Paul Stirling and Ross Whiteley’s fine thumps helped Southern Brave lift the debut The Hundred prize as they crushed Birmingham Phoenix by 32 runs at the Lord’s on Saturday (August 21).
Stirling’s 61 off 36 conveyances was instrumental in setting up a decent stage for Brave, while Whiteley, batting at No. 6, impacted a 19-ball 44 not out to control his side to 168/5. Liam Livingstone’s 46 off 19 and a deliberate 36 from captain Moeen Ali kept Phoenix in the chase yet when they left, the lower request couldn’t stay aware of the mounting required rate as Brave facilitated to a title triumph.
Requested to bat, Brave lost Quinton de Kock early and just oversaw 25 in the powerplay, with Adam Milne surrendering just three runs off the 15 conveyances he bowled out of the initial 25. In any case, Stirling adapted to the situation as he struck six sixes and two fours, which included three maximums off Tahir. Stirling ultimately tumbled to a knuckle ball from Benny Howell, leaving Brave at 85/3 after 61 balls.
Tim David several sixes, helping Brave past 100, preceding tumbling to Livingstone. Whiteley came in straightaway and didn’t take long to get rolling, several fours off the legspinner. Pat Brown and Dillon Pennington felt the brunt of Whiteley’s assault as he scored four fours and as a large number to assist Brave with posting a monstrous aggregate.
Phoenix’s pursuit was in early chaos as they lost their openers David Bedingham and Will Smeed economically and scored just 14 off the initial 20 balls. Yet, Livingstone drove his group’s charge scoring sixes and fours voluntarily while Ali was vigilant at the opposite end. The two batsmen additionally had big chances and the terrible bowler – Jake Lintott – who bowled 10 balls straight, wound up being struck for two fours and a six by Livingstone. Chris Jordan likewise had a costly beginning yet an immediate hit from David from the limit rope lifted Brave as Livingstone was run out four shy of 50 years.
Ali a few maximums yet tumbled to Lintott on the 66th conveyance, giving a catch to long-on, to leave his group at 97/5. Albeit somewhat in front of Brave at a similar stage, Phoenix came up short on the capability at the back finish of their pursuit. Tymal Mills and Jordan kept it tight, limiting the limits, as Phoenix wound up well shy of the objective.