Report: Southern Brave v Birmingham Phoenix men
A thrilling finish at the Ageas Bowl saw Southern Brave narrowly beat Birmingham Phoenix by four wickets with just 3 balls to spare.
Brave’s captain James Vince hit a 38-ball 60, but his dismissal by Moeen Ali off the 58th ball, top-edging a sweep to short fine leg, sparked a collapse from the home side as they sunk from 82 for 2 to 126 for 5 in the race to get over the line.
With Brave needing 18 from the final 10, Adam Milne (3 for 15 from 20 balls) had Ross Whiteley caught at long-on, but Chris Jordan (17* from 9) saw his team home to overhaul the 152-run target.
Earlier, Liam Livingstone brought his England T20 form to The Hundred with a ferocious 68 from 44 balls for Phoenix, sharing an unbeaten 104-run partnership with Miles Hammond (44* from 29).
Phoenix benefitted from an excellent innings from Livingstone that yielded four sixes.
In reply, Brave’s run chase stalled early after they lost Quinton de Kock to the 18th ball, the South African caught and bowled by Milne after steepling the ball high into the air.
By the time Milne struck again, beating Devon Conway for pace to have him bowled off the 81st, Vince had been and gone. But it was the skipper’s third half-century in four matches at the Ageas which proved crucial in his side putting their first points of the competition on the board.