Imran Tahir took 5 wickets, including the Hundred’s first-ever hat-trick, as Birmingham Phoenix played against the Welsh Fire on Monday while we also look at the games between the Oval Invincibles and the Trent Rockets from the previous day.
Oval Invincibles vs Trent Rockets (Women)
There was no play in this game due to rain.
Oval Invincibles vs Trent Rockets (Men)
Trent Rockets won the toss and elected to field first in a game that would be reduced to 65 balls per side.
Will Jacks would be caught by Dawid Malan off the bowling of Timm van der Gugten for 13 before Sunil Narine would be caught & bowled by Matt Carter for 1. Colin Ingram would be caught by Lewis Gregory off the bowling of Samit Patel for 9 before Sam Billings would be stumped by opposite number Tom Moores off the bowling of Patel for 6.
Alex Blake would be bowled by Rashid Khan for 9 before Tom Curran would be the final wicket to fall, caught by Carter off the bowling of Sam Cook for 8 – opener Jason Roy (56 off 29 balls) and Laurie Evans (9) would be not out.
D’Arcy Short would be caught by Saqib Mahmood off the bowling of Sunil Narine without scoring before Malan would be caught by Blake off the bowling of Curran for 6. Alex Hales would be bowled by Narine for 25 off 15 balls before Tom Moores would be caught by Evans off the same bowler for 1.
Patel would be caught by Curran off the bowling of Shamsi for 15 off 7 balls before Steven Mullaney would be caught by Blake off the same bowler for 10. Khan would be caught by Evans off the bowling of Curran for 16 off 6 balls before Carter would be the final wicket to fall, run out by substitute Jordan Cox, for 1 – Lewis Gregory (28 off 12 balls) and van der Gugten (1) not out as the visitors fell short of their target.
OI 125/6 (65 balls), TR 116/8 (65 balls)
Birmingham Phoenix vs Welsh Fire (Women)
Birmingham Phoenix would win the toss and elect to field first.
Hayley Matthews would be caught by Emily Arlott off the bowling of Maqsood for 13 before Bryony Smith would be run out by Franklin for 38. Georgia Redmayne would be caught & bowled by Erin Burns for 17 before Sophie Luff would fall LBW to Arlott for 7.
Sarah Taylor would be stumped by opposite number Amy Jones off the bowling of Eve Jones for 16 before Piepa Cleary would be run out by Kirstie Gordon for 3. Georgia Hennessy would be bowled by the same bowler for 2 before Katie George would be run out by A. Jones for a golden duck. Nicole Harvey would be the final wicket to fall, LBW to Gordon, for another golden duck – Alice Macleod and Hannah Baker would finish 19 and 1 not out respectively.
Shafali Verma and E. Jones would see the Phoenix home without losing a wicket, finishing with 76 off 42 balls and 52 off 35 balls respectively.
WF 127/9 (100 balls), BP 131/0 (76 balls)
Birmingham Phoenix vs Welsh Fire (Men)
Welsh Fire won the toss and elected to field first.
Finn Allen would be caught by Glenn Phillips off the bowling of Matt Milnes for 2 before Moeen Ali would be caught by Ian Cockbain off the bowling of Jimmy Neesham for 59 off 28 balls. Liam Livingstone would be caught by Phillips off the bowling of David Payne for 31 off 19 balls before Chris Benjamin would be bowled by the same bowler for 3.
Benny Howell would be the final wicket to fall, caught by Duckett off the bowling of Payne, for 6 with opener Will Smeed (65 off 38 balls) and Miles Hammond (7) were the not out batsmen.
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Tom Banton would be LBW to Adam Milne without scoring before Ben Duckett would be bowled by Howell for 16. Glenn Phillips would be caught by Ali off the bowling of Imran Tahir for 8 before Leus du Plooy would be caught & bowled by Tahir for 1.
Cockbain would be caught by Allen off the bowling of Ali for 32 before Neesham would be caught by Milne off the bowling of Pat Brown for 6. Graeme White would be caught by the same fielder off the bowling of Howell for 14 before Qais Ahmad would be caught by Smeed off the bowling of Tahir for 1. Tahir would also get the final 2 wickets as both Milnes (LBW) and Payne (bowled) would both get golden ducks resulting in the first-ever Hundred Hat-trick (the South African finishing for 5/25 off his 19 balls) – Luke Fletcher would finish 2 not out.
BP 184/5 (100 balls), WF 91 (74 balls)
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11:00 – Leicestershire vs Somerset (RLC Group B)
11:00 – Nottinghamshire vs Northamptonshire (RLC Group B)
11:00 – Surrey vs Warwickshire (RLC Group B)
11:00 – Worcestershire vs Durham (RLC Group A)
15:00 – Manchester Originals vs London Spirit (W 100)
18:30 – Manchester Originals vs London Spirit (M 100)
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