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Emily Arlott three-for sets up Phoenix, Amy Jones-Ellyse Perry stand brings them home

Birmingham Phoenix 117 for two (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 victory over Trent Rockets at Edgbaston after an astonishing collapse from the guests noticed them slip from 70 for 1 to a sub-par complete of 116 for 9.

Emily Arlott was the decide of the bowlers, claiming 3 for 19 together with the important thing scalp of captain Nat Sciver, and was ably supported by Georgia Elwiss and Sophie Molineux, who picked up two wickets apiece for the house facet.

Rockets by no means actually appeared as if they’d a solution for the Phoenix’s all-round bowling brilliance, with all bar three batters failing to put up double-digit scores.

Phoenix then cantered house with the bat in reply, Amy Jones and Ellyse Perry posting an unbeaten 44 and 39 respectively to safe an undefeated begin to the season for Phoenix.

Rockets initially struggled to search out any type of momentum of their innings. Molineux’s first set of 10 deliveries value her simply six runs contained in the powerplay, and included the wicket of Bryony Smith for 1, leaving the guests teetering at 1 for 1.

Sciver, making her first Hundred look of 2022, and Elyse Villani had been then capable of construct a stable basis, taking the Rockets as much as 70 for 1 because of their half-century partnership. It was a partnership of stability moderately than intent, nonetheless, and when Villani holed out to Perry at lengthy on off the bowling of Elwiss, it signalled the beginning of a depressing collapse for the away facet.

Sciver departed not lengthy after for an uncharacteristically quiet run-a-ball 31, earlier than abroad star Mignon du Preez hooked an Issy Wong quick ball straight into the palms of Gwen Davies for simply 2. Solely Kathryn Bryce, Rockets’ No. 10, may register double digits because the guests crumbled to an beneath par 116 for 9.

Phoenix did not precisely get off to a flyer in reply, however then they’d no must with such a low complete to chase. Sophie Devine holed out trying to line up Sciver and departed for 16, whereas Eve Jones went for 11 not lengthy after, however from then on it was plain crusing. No actual dangers had been required, and Perry and Amy Jones had been capable of manipulate the sector and decide up singles for a lot of the center of the innings.

Amy Jones specifically appeared in nice contact, as she racked up her 44 off 32 deliveries. A succession of wonderful pictures off England’s Sarah Glenn flew off the bat and over the boundary rope for 4 to convey her facet inside touching distance of victory. The second, a reverse-paddle previous level, stood out as a second of brilliance in a largely jeopardy-free chase, as she and Perry accelerated on the demise to see them over the road with 9 balls to spare.

Not even final week’s hat-trick hero Alana King may present sufficient magic stardust to efficiently defend the overall the Rockets had posted earlier. Glenn and Katherine Brunt, too, had been unable to search out that every one necessary breakthrough, and each completed wicketless because the Phoenix merely proved an excessive amount of to deal with.

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