The Hundred: Kane Richardson scores twice as the Birmingham Phoenix defeat the Oval Invincibles in a hard-fought match. - 8x - English

The Hundred: Kane Richardson scores twice as the Birmingham Phoenix defeat the Oval Invincibles in a hard-fought match.

At the Kia Oval, Richardson concluded with 3-22 after dismissing Invincibles skipper Sam Billings and Jordan Cox with successive deliveries. Fellow seamer Tom Helm claimed an amazing three for 11 from 20 balls.

Despite the Curran brothers’ best efforts—both Sam and Tom clattered a flurry of sixes even as their team fell short on 156-8—those performances anchored the Phoenix victory.

As the visitors produced 166-6 earlier, Liam Livingstone (45 from 32) and Moeen Ali (42 from 25) provided the leadership. Their bowlers made sure the total turned out to be a winning total.

Tom Helm produced a match-winning over to dismiss the Curran brothers and help seal the win for Birmingham Phoenix

Big-hitting opener Will Smeed appeared to be back on track after Phoenix were introduced after suffering a lean run in three innings following his undefeated century against Southern Brave.

Smeed smashed 23 balls, including two sixes, while facing all 13 deliveries of the opening session. However, he was undone when he missed a pull from Mohammad Hasnain, and Sam Curran backpedalled at mid-on to take the catch.

In a 25-ball innings that included four crisp maximums, including one off Sunil Narine, who otherwise bowled closely to finish with two for 21, Moeen took over the batting with gusto.

After a 69-run stand with Livingstone, who started out slowly before exploding into destructive mode against Sam Curran, Narine got the last word, convincing the Phoenix captain to hole out.

Liam Livingstone was in fine form with the bat

Livingstone skied Matt Milnes (three for 32) into long-on, missing out on his second half-century of the competition despite sending the left-armer over the leg-side boundary three times in four deliveries.

The Invincibles were dealt a rapid double blow when they fell to 11 for two in their reply. Will Jacks was trapped lbw by Richardson, costing them a review, and Rilee Roussouw was killed by Smeed’s expertly timed diving catch on the leg side.

Jason Roy, who was out of shape, rode his luck in the meanwhile, flicking one to a backward square where Imran Tahir was unable to hold on and then edging Richardson onto the stumps such that the bails flared up but resolutely refused to fall.

Cox (32 from 29) and Sam Curran (30 from 20) kept the Invincibles’ hopes alive, but Roy (21 from 19) was unable to fully capitalise, hooking Henry Brookes down the throat of deep square leg. As a result, the Invincibles appeared to be floundering.

Tom Curran scored 30 runs off only 12 deliveries before Helm caught him on the boundary as Phoenix won the match after Richardson’s yorker had Cox and Billings out for the game.

It is always good to win, and to be honest, that is a difficult position to defend on, remarked Richardson.

Feedback at the midway point stated that the wicket had pace and bounce, but that the manner we stopped it when they were coming hard at the finish there was wonderful.

The Curran boys were approaching, thus Tom Helm’s decision to get both of them out won the game.

It was a fantastic victory because they came at us hard.

The next match of The Hundred will be a doubleheader between Welsh Fire and London Spirit at Lord’s. Prior to the commencement of the men’s game at 6.30 p.m., the women’s competition will begin at 3 p.m.

The Invincibles’ next game is a trip to Lord’s on Saturday, with the men’s game beginning at 7 p.m. and the women’s game beginning at 3.30 p.m.

The following day, Sunday, Birmingham Phoenix plays at home against Manchester Originals (same timings as above).


Last update: : August 24, 2022

Category: Cricket