Glenn Phillips stars as Welsh Fire wins final group match against London Spirit – .

Glenn Phillips stars as Welsh Fire wins final group match against London Spirit – .

Men’s Hundred, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
London Spirit 163-5 (100 balles) : Inglis 72 (45), Cracknell 35 (24) ; Higgins 3-21
Welsh Fire 165-7 (98 balles) : Phillips 80 (35), Cobb 28* (15) ; Baleine 3-30
Welsh Fire won by three wickets
Scorecard; Painting

Welsh Fire ended his Hundred campaign on a high note by beating London Spirit in Cardiff in a captivating group stage final match.

Glenn Phillips hit a total of 80 of 35 balls as Fire chased a massive 164 with two balls to spare.

In a battle between the two lowest-ranked teams in the competition, Josh Inglis had previously smashed 72 of 45 balls for Spirit.

Welsh Fire had the worst start possible, falling to 2-2 and then 20-3 before the Phillips fireworks display.

The New Zealander at one point looked well positioned to become the first player to score a hundred in The Hundred.

Needing seven points from the last five deliveries, Qais Ahmad has hit back-to-back limits to see his team at home.

Eoin Morgan’s Spirit ends the tournament at the bottom of the group stage with just one win in eight matches, Welsh Fire a place above in the seventh.

Phillips on Fire but the wait for the first hundred of The Hundred continues

Phillips hit five fours and seven sixes, scoring 62 of his 80 side-leg points

Ahead of the tournament, Carlos Brathwaite, a versatile Manchester Originals player and BBC Cricket expert, chose Phillips as his player to watch in La Cent.

Today we saw exactly why.

From the moment he walked to the crease, Phillips had only one thing in mind: limits, and a lot of them.

With 62 of its runs coming from four and six, the Cardiff crowd had a good time.

Fire fans – and maybe even neutrals – were eager for Phillips to mark a century and place his name in the record books.

But when Phillips was caught on the edge of the deep square leg, after scoring the fourth highest scoring in the men, a chorus of sighs echoed around Sophie Gardens.

The wait for the first player to reach three out of a hundred digits continues.

With a total of four games left for both men and women, will we see that happen this year?

Inglis shines but Spirit claims unwanted wooden spinning

Before the last match of the group stages, both teams had only two things to play: pride and not to finish last.

Without the added pressure of needing points or fighting for qualification, Spirit played his part in a wonderful game with Inglis in the lead.

His shot included seven limits and three sixes, as the Leeds-born Australian hit the ball into all sections of the pitch.

But Spirit ends its Hundred campaign with the unwanted figurative wooden spoon.

With gaming legend Shane Warne as head coach, World Cup winning skipper Eoin Morgan in charge and a mix of experienced domestic players and international stars, they will be disappointed with their performance in the competition.


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