Hundred: The London Spirit survived the fear by scaring Birmingham Phoenix in Edgbaston


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

The London Spirit survived great fear by defeating Birmingham Phoenix and starting the women’s campaign with hundreds of victories in Edgbaston with three gates.

Spirit, captain of English skipper Heather Knight, cruised at 108-3 – they needed 21 of 23 balls in their 129 chase.

But in a frenetic few minutes they lost three goalkeepers in four balls with no set, while Emily Arlott knocked out Chloe Tryon, Susie Rowe and Deepti Sharma carelessly left 28.

Spirit needed Amaru Carr to lead them to a win with 11, not before Danielle Gibson hit the only two balls she faced for four to seal the win with the four remaining balls.

Despite the defeat, Phoenix’s Eve Jones won the Match Hero Award for her 47 in her 128-6.

The match was the first double header by Stote with the same two men’s teams playing from 6:30 p.m.

Davies impresses with a large Verma door

The most important wicket in the women’s hundred could be the one that opens Birmingham Shafali Verma – a 17-year-old Indian superstar who can win matches on her own.

She had just started showing off her dynamic attacking abilities back to back when Freya Davies fired her at 13 years old.

Davies, a tall fast bowler, tricked her with a slower ball loop that knocked down a stump of her leg. It was a pivotal moment in the 25-year-old’s impressive portrayal.

Davies played 17 times for England and tipped him to break current Katherine Brunt-Anya Shrubsole who opened a bowling partnership in the not-too-distant future.

On this occasion, she continued to mix things up with slower balls, allowing only 19 runs in her 20 deliveries, except for Verme’s top.

All actions Wong expensive

It’s hard to miss Birglass fast bowler Issy Wong in any match she plays.

The 19-year-old, who is considered the star of the future due to her clean rhythm, is buzzing around her bleached blonde hair and seems to be enjoying the spotlight.

She screamed with delight and pounded passionately in the air after nine years rejecting the dangerous Deandra Dottin lbw – the first Spirit goalie to fall after 14 balls.

After that, however, Wong was headstrong, with his 20 balls costing 31 runs – the most of all bowlers on either side.

The ghost needed 16 of the 15 balls soon after their collapse, Wong was given the ball.

Her first delivery of the spell, Carr flew brilliantly over the goalkeeper in four years – a limit that eased the tension of the visitors in the match that went to the wire.

Jones doubles acting in vain

The best shot of the match was given by Eve Jones in a lost order.

After the defeat by Verma, Phoenix continued to skate and was 37-3 after 36 balls, but Jones played an impressive attacking inning – hitting a series of brilliant shots next to the bowler.

She combined with her skipper Amy Jones in a crucial, well-timed partnership of 64 of 41 balls.

Amy Jones is an international from England, who learned the game at the Walmley Cricket Club, just 10 miles from Edgbaston, but is surpassed by a namesake here.

Jones runs the map

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