Recent Game Report – Rockets vs Phoenix Game 7 2022

Birmingham Phoenix 117 for 2 (Jones 44*, Perry 39*) beat Trent Rockets 116 for 9 (Villani 33, Sciver 31, Arlott 3-19) by eight wickets

Birmingham Phoenix cruised to an eight-wicket win over Trent Rockets at Edgbaston after a stunning visitors’ slump saw them drop from 70-1 to an under-par tally of 116-9.

Emily Arlott was the bowlers’ choice, claiming 3 of 19, including the key scalp of captain Nat Sciver, and was ably supported by Georgia Elwiss and Sophie Molineux, who picked up two wickets each for the home side.

The Rockets never really seemed to have an answer to the Phoenix’s outburst of all-out bowling, with all three hitters on the bar failing to post double-digit scores.

Phoenix then came home with the bat in response, with Amy Jones and Ellyse Perry posting 44 and 39 undefeated respectively to secure an undefeated start to the season for Phoenix.

The Rockets initially struggled to find some form of momentum in their innings. Molineux’s first set of 10 deliveries cost him just six points on the power play, and included Bryony Smith’s wicket for 1, leaving the visitors reeling at 1 for 1.

Sciver, making his first appearance at the Hundred in 2022, and Elyse Villani were then able to build a strong base, taking the Rockets up to 70-to-1 thanks to their half-century partnership. It was a partnership of stability rather than intention, however, and when Villani lost Perry long after Elwiss bowled, it marked the start of a miserable meltdown for the opposing team.

Sciver went off shortly after for an unusually quiet run-a-ball 31, before foreign star Mignon du Preez hooked a short ball from Issy Wong straight into the hands of Gwen Davies for just 2. Only Kathryn Bryce , No. 10 for the Rockets, could register double-digits as the visitors slumped to a par 116 under for 9.

Phoenix didn’t exactly answer a flyer, but they didn’t need it with such a low total to chase. Sophie Devine tried to line up Sciver and left for 16, while Eve Jones left for 11 shortly after, but from there it was smooth sailing. No real risk was needed, and Perry and Amy Jones were able to manipulate the pitch and pick up singles for much of the middle innings.

Amy Jones in particular looked in fine form, as she racked up her 44 out of 32 deliveries. A succession of glorious shots from England’s Sarah Glenn flew off the bat and over the top rope line for four to bring his team within touching distance of victory. The second, a reverse-paddle run, stood out as a moment of brilliance in a largely harmless chase, as she and Perry accelerated to the death to see them cross the line with nine balls to spare.

Even last week’s hat-trick hero Alana King couldn’t provide enough magical stardust to successfully defend the total the Rockets posted earlier. Glenn and Katherine Brunt were also unable to find this significant breakthrough, and both finished without a wicket as the Phoenix simply proved too much to handle.

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