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The Hundred: Birmingham Phoenix falter in play-off pursuit with defeat to Manchester Originals | Cricket News

England runner Sophie Ecclestone grabbed 3-8 off 20 balls in a superb display, as tailor Kate Cross claimed 2-14 to start Phoenix’s collapse; Birmingham knocked out 104 of the final ball in pursuit of a 122-6 hit to Manchester Originals first

Last update: 08/28/22 6:25 PM

Kate Cross rejected both Birmingham Phoenix openers to set Manchester Originals on their way to victory

Kate Cross rejected both Birmingham Phoenix openers to set Manchester Originals on their way to victory

Birmingham Phoenix failed to book a place in The Hundred qualifiers as they lost 18 rounds to Manchester Originals, who in turn continue to search for a top three position ahead of a game.

Match story

Birmingham would have ensured their passage to the playoffs with a win in front of their home fans at Edgbaston, but in their 123rd chase for victory, they came short, firing 104 from the final ball.

The Phoenix hunt got off to the worst possible start as the higher order suffered a great collapse. English bowler Kate Cross (2-14) beat the two holes, Eve Jones over second ball duck and captain Sophie Devine for four.

Amy Jones (6) and Australian Elise Perry (5) also fell cheaply, and when English wheel Sophie Ecclestone (3-8) cornered Sophie Molyneux three times, the hosts were reeling at 22-5 after 34 balls.

Manchester 122-6 Origins From 100 Balls – sheep (30 out of 21 balls), burns (28 out of 25 balls); Arlott (2-17 of 20 balls), Gordon (2-20 of 20 balls), and Wong (1-13 of 15 balls)

Birmingham Phoenix 104 all out of 100 balls – Alois (32 of 25 balls), Wong (24 of 26 balls); Ecclestone (3-8 of 20 balls), Kroos (2-14 of 20 balls), Jones (2-25 of 20 balls)

Georgia Elwes (32) and Issey Wong (24) briefly climbed into the innings with a 46-round position, but Birmingham didn’t really threaten their goal as they slipped into their inevitable defeat, with superb Ecclestone running through the tail late.

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Earlier, opener Emma Lamb – who made the England Test and a one-day international debut earlier this summer – scored the highest with 30 from 21 balls in a total of 122-6.

Lamb and South African big hitter Liesl Lee (20 of 16) participated in only a 53-time partnership of 35 balls that promised the visitors more, but only Erin Burns (28 of 25) and Ecclestone (20 of 14) actually benefited from the platform offered.

However, it proved more than enough for Manchester to secure their second victory in the women’s competition. They need a third place in their last game, and some other results to earn a place in the playoff.

What’s Next?

Trent Rockets and Welshfire will meet in a double header at The Hundred in a Bank Holiday Monday.

Missiles vs Welsh Fire

August 29, 2022, 3:00 pm

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The Fire finally claimed their first win in the women’s competition, the fifth time they asked against Northern Superchargers on Friday, while it was the men’s last chance for a first win on the board in their final group match. The Women’s Rockets will move into the top three with a win, while the men will confirm their place in the playoffs with one.

Missiles vs Welsh Fire

August 29, 2022, 6:45 pm

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Women start at 3.30pm, men follow from 7pm. Both matches are live on Sky BEIN The Hundred and Sky BEIN Mix and are also available for free via live streams on, the Sky BEIN app and the Sky BEIN Cricket YouTube channel.

As for the Phoenix and the Originals, the last group matches will be played at the London Spirit and against the Indomitable Oval on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

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