RESULT
12th Match (N), Cardiff, August 13, 2022, The Hundred Men's Competition
(100 balls, T:131) 126/5

Phoenix won by 4 runs

Player Of The Match
2/15
kane-richardson
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after 100 balls6 runs • 1 wicket
WF-M: 126/5
Dwaine Pretorius4 (2b 1x4)
David Miller35 (30b 2x6)
Tom Helm 2/35 (20)

8.45pm A heart-breaking third consecutive loss for the Welsh Fire, as they grab defeat from the jaws of victory, courtesy some excellent death bowling from Kane Richardson and Tom Helm.

Despite losing a couple of early wickets, Tom Banton and Sam Hain put the Fire in control, with David Miller continuing after they fell. Yet, Richardson and Helm were able to concede only eight runs in the final two sets to win the game.

Kane Richardson, Man of the Match, Birmingham Phoenix: I don't really know [how I did that]. All you can do is hang in the game - Benny Howell and Tom Helm deserve a lot of credit. The opposition did very well, we hung in there and got a character-building win. We'll look back on this game and admit that we didn't do well with the bat, so it's encouraging that we can win from there.

Moeen Ali, captain, Birmingham Phoenix: It was good - the pressure was on them all the way through. I felt Livingstone was doing such a good job, we didn't need Imran Tahir, and the pacers did a great job. We knew we had to take the pace off in the final two overs - and Kane and Helm bowled brilliantly.

100
4
Helm to Pretorius, FOUR runs

It's four but it's in vain Pretorius cuts it away for four, but its moot as Phoenix grab the win!

99
1
Helm to Miller, 1 run

He can't do it! Miller swings wildly but Helm sends in a good delivery, cramping Miller for room and he can only manage to flick it towards deep mid-wicket.

98
Helm to Miller, no run

Wow! Miller decides against a run as he cuts it towards the fielder at deep square leg.

97
1b
Helm to Pretorius, 1 bye

Swing and a miss! Pretorius goes big and misses, but Miller has already gambled, scampering through for a quick single.

Pretorius to face the ball, with Miller at the other end

96
W
Helm to Cobb, OUT

It's out! Slow, back of a length, and he skies it straight to the fielder at long off. Miller crosses over, but it's irrelevant as the new batter has to face the ball.

Josh Cobb c Benjamin b Helm 9 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) SR: 90

It's going to be Tom Helm with a final set.

after 95 balls2 runs
WF-M: 120/4Need 11 from 5 balls
David Miller34 (28b 2x6)
Josh Cobb9 (9b 1x4)
Kane Richardson 2/15 (20)

What a set from Richardson, dragging the Phoenix back into the game!

95
1
Kane Richardson to Miller, 1 run

Length, at the stumps and he pulls it towards the fielder at deep mid-wicket.

94
Kane Richardson to Miller, no run

Another one! Super stuff from Richardson as he goes with a slower ball once more, angling outside off with Miller swinging and missing again.

93
Kane Richardson to Miller, no run

Oh this is good bowling! It's short, slower and Miller cannot read the disguise and swings and misses!

92
1
Kane Richardson to Cobb, 1 run

Slower ball, attempted yorker and he digs it out towards long on

91
Kane Richardson to Cobb, no run

Swing and a miss! A peach of a slower ball from Richardson, as Cobb misses it outside off entirely

Richardson back into the attack.

CHANGE OF END
after 90 balls7 runs
WF-M: 118/4Need 13 from 10 balls
David Miller33 (25b 2x6)
Josh Cobb8 (7b 1x4)
Tom Helm 1/30 (15)
90
2
Helm to Miller, 2 runs

Short, well outside off and he drives it towards Moeen in the covers, whose misfield allows the batters to grab a second run.

89
1
Helm to Cobb, 1 run

Short, outside off and slapped back towards long off

88
1
Helm to Miller, 1 run

Slower, outside off and Miller has to check himself, driving it towards long off

87
2
Helm to Miller, 2 runs

Short, well outside off and cut away towards deep mid-wicket but even Richardson's throw from the deep cannot prevent the second

86
1
Helm to Cobb, 1 run

Slower, following the batter making room down leg, and nudged towards mid-wicket

Tom Helm is back into the attack

after 85 balls3 runs
WF-M: 111/4Need 20 from 15 balls
Josh Cobb6 (5b 1x4)
David Miller28 (22b 2x6)
Benny Howell 1/12 (20)

An excellent 20 balls from Howell, as he goes only for 12 runs with one wicket.

85
Howell to Cobb, no run

Short, at the body and defended back towards the bowler

84
1
Howell to Miller, 1 run

back of a length, outside off and cut away towards deep cover

83
1
Howell to Cobb, 1 run

Slower, at the pads and nudged down towards long on

82
Howell to Cobb, no run

Length, outside off and he drives it straight to cover

81
1
Howell to Miller, 1 run

Full, angling outside off and driven down towards long on

Howell is back into the attack

 
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