The Hundred: Birmingham Phoenix remain undefeated with win over Trent Rockets | Cricket News


An unbeaten 78 standing between Amy Jones and Ellyse Perry helped Phoenix go two out of two with an eight-wicket win over the Rockets at Edgbaston; Emily Arlott’s 3-19 helped limit the visitors to 116-9 on their 100 balls

Last update: 08/15/22 19:16

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Highlights from The Women’s Hundred game between Birmingham Phoenix and Trent Rockets

Highlights from The Women’s Hundred game between Birmingham Phoenix and Trent Rockets

Emily Arlott and Amy Jones played starring roles as Birmingham Phoenix cruised to an eight-wicket win over Trent Rockets at Edgbaston after a stunning visitors slump in The Hundred…

Game history

Arlott was the bowlers’ choice, claiming 3-20, including key scalp Rockets captain Nat Sciver, and was ably backed up by Georgia Elwiss and Sophie Molineux, who picked up two wickets apiece for the home side.

The Rockets never really seemed to have an answer to Phoenix’s bowling outburst, with all three-bar hitters falling for single-digit scores as they fell 70-1 to a total below the average of 116-9.

Phoenix then went home with the bat in response, with Jones and Ellyse Perry posting unbeaten 44 and 39 respectively in their third-wicket stands to secure an unbeaten start to the season.

The Rockets initially struggled to find some form of momentum in their innings. Molineux’s first set of 10 deliveries cost him just six power-play points and included England fly-half Bryony Smith’s wicket for one.

Sciver, making his first Hundred appearance in 2022, and Elyse Villani were then able to build a solid foundation, taking the Rockets to 70-for-one thanks to their half-century partnership.

It was a partnership of stability rather than intention, however, and when Villani lost Perry long after Elwiss bowled for 33, it signaled the start of a miserable meltdown.

Trent Rockets 116-9 from 100 balls – Villani (33 out of 25 balls), Sciver (31 out of 31 balls); Arlott (3-19 on 20 balls), Elwiss (2-16 on 15 balls), Molineux (2-22 on 20 balls).

Birmingham Phoenix 117-2 on 91 balls – A Jones (44 from 32 balls), Perry (39 from 28 balls); King (1-18 on 20 balls), Sciver (1-24 on 15 balls).

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Sciver herself went off shortly after for an unusually quiet run-a-ball 31 before foreign star Mignon du Preez hooked a short ball from Issy Wong straight into the hands of Gwen Davies for just two. 10 Kathryn Bryce was the only other Rockets hitter to reach double digits as the visitors slumped.

Phoenix didn’t exactly respond to a flyer, but didn’t need to with such a low total to chase. Sophie Devine tried to line up Sciver and left for 16, while Eve Jones left for 16 shortly after, but from there it was smooth sailing.

Amy Jones' unbeaten 44 helped Birmingham Phoenix claim victory over Trent Rockets

Amy Jones’ unbeaten 44 helped Birmingham Phoenix claim victory over Trent Rockets

No real risk was needed, and Perry and Amy Jones were able to manipulate the pitch and pick up singles for much of the middle innings. Indeed, Jones in particular looked in fine form as she racked up her 44 out of 32 deliveries.

A succession of glorious shots from England’s Sarah Glenn flew off the bat and over the boundary line for four to bring her side within touching distance of victory.

The second, a reverse-paddle run, stood out as a moment of brilliance in a largely harmless chase as she and Perry accelerated to the death to see them cross the line with nine balls to spare.

Even last week’s hat-trick hero Alana King couldn’t inspire the Rockets, while big names Glenn and Katherine Brunt were also unable to make an impact and both finished without a wicket.

Hero of the match, Amy Jones (44 steps on 32 balls, 5×4)

“I felt like the pace of the race increased in stages and they played really tight and it was quite difficult to find the limit. Once a couple got through it felt like we were catching up.

“It is enormous [to win this game]. With the games coming thick and fast, that’s great. We will obviously be looking to win every game and keep it that way for as long as possible.”

Hero of the match Amy Jones reflects on Birmingham Phoenix win over Trent Rockets

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Hero of the match Amy Jones reflects on Birmingham Phoenix win over Trent Rockets

Hero of the match Amy Jones reflects on Birmingham Phoenix win over Trent Rockets

what they said

Birmingham Phoenix captain Sophie Devine: “I’m really happy – I think the bowlers have done a fantastic job on that wicket. There are a few players who have played the Commonwealth Games here so we have local knowledge and I think the bowlers have executed very well. .

“Then the way Amy and Ellyse finished the game, it just shows their experience.

“We know how important it is to get early wins in a competition like this, which is such a short tournament for us. We face Superchargers on Friday and it will be another huge game, and if you win, you got your foot in the door for the later stages of the tournament.”

And after?

The Trent Rockets are back at home on Wednesday when they host Oval Invincibles (3:30 p.m.). Birmigham Phoenix, meanwhile, travel to Headingley to take on Northern Superchargers on Friday August 19 (3.30pm).

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