Birmingham Phoenix beat Trent Rockets home and away in the inaugural Hundred season but were well beaten as their Midlands rivals kicked off their 2022 campaign with a six-wicket win in front of a packed Trent Bridge.
Alex Hales, who had a relatively low-key first season, led the way with 58 off 41, sharing partnerships of 52 off 33 balls with Colin Munro (36 off 22) and 79 off 54 with Joe Root, who finished on 34 not out from 26 balls as skipper Lewis Gregory hit the winning boundary with three balls to spare.
Liam Livingstone hit five sixes in his 28-ball 47 and Moeen Ali three in his 21-ball 35 for Phoenix, but with four Rockets bowlers conceding at 1.2 runs per ball or fewer, Daniel Sams taking three for 24, their 143 from 100 balls always looked chaseable, even on a slowish pitch.
Tickets going fast for for The Hundred
The Hundred is an unforgettable experience, bringing world-class sporting action and excitement this summer. Tickets are selling fast for all four games at Edgbaston.
Tickets this year remain great value, with prices set at £5 for juniors aged 6-15, free for children five and under, and adults starting from £18.