The Hundred: Trent Rockets secure first place; Welsh Fire lose eighth game in a row to end season unnecessarily | Cricket News


Trent Rockets tabletops beat Welsh fire bottom at Trent Bridge; the hosts finish in the top three as the hardworking visitors crumble to the eighth out of eight defeats to end the season with zero points; Dawid Malan hits fourth fifty of season for stealing Rockets

Last update: 29/08/22 22:13

Dawid Malan has scored 358 runs in eight innings for the Trent Rockets so far this season, dropping fifty-four times

Top beat bottom in The Hundred as Trent Rockets secured a top-three spot and Welsh Fire dropped to an eighth straight loss…

History of the game

The two teams could hardly have had more contrasting seasons. For the Rockets, it’s six out of eight wins and a spot in the Round of 16 later this week. For Fire, it’s zero points and an early release.

Trent Rockets 172-4 from 100 balls – Malan (58 from 37 balls), Hales (39 from 28 balls), Sams (31 from 14 balls), Munro (22 from 11 balls)

Welsh Fire 143-6 from 100 rounds – Critchley (55no on 35 balls); Shamsi (2-12 from 20 balls), Patel (2-23 from 20 balls), Cook (2-36 from 20)

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The Rockets slammed 172-4 on their 100 balls – Dawid Malan had the best score with 57 of 38 deliveries – before Fire went 143-6 in response as Matt Critchley hit 55 pitches on 35 balls.

Rockets spinners Tabraiz Shamsi (2-12 from 20 balls) and Samit Patel (2-23 from 20 balls) as well as setter Sam Cook (2-36 from 20 balls) shared six wickets.

The Rockets will advance directly to the Finals as the table top if London Spirit doesn’t beat Birmingham Phoenix on Tuesday night or if Spirit wins but fails to get its net pace above that of the Rockets.

Check out the best bits from Malan's 58 out of 37 balls against Welsh Fire - his fourth half of The Hundred season

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Check out the best bits from Malan’s 58 out of 37 balls against Welsh Fire – his fourth half of The Hundred season

Check out the best bits from Malan’s 58 out of 37 balls against Welsh Fire – his fourth half of The Hundred season

Fire are the first team to lose all of their games in a single Hundred campaign. They were hurt by the withdrawal of Jonny Bairstow on the eve of the tournament as he focused on rest ahead of England’s Test series against South Africa and in his absence they floundered with the bat .

The Rockets, however, thrived, with the runs of Malan (tournament-leading 358 in eight innings) and Alex Hales (251 in eight strokes) crucial.

Against the fire, Malan hit his fourth fifty of the season and Hales 38 from 29 balls – the pair sharing an opening position of 89 from 58 balls, during which Hales ignored being hit in the ribs by George Scrimshaw.

Watch this brilliant crowd catch after Colin Munro hit a huge max for Trent Rockets in their Hundred vs. Welsh Fire game

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Watch this brilliant crowd catch after Colin Munro hit a huge max for Trent Rockets in their Hundred vs. Welsh Fire game

Watch this brilliant crowd catch after Colin Munro hit a huge max for Trent Rockets in their Hundred vs. Welsh Fire game

Daniel Sams (31 of 14) and Colin Munro (22 of 11) played boundary-laden cameos, with Munro’s six being caught in the crowd by an alert fan.

In response, Fire’s batting problems resurfaced as wickets plummeted – Tom Banton (9), Joe Clarke (15) and David Miller (5) once again failed to make scores of runs, leaving Ben Duckett play with 25 and Critchley to score just the second fifty by a Fire hitter this quarter.

Matt Critchley scored Welsh Fire's second fifty of the season in the loss to Trent Rockets at Trent Bridge

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Matt Critchley scored Welsh Fire’s second fifty of the season in the loss to Trent Rockets at Trent Bridge

Matt Critchley scored Welsh Fire’s second fifty of the season in the loss to Trent Rockets at Trent Bridge

Match Hero, Dawid Malan (58 of 37 balls, 3×4 3×6)

The Rockets hitter said: “You want to contribute to winning games. It’s pointless, non-winning goal runs, so if I can keep contributing to winning games, that’s the goal.

“The goal of the group stages is to get to the last three and hopefully we get straight to the final and get the day off.

Match Hero Malan talks about his fine form and the great spirit within the Trent Rockets camp

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Match Hero Malan talks about his fine form and the great spirit within the Trent Rockets camp

Match Hero Malan talks about his fine form and the great spirit within the Trent Rockets camp

“We have a good group of lads, everyone knows each other, it’s a similar team to last year with a lot of boys from Nottinghamshire. It’s been going very well and when you win it creates a good environment.”

Darren Gough told Sky Sports: “Malan is so elegant to watch. He can cut the ball over the center wicket, but his other shot is that cover drive.

“When he’s playing well and his feet are moving, there’s no better view than a Malan cover player.”

And after?

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Spirit vs. Phoenix

August 30, 2022, 2:30 p.m.

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Spirit vs. Phoenix

August 30, 2022, 6:00 p.m.

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The play-off battle continues at Lord’s on Tuesday as London Spirit host Birmingham Phoenix (6pm on Sky Sports The Hundred ahead of a 6.30pm start). Spirit will advance to the top three if they win, while 2021 runners-up Phoenix need the win to keep their hopes dwindling.

Earlier in the day in women’s competition, the equation was simple for Phoenix. They will earn a top three spot if they beat or tie Spirit.

What’s next for fire?

As Welsh firefighters endure a horror campaign in The Hundred, Sky Sports' Dominic Cork and Simon Doull pick their potential squad for 2023 - and even suggest Eoin Morgan could be the head coach!

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As Welsh firefighters endure a horror campaign in The Hundred, Sky Sports’ Dominic Cork and Simon Doull pick their potential squad for 2023 – and even suggest Eoin Morgan could be the head coach!

As Welsh firefighters endure a horror campaign in The Hundred, Sky Sports’ Dominic Cork and Simon Doull pick their potential squad for 2023 – and even suggest Eoin Morgan could be the head coach!

In pre-match fun, Simon Doull and Dominic Cork looked at a potential squad for Fire in 2023, with both keen on an influx of Glamorgan cricketers next season. None of the Fire 2022 team members are current Glamorgan players.

Doull said: “I think it needs a complete overhaul. They don’t have any Glamorgan players. Where is their identity? All the other franchises have an identity with players the fans already know. You can’t tell me Glamorgan doesn’t have good enough players for The Hundred.”

Doull and Cork’s Welsh Fire squad for 2023 (overseas players in bold)

  • Jonny Bairstow (England player under central contract)
  • Sam Northeast
  • First Sisodia
  • Kiran Carlson
  • Dan Douthwaite
  • Michael Hogan
  • Leus du Plooy
  • ben ducket
  • Jake Ball
  • George Scrimshaw
  • Matt Critchley
  • Ross Whiteley/Jordan Thompson
  • Adam Lyth
  • Babar Azam
  • Adam Zampa/Ish Sodhi
  • Shanawaz Dahani

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