Sport Allen helps Phoenix inflict first defeat on Rockets
Benjamin seals thrilling Birmingham win in Hundred
Birmingham Phoenix rookie Chris Benjamin hit an unbeaten 24 from 15 balls to clinch a thrilling three-wicket victory against London Spirit at Edgbaston. STORY OF THE MATCHZak Crawley smashed the highest score of the Hundred to date - and also came within three balls of becoming the first player to bat right through an innings in the tournament with his knock of 64 from 40 balls.
Birmingham Phoenix ended the Trent Rockets' unbeaten record with a dominant win thanks to an exhilarating start from opening batsmen Finn Allen and Will Smeed at Edgbaston. STORY OF THE MATCH
Despite Rockets opener D'Arcy Short's duck, the world's highest-ranked Twenty20 international batsman Dawid Malan came to the crease and hung around for 80 of the 100 balls, striking a measured 51 off 41.
England outcast Hales and 36-year-old all-rounder Samit Patel plundered more eye-catching innings of 38 off 22 and 31 off 19 respectively, although Benny Howell's wily slower balls and Adam Milne's 2-13 off 20 helped restrict them to 144.
Parkinson stars as Originals rout Phoenix
Matt Parkinson took four wickets for nine runs as Manchester Originals hammered Birmingham Phoenix by six wickets to earn their first win in The Hundred.Phoenix became the first team to be bowled out short of completing their 100 balls as they could only muster 87 from 84 deliveries after winning the toss and choosing to bat first.
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Young duo Will Smeed, 19, and Finn Allen, 22, got the hosts off to a flyer, with teenager Smeed delivering 36 off 13 - at a strike rate of nearly 300 - before Allen fell for 43 off 23.
Rashid Khan's 3-26 pegged the home side back but Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone steadied the ship and helped get them over the line as the Phoenix cruised to victory, chasing down the target with 26 balls to spare.MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Smeed was caught off world-class spinner Khan, and shortly afterwards new batsman and Phoenix captain Moeen was nought off six, struggling for fluency, and the momentum of the innings was smothered.
Patel looked to have trapped him lbw, and the umpire ruled it was a fair delivery and that the ball had hit pad first rather than bat - with 'ball tracking' to come.
Eagles back Allen to overcome form slump
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says he may continue with using Jeremy McGovern as a back-up ruckman in order to ease the load on sore swingman Oscar Allen.Allen has become West Coast's Mr Fix-it since being drafted with pick No.21 in 2017, alternating between the forward line, defence, and back-up ruck duties.
But the technology was not working and therefore the third umpire was forced to stick with the initial on-field decision of not out.
As it was, Ali stayed in, smashed three successive boundaries and left Allen and the classy Liam Livingstone just 51 off 40 balls, making them massive favourites to seal the win. There would have been a bit of uncertainty if Moeen went for zero...
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Hales and Malan proved there is more than one way to skin a cat. Hales showed off his repertoire of shots as well as his raw physical power.
He swept for a maximum to manipulate a field change before then finding a gap that change created as part of a 4, 6, 4 which helped to accelerate the run rate.
His explosive style made him the highest run scorer in this year's Australian Big Bash and puts him in contention to do the same in the men's Hundred, but also makes him more likely to hole out, as he did when he misjudged Moeen.
Salute marks 150th Gunners anniversary
A synchronised gun salute will take place at seven locations across the nation on Sunday to mark 150 years' service by the Royal Australian Artillery.Events in Sydney and Melbourne have been cancelled due to COVID lockdowns. However 75 rounds will be discharged at seven military sites between midday and 12.30pm (AEST).
Malan has been criticised for his slow starts, but his composure and methodical innings-building saw him anchor the innings - once he passes 20 runs, his strike rate is more than 150! But did his initial inactivity put pressure on Hales?CATCH OF THE MATCH
Pat Brown grabbed an absolute stunner out of the sky after Dawid Malan swept Imran Tahir high into the air.
Unfortunately, catching it took him over the boundary rope, meaning a six was given to the England batsman.
Still, though, a wonderful effort - and former England spinner Phil Tufnell called it the best catch he's ever seen which wasn't a wicket!WHAT THEY SAID
Phoenix opener Will Smeed: "Last night I got a call (to say he was playing), I was buzzing and it went well today. Obviously it's the biggest stage I've played on, so I was a bit nervy, but I got into it quickly and started really enjoying it.
"I was nervous, but me and Finn will go out there, play freely, we've got the backing of the coach to just go out and have fun. Every batter likes batting in the powerplay in white-ball cricket, it's probably the best time to bat. I was lucky to get the opportunity today and I loved every minute of it."WHAT'S NEXT?
On Monda, there's another double-header, with the Oval Invincibles hosting the Welsh Fire in the women's competition at 3pm BST, before the men get underway at 6.30pm.
Both games at The Kia Oval will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Mix, with the women's game also on our YouTube channel.
Lily Allen wows in red lipstick after West End show 2:22 A Ghost Story .
Lily Allen, 36, still managed to look fashionable as ever as she left the stage door in a red lipstick and oversized black blazer combo on Saturday. The Smile hitmaker cut a chic figure in the trendy ensemble after a long day of commanding the audience yet again during her theatre debut. The mum-of-two exited stage right in a pair of mid-wash mom jeans, which she wore turned up at the ankles to show off her chunky patent leather boots. The star carried her essentials in a small black purse with a khaki cross-body strap, while she sported a pendant necklace and an array of delicate earrings.