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Tablecloths Trent Rockets overcame the perigee Wells Fire at Trent Bridge; The hosts finished third in the lead as the hard-working visitors slipped to an eighth defeat out of eight to finish the season with zero points; David Malan hits the fifty-fourth of the season with missile flight

Last update: 08/29/22 10:37 PM


Highlights The Hundred Clash between Trent Rockets and Fire Welch.

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Highlights The Hundred Clash between Trent Rockets and Fire Welch.

Highlights The Hundred Clash between Trent Rockets and Fire Welch.

The leaderboards defeated the bottom at The Hundred as Trent Rockets took third place in the lead and Welsh Fire fell to an eighth consecutive defeat…

Match story

The two sides could hardly have had more contrasting seasons. For the Rockets, he racked up six wins out of eight and qualified for the knockout stages later this week. For Fire, it’s zero points and an early exit.

Trent 172-4 rockets of 100 balls – Malan (58 from 37 balls), Hales (39 from 28 balls), Sams (31 from 14 balls), Monroe (22 no from 11 balls)

Welsh Fire 143-6 from 100 ball – Critchley (55 no from 35 balls); Solar (2-12 of 20 balls), Patel (2-23 of 20 balls), Cook (2-36 off 20 balls)

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Rockets blasted 172-4 off 100 balls – David Malan finished first with 57 from 38 shots – before Fire made 143-6 in response while Matt Critchley hit 55 not from 35 balls.

Spinners Tabriz Shamsie (2-12 off 20 balls) and Samet Patel (2-23 off 20 balls) as well as tailor Sam Cooke (2-36 off 20 balls) shared six wickets in a 29-game home win.

The Rockets will advance directly to the final as the leader in the standings if the London Spirit does not beat Birmingham Phoenix on Tuesday night, or if Spirit wins but fails to raise its net flow rate above the Rockets.

Check out the best part of 58 Malan's 37 balls against the Welsh Fire - his fourth half century of The Hundred Season

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Check out the best part of 58 Malan’s 37 balls against the Welsh Fire – his fourth half century of The Hundred Season

Check out the best part of 58 Malan’s 37 balls against the Welsh Fire – his fourth half century of The Hundred Season

Fire is the first team to lose all their matches in the One Hundred Campaign. They were hit by Jonny Bairstow’s withdrawal on the eve of the tournament as he focused on resting ahead of England’s Test series against South Africa and in his absence they stumbled off the bat.

The Rockets thrived, though, with Malan (championship lead 358 in eight rounds) and Alex Hales (251 in eight strokes) decisive.

Against the fire, Malan hit his fourth fiftieth of the season and Hales’ 38th from 29 balls – the pair share the opening position off 89th from 58 balls, during which Hales ignored his hit in the ribs by George Scrimshaw.

Watch this illustrious crowd hunt after Colin Munro delivers a massive maximum blow to the Trent Rockets in their 100th game against a Welchfire

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Watch this illustrious crowd hunt after Colin Munro delivers a massive maximum blow to the Trent Rockets in their 100th game against a Welchfire

Watch this illustrious crowd hunt after Colin Munro delivers a massive maximum blow to the Trent Rockets in their 100th game against a Welchfire

Daniel Sams (31 of 14) and Colin Monroe (22 of 11) played a frantic cameo with the border, as six of Monroe were caught in the crowd by an attentive fan.

In response, Fire’s batting problems again surfaced as the wicket fell – Tom Banton (9), Joe Clark (15) and David Miller (5) once again failed to hit the core scores, leaving Ben Duckett in the chips with 25 and Critchley to score only Fifty second hit the fire this term.

Matt Critchley scored his second fiftieth for the Welsh Fire of the season in the defeat to Trent Rockets at Trent Bridge.

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Matt Critchley scored his second fiftieth for the Welsh Fire of the season in the defeat to Trent Rockets at Trent Bridge.

Matt Critchley scored his second fiftieth for the Welsh Fire of the season in the defeat to Trent Rockets at Trent Bridge.

Match Hero, David Malan (58 of 37 balls, 3 x 4 3 x 6)

Missile Striker said: “You want to contribute to winning matches. It is pointless in terms of scoring goals and not winning, so if I can continue to contribute to winning matches that is the goal.

“The aim of the group stages is to get to the last three and hopefully we can get straight to the final and have a day off.

Match Hero Malan discusses his awesome form and great spirit at Trent Rockets

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Match Hero Malan discusses his awesome form and great spirit at Trent Rockets

Match Hero Malan discusses his awesome form and great spirit at Trent Rockets

“We have a good group of players, everyone knows each other, it’s a similar squad last year with a lot of Nottinghamshire boys. It goes really well and when you win it creates a good environment.”

Darren Goff told Sky BEIN: “Malan is very elegant to watch. He can cut the ball over halfway but his other shot is the cover drive.

“When he plays well and his feet are moving, there is no better scene than leading Malan.”

What’s Next?

Spirit vs. Phoenix

August 30, 2022, 2:30 pm

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Spirit vs. Phoenix

August 30, 2022, 6:00 pm

go on with your life

The Annex fight continues in Lords on Tuesday as London Spirit host Birmingham Phoenix (6pm on Sky BEIN The Hundred before 6:30pm). Spirit will advance to the top three if they win, while 2021 runner-up Phoenix needs a win to keep their dwindling hopes alive.

Earlier in the day in the women’s competition, the equation was simple for Phoenix. They will secure a position in the top three if they beat or equalize with Spirit.

What’s next for fire?

With the Welsh Fire men enduring a campaign of terror at The Hundred, Sky BEIN' Dominic Cork and Simon Dole have selected their potential 2023 team - and even suggest that Eoin Morgan could be head coach!

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With the Welsh Fire men enduring a campaign of terror at The Hundred, Sky BEIN’ Dominic Cork and Simon Dole have selected their potential 2023 team – and even suggest that Eoin Morgan could be head coach!

With the Welsh Fire men enduring a campaign of terror at The Hundred, Sky BEIN’ Dominic Cork and Simon Dole have selected their potential 2023 team – and even suggest that Eoin Morgan could be head coach!

In some pre-match fun, Simon Dole and Dominic Cork considered a potential Fire team in 2023, with both wanting to stream Glamorgan cricketers next season. None of the 2022 Fire squad is a current Glamorgan player.

Dole said, “I think it needs a complete reshuffle. They don’t have any Glamorgan players. Where’s their identity? All the other franchises have an identity with players that fans already know. You can’t tell me that Glamorgan doesn’t have good players. Enough for a hundred.”

Welch Fire Team Cork 2023 (international players in bold)

  • Jonny Bairstow (England national team)
  • Sam Northeast
  • Prem Sisodia
  • Kieran Carlson
  • Dan Douthwaite
  • Michael Hogan
  • Leus du Plooy
  • Ben Duquette
  • Jake Paul
  • George Scrimshaw
  • Matt Critchley
  • Ross Whiteley / Jordan Thompson
  • Adam Laith
  • Babar Azam
  • Adam Zampa / Ish Sudi
  • Shnoz Dahani

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