full on the legs, flicked through square leg for one and the Phoenix claim a last-ball win by one wicket!
Phoenix won by 1 wicket (with 0 balls remaining)
9.11 pm So the Phoenix take two points, but as long as there is a result in tomorrow's match between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals, the winner of that match will finish ahead of Birmingham Phoenix to face London Spirit in the playoff Eliminator. In the unlikely event of a tie tomorrow, the Phoenix will go to the Eliminator to rematch London Spirit. Trent Rockets have clinched an automatic berth in the final based on today's result.
Match Hero is Matthew Wade: "It was an interesting game. Obviously we were going out to chase the score in the 73 balls we needed. It didn't go that way but we reeled it back to just go for the win. We bowled really really well. Obviously Ravi Bopara came in and played his shots at the sort boundary. When we lost early wickets in the chase, it got harder to get there in 73 balls so we changed the plan to still go for the win and hope for rain or a tie tomorrow."
That's it for our live coverage tonight. Come back tomorrow for a twin doubleheader including the big one in the latter half of the day between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals to decide the final playoff berth. On behalf of Alan Gardner, I'm Peter Della Penna. Take care!
Wide and a missed runout! Good length ball way way down leg. The keeper collects and flicks it back to Wheal with Helm having set off before delivery going for a run on whatever the ball was. He has to scamper back when Sangha doesn't leave the striker's end. Wheal gets the relay but then fumbles the flick at the stumps from point blank range.
Two to win off the final ball. No Super Over in the league stage.
short on the stumps, pulled to wide long-on for one, they both started to run a second but then turned back deciding against it.
short on the stumps, pulls flat to deep midwicket for one.
slower ball lands back of a length on fourth stump, pulls this gently to long-on for one.
good length ball on off, defended back to Wheal.
Wheal to bowl the final set of the match.
full on middle, flicked to mid-on for one.
slower ball on middle lands short, Sangha backs away to pull and is way way out in front, the ball goes just over the stumps on the way back down to the keeper.
full on the stumps, defended back to Ellis.
The cutoff time has been hit so now the Spirit have to bring an extra fielder inside the 30-yard ring for the rest of the chase.
short on the legs, shuffles across his stumps and ramps this over short fine leg to the rope.
slower ball on the legs, backs away from leg and flicks this through the leg side for one.
Ellis back for his final five.
flighted full on middle, slog sweep comes out and connects sweetly sailing into the eighth row high over deep midwicket.
stock leggie now lands on fifth stump, goes back to heave over midwicket and misses going under the bat.
googly spins from leg stump well down leg past a pull, wide called.
full and prodded back to Crane.
googly castles Richardson! Lands on a good length on fourth stump, Richardson goes back to cut, the ball turns in and goes under the bat to nail leg stump.
full toss on seventh stump at knee height, miscues this back to Crane.
Crane to bowl 10 straight balls here.
Will: "Not over for the Phoenix yet: OI vs MO could yet be rained off or tied…" Don't discount a plague of locusts descending on Old Trafford tomorrow too.
full on the stumps, driven powerfully to the long-on rope.
Kane Richardson in to bat now.
Wade shuffles way across to go for the orthodox sweep now for a full ball on middle, the sweep comes off the top edge to short fine leg on the ring, basic catch at knee height crouching on the knees for Bopara.
googly lands on a good length outside leg spinning toward off, Wade reverse sweeps this to deep backward point for two.
|Toss||Birmingham Phoenix (Men), elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||30 August 2022 - night (100-ball match)|
|Balls per over||5|
|Points||Birmingham Phoenix (Men) 2, London Spirit (Men) 0|
Matthew Wade: 'We've given ourselves a chance. We'll hope for a draw or a washout'
|TG Helm||not out||11||12|
|T Sangha||not out||13||9|
|Total||140(9 wkts; 100 balls)|