Recent Match Report – Rockets vs Phoenix 25th Match 2023

Recent Match Report – Rockets vs Phoenix 25th Match 2023

Phoenix eliminated as Rockets keep title defence alive

Spinners, Sams strangle middle order as Phoenix run chase falls flat

ECB Reporters Network

19-Aug-2023 • 10 hrs ago

Matt Carter and Ish Sodhi squeezed Birmingham Phoenix  •  ECB/Getty Images

Trent Rockets 162 for 6 (Munro 34, Hain 30) beat Birmingham Phoenix 116 for 9 (Smith 38, Sams 3-17) by 46 runs

Trent Rockets boost their own title defence and eliminated Birmingham Phoenix, thumping them by 46 runs in the final Hundred Men’s match of the season at Trent Bridge, watched by a record crowd of 15,551.

Offspinner Matt Carter (2 for 15) and Australia allrounder Daniel Sams (3 for 17) stood out with the ball as Phoenix could muster only 116 for 9 despite 38 off 22 balls from Jamie Smith in response to Rockets’ 162 for 6, to which Colin Munro (34 off 17), Sam Hain (30 off 21) and Alex Hales (27 off 14) were the key contributors.

The result puts Rockets on seven points, level with Southern Brave and Manchester Originals behind leaders Oval Invincibles on nine but having played a game more. Brave play Invincibles later on Saturday before they face off against Originals in Manchester next Wednesday – after Rockets wrap up away to Invincibles on Monday.