The Hundred: London Spirit survives fear of beating Birmingham Phoenix in Edgbaston

Birmingham Phoenix 128-6 (100 balles) : E Jones 47, A Jones 33; Dottin 2-28
London Spirit 132-7 (96 balles) : Dattani 34; Burns 2-15
London Spirit wins by three wickets with four balls remaining
Scorecard

London Spirit survived a scare to beat Birmingham Phoenix and start their Hundred Women campaign with a three wicket victory at Edgbaston.

Spirit, led by English skipper Heather Knight, was sailing 108-3 – needing 21 of 23 balls in his pursuit of 129.

But in a few frenzied minutes, they lost three wickets to four balls without scoring, as Emily Arlott fired Chloe Tryon and Susie Rowe and Deepti Sharma casually drilled 28 holes.

Spirit needed Amara Carr to lead them to victory with 11 steps before Danielle Gibson hit the only two balls she faced for four to seal the victory with four in reserve.

Despite the loss, Phoenix’s Eve Jones received the Match Hero award for her 47 in her team’s 128-6.

The game was The Hundred’s first brace with the same two men’s teams playing from 6:30 p.m. BST.

Davies impresses after big Verma box office

The biggest wicket in the Women’s Hundred may well be Birmingham opener Shafali Verma – the 17-year-old Indian superstar who can win games on her own.

She had just started showing off her dynamic attacking skills on all fours back to back when she was fired by Freya Davies for 13.

Davies, a great, fast pitcher, tricked her with a slower looping ball that knocked over the leg stump. It was the key moment in an impressive display from the 25-year-old.

Davies has played 17 times for England and has been tipped to sever the current Katherine Brunt-Anya Shrubsole opening bowling partnership in the not too distant future.

On this occasion, she continued to mix things up with slower balls, conceding just 19 runs in her 20 deliveries in addition to Verma’s scalp.

Wong all-action expensive

Fast Birmingham player Issy Wong is hard to miss in any game she plays.

The 19-year-old, who is considered a star of the future due to her sheer rhythm, is buzzing with her bleached blonde hair and seems to be enjoying the limelight.

She screamed in glee and hit the air passionately after firing dangerous Deandra Dottin lbw for nine – the first Spirit wicket to drop after 14 balls.

After that, however, Wong was temperamental, with her 20 balls costing 31 runs – the most players on either side.

With Spirit needing 16 of 15 bullets shortly after they collapsed, Wong received the bullet.

His first delivery of the spell was brilliantly picked up on the wicket keeper for four by Carr – a limit that eased tension for the visitors in a game that went over.

Jones double act in vain

The best batting effort in the game came from Eve Jones in a losing cause.

After Verma’s loss, Phoenix continued to slide and was 37-3 after 36 balls, but Jones played an impressive offensive inning – hitting a dazzling number of shots past the pitcher.

She combined with her skipper, Amy Jones, in a key, well-paced 64-41-ball partnership.

Amy Jones is an England international, who learned the game at Walmley Cricket Club just 10 miles from Edgbaston, but here she has been overshadowed by her namesake.

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