cow corner! Short ball, makes him hit to the square boundary, but Samit connects beautifully with it, sailing well beyond the rope

82
Payne to Patel, no run

back of a length, 76mph cutter from Payne and it spins and dips through to Banton as Patel swipes and misses

81
1
Payne to Gregory, 1 run

over the wicket and fired wide of the stumps, carted for one through midwicket

Payne returns, 33 needed from 20

CHANGE OF END
after 80 balls4 runs
TR-M: 107/4Need 33 from 20 balls
Lewis Gregory6 (10)
Samit Patel33 (16)
Matt Milnes 1/10 (15)

Fire take their strategic timeout, this one could be going right to the wire

80
1
Milnes to Gregory, 1 run

fired in full, heaves an inside edge through the leg side

79
Milnes to Gregory, no run

short again, cutting his fingers over it, sails past Gregory's right shoulder as he attempts to pull. Maybe should have been wide on height

78
1b
Milnes to Patel, 1 bye

another slower bumper, loops up wide of the stumps, Patel swings and misses... Banton fumbles and they steal one

77
1
Milnes to Gregory, 1 run

shortish on the body and whipped away leg side

76
1
Milnes to Patel, 1 run

short outside off, pace off and Patel plays a tennis forehand through point

Milnes returns, don't think we'll be seeing the Neesh again

after 75 balls4 runs
TR-M: 103/4Need 37 from 25 balls
Samit Patel32 (14)
Lewis Gregory4 (7)
Qais Ahmad 2/23 (20)

Tight stuff from the leggie, finishes with 2 for 23

75
Qais to Patel, no run

looped outside off, goes for the big hit down the ground... comes off the inside edge into the pads

74
1
Qais to Gregory, 1 run

flighted, Gregory goes low, sweeps in front of square this time

Best performances - batters
Glenn Phillips portrait
GD Phillips WF-M
50 runs (35)
4 fours
2 sixes
Control77%
Productive shot
pull
21 runs
3 fours
1 six
0865511015
Samit Patel portrait
SR Patel TR-M
46 runs (20)
1 four
5 sixes
Control67%
Productive shot
on drive
12 runs
0 four
2 sixes
407072197
Best performances - bowlers
Wahab Riaz portrait
Wahab Riaz TR-M
B
20
0s
7
R
30
W
4
RPB
1.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Qais Ahmed player portrait
Qais Ahmad WF-M
B
20
0s
8
R
23
W
2
RPB
1.14
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
TossTrent Rockets (Men), elected to field first
SeriesThe Hundred Men's Competition
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Samit Patel
Samit Patel
Match days6 August 2021 - night (100-ball match)
Umpires
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Martin Saggers
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Rob Bailey
TV Umpire
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Neil Bainton
Reserve Umpire
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Peter Hartley
Balls per over5
Match Referee
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Dean Cosker
PointsTrent Rockets (Men) 2, Welsh Fire (Men) 0