Rockets vs Phoenix, 15th Match at Birmingham, Men's Hundred, Aug 15 2022 - Ball by Ball Commentary

RESULT
15th Match (N), Birmingham, August 15, 2022, The Hundred Men's Competition
(86/100 balls, T:146) 149/3

Phoenix won by 7 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
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52 (28) & 1/3
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9.19pm Right, that's a wrap. Phoenix draw level with the vanquished Rockets on six points, two adrift of the high-flying London Spirit. From Miller, Gardner and Thilak, good night! Let's do this all again tomorrow.

Liam Livingstone: "We knew it would be hard to defend a total but shows the value of taking wickets up front, nice to get over the line. We've both got confidence in our hitting ability, so we backed ourselves to play strong shots. That Lewis Gregory over was the turning point. In a pressure situation it's a big thing for Mo to stand there and say I'll take it on. I found seam tough to hit, Mo found it easy to hit. I missed two or three in my wheelhouse, nice to spend some time at the crease, nice to get my rhythm back. But we won the game in the first 20-25 balls, getting Hales and Mala."

Moeen Ali, the Cazoo Match Hero: "It felt horrible and ugly, but entertaining from myself. The match was set up by the bowlers, for sure. The wicket felt like timing was difficult, so we decided to slog a few and see how we'd go. They got a score but we've got some good players, a small boundary on one side. We're doing the basics quite well. Nice to win, unbeaten at home so not an easy place to come and play."

9.08pm So, victory with oodles to spare. Two mighty fifties from the Phoenix kingpins, Moeen and Livingstone. Kudos to Daniel Sams, a star for Rockets with bat and ball, and to Luke Wood, who was exceptional with the ball to give his side hope. But after collapsing to Benny Howell's allsorts, not even a spirited 92-run stand from Sams and Gregory could rescue their hopes.

86
6
Gregory to Livingstone, SIX runs

full toss, clubbed over square leg, fifty and victory! Comprehensive from Livingstone, and Phoenix, they bossed that from start to finish, via a mid-match fightback

after 85 balls8 runs
BP-M: 143/3Need 3 from 15 balls
Liam Livingstone45 (31b 1x4 3x6)
Matthew Wade14 (10b 1x4 1x6)
Daniel Sams 0/35 (20)
85
Sams to Livingstone, no run

smashed to the off side, could be a run-out if the shy is true... but it isn't

84
2
Sams to Livingstone, 2 runs

high, high, high in the air, and dropped! Gregory can't judge it out of the floodlights, ends up groping with his hands in front of the body, and they run two!

83
Sams to Livingstone, no run

looking to finish it in style, but hit on the pad as he aims to leg

82
6
Sams to Livingstone, SIX runs

moshed down the ground! Power and levers, clean out of the arc as Sams over-pitched, solid base and dismissed for an 85 metre straight six

81
Sams to Livingstone, no run

pace off again, pushed across the right-hander, who swishes with flat feet

CHANGE OF END
after 80 balls8 runs
BP-M: 135/3Need 11 from 20 balls
Liam Livingstone37 (26b 1x4 2x6)
Matthew Wade14 (10b 1x4 1x6)
Sam Cook 0/22 (20)
80
1
Cook to Livingstone, 1 run

pace off, but in the arc as Livingstone waits on his stroke and thumps on the bounce to deep midwicket

79
2
Cook to Livingstone, 2 runs

Livingstone plays it like a free hit all the same, a swat across the line, doesn't pick the back-of-the-hander, and plugs in the leg side

79
2nb
Cook to Livingstone, (no ball)

slow bouncer, loops over Livingstone's stance, out of reach and given as a no-ball, but no free hit

78
1
Cook to Wade, 1 run

knee-high full toss, straight enough to cramp Wade's pull to the leg side

77
1
Cook to Livingstone, 1 run

thumped out of the full length, to the on-side

SB: "England have so many good left arm pacers-Curran, Topley, Willey, David Payne and now Luke Wood" He was mightily impressive today

76
1
Cook to Wade, 1 run

pace off, mistimed pull to square leg

after 75 balls12 runs
BP-M: 127/3Need 19 from 25 balls
Matthew Wade12 (8b 1x4 1x6)
Liam Livingstone33 (22b 1x4 2x6)
Daniel Sams 0/27 (15)
75
4
Sams to Wade, FOUR runs

sweet straight-lined biff through long-off! That's what Wade can do, presents the full face through the length ball and rockets back-to-back boundaries

74
6
Sams to Wade, SIX runs

cramped on the pull, but nailed over square leg! So nearly into the hands of the boundary rider, but enough pace to elude his outstretched hand

73
Sams to Wade, no run

fizzed through the bouncer, good change-up, can't connect on the pull

Dezz: "Smeeds century was epic, particularly with it being the first ever... however the boundaries here seem a lot smaller than the ones Jacks was clearing (not that it matters when you hit out of the stadium)." I can't vouch for the boundaries during that last innings, but this pitch seems to be on the edge of the square today

72
1
Sams to Livingstone, 1 run

slower bouncer, on the back foot, deflected to the leg side but can't get back for the second

71
1
Sams to Wade, 1 run

on the back foot, over the wicket, wide outside off and pushed to deep cover

CHANGE OF END
after 70 balls5 runs • 1 wicket
BP-M: 115/3Need 31 from 30 balls
Liam Livingstone32 (21b 1x4 2x6)
Matthew Wade1 (4b)
Luke Wood 3/17 (20)

Well, that's given Rockets something to cling to. But they need wickets urgently to save this one

70
2
Wood to Livingstone, 2 runs

back of a length, slower ball, dabbed down to deep third

69
1
Wood to Wade, 1 run

round-house pull to deep midwicket

69
2nb
Wood to Wade, (no ball)

banged in short, but gets up too much for the umpire's liking

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