The Hundred: Alex Hales hits 58 of 41 as Trent Rockets cruise past Birmingham Phoenix | Cricket News

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Trent Rockets (147 on 97 balls) defeated Birmingham Phoenix (143 on 100 balls) in The Hundred 2022; The Rockets’ Alex Hales scored 58 of 41 balls, Joe Root was 34 of 26 not out, while teammate Colin Munro delivered a crucial 36 of 22 as they chased down Phoenix’s score.

Last update: 08/06/22 7:47 p.m.

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Highlights from The Hundred game between Trent Rockets and Birmingham Phoenix.

Highlights from The Hundred game between Trent Rockets and Birmingham Phoenix.

Trent Rockets finally picked up a comfortable win as they chased Birmingham Phoenix’s score of 143 runs for seven wickets, finishing on 147 runs on 97 balls for four wickets at Trent Bridge.

History of the game

Trent Rockets outplayed and eventually dominated Birmingham Phoenix. Their assured bowling display limited Phoenix to 143 after 100 balls for seven wickets.

The Rockets continued that result with confidence, with Colin Munro delivering 36 of 22 balls to keep the scoreboard going early.

Joe Root scored 34 on 26 pitches for the Rockets, while Alex Hales’ 58 on 41 was crucial.

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The match began to tighten with the last six balls remaining. Alex Hales looked to put the game away as he swung for a boundary only to be caught and played by Tom Helm.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore edged his first ball to lose his wicket for a duck. Although a final four from Tom Gregory ended the game with the Rockets on 147 with three balls remaining.

Hero of the match, Alex Hales (58 on 41 balls)

Alex Hales said: “The pitch was slow and I didn’t have much shot to start. It took me a little while to find my rhythm but I finally got there.

“It’s naturally a fast-scoring pitch with a fast outfield, with small boundaries, you’re always in the game with the chase.

“[The atmosphere] was unbelievable. It gets better every time I play here and the crowd last year was fantastic and it’s great to see all the smiling faces.”

what they said

Rockets captain Lewis Gregory said: “A really good start to the competition. I think we played really well up front.

“Everywhere that [Alex Hales] goes, he hits them and he scores and wins cricket games. We knew it was going to get a little trickier as the game progressed and the ball got a little softer. He played fantastic up front and saw the guys go home.

“Whatever the format and color of the ball placed in front [Joe Root], he scores points. The pace he played was exactly what we needed today and saw the game at home for us.

“It’s a great competition, it’s great to see full houses everywhere we’ve been and the fans here have been great and may it continue for a long time. We’ve kind of found a formula where we can win games of cricket and having these guys supporting week in and week out is pretty special.”

And after?

Manchester Originals and Northern Superchargers don’t have to wait too long to get back to business.

The Originals head to Lord’s to take on London Spirit on Monday (6:30pm start) with the Superchargers hosting the Rockets at Headingley on Tuesday (6:30pm start).

Spirit vs Originals

August 8, 2022, 6:00 p.m.

Live of Sky Sports Cricket

Superchargers versus rockets

August 9, 2022, 6:00 p.m.

Live of Sky Sports Cricket

Watch every The Hundred game this summer live on Sky Sports. Women’s competition kicks off on Thursday with defending champions Oval Invincibles hosting Northern Superchargers (6.30pm start).

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