Birmingham Phoenix ended Trent Rockets’ 100 per cent start to the Hundred with a pulsating seven-wicket victory at Edgbaston.

The Phoenix home ground remains a fortress – they have yet to lose a game there – after a vibrant bowling and fielding display set up their third successive win in this year’s competition. 

They had the Rockets reeling at 53 for six before a bold unbroken stand of 92 in 46 balls from Daniel Sams (55, 25 balls) and Luke Gregory (35, 22) took the visitors to 145 for six. Benny Howell continued his fine form in the tournament with three for 28. 

The 15,800 crowd then raised the Edgbaston roof as skipper Moeen Ali’s smashed 52 in 28 balls with five sixes to power his side towards victory with 14 balls to spare. Liam Livingstone’s unbeaten 51 (32) saw his side home despite Luke Wood’s impressive three for 16 from 20 balls.