Recent Match 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 collapse from the visitors saw them slip from 70 for 1 to a sub-par total of 116 for 9.

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

Rockets never really looked like they had an answer to Phoenix’s all-round bowling brilliance, with all batsmen failing to post double figures.

Phoenix then galloped home with the bat in reply, Amy Jones and Ellyse Perry posting unbeaten 44 and 39 respectively to ensure an unbeaten start to the season for Phoenix.

The Rockets initially struggled to find any kind of momentum in their innings. Molineux’s first set of 10 deliveries cost her just six runs inside the powerplay, and included the wicket of Bryony Smith for 1, leaving the visitors tipped at 1 for 1.

Sciver, who made his first Hundred appearance in 2022, and Elyse Villani were then able to build a solid foundation, taking the Rockets to 70 for 1 thanks to their half-century partnership. However, it was a partnership of stability rather than intent and when Villani took a hole to Perry at long-on off the bowling of Elwiss, it signaled the start of a miserable collapse for the away side.

Sciver departed not long after for an uncharacteristically calm run-a-ball 31, before overseas star Mignon du Preez hooked an Issy Wong short ball straight into the hands of Gwen Davies for just 2. Only Kathryn Bryce, the Rockets’ No.10, could register double figures as the visitors crumbled to a sub-par 116 for 9.

Phoenix didn’t exactly get off to a flyer in response, but then they had no need to with such a low sum to chase. Sophie Devine tried to line up Sciver and left after 16, while Eve Jones went for 11 not long after, but from then on it was plain sailing. No real risk was needed and Perry and Amy Jones were able to manipulate the field and pick up singles for much of the middle of the innings.

Amy Jones in particular looked in fine touch as she picked up her 44 off 32 deliveries. A series of brilliant shots from England’s Sarah Glenn flew off the bat and over the boundary rope for four to bring her side within touching distance of victory. The second, a reverse paddle past point, stood out as a moment of brilliance in a largely hazard-free chase, as she and Perry accelerated at the death to see them over the line with nine balls to spare.

Not even last week’s hat-trick hero Alana King could provide enough magical stardust to defend the total the Rockets had posted earlier. Glenn and Katherine Brunt also failed to find the all-important breakthrough and both ended wicketless as Phoenix simply proved too much to handle.

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