The Hundred Final I paul stirling and ross whiteley shines as southern brave beat birmingham phoenix to become 1st champion of the Hundred I Southern Brave vs Birmingham Phoenix I The Hundred Final I
Southern Brave became the first champion of the Hundred  |  Photo Credits: Twitter
- The final of The Hundred was played between Southern Braves and Birmingham Phoenix
- Southern Brave beat Birmingham Phoenix by 32 runs to win the title
- Southern Brave opener Paul Sterling was named player of the match
London: Southern Brave has become the first champion of the Hundred, thanks to fine innings from Ireland batsman Paul Stirling (61) and Ros Vitaly (44*). The final match of The Hundred was played between the Southern Braves and the Birmingham Phoenix at Lord’s on Saturday. Phoenix captain Moeen Ali won the toss and elected to field first.
Southern Brave scored 168 runs in 100 balls for the loss of 5 wickets, thanks to the innings of Sterling and Vitaly. In reply, Birmingham Phoenix’s team could only manage 136 runs for 5 wickets in 100 balls.
In this way, Brave won the match and title by 32 runs. Ireland batsman Paul Stirling was adjudged the player of the match for his outstanding innings in the final. Sterling scored 61 runs in 36 balls with the help of two fours and 6 sixes.
Ali-Livingstone’s innings didn’t work
Chasing the huge target of 169 runs, Birmingham Phoenix started very poorly. Garten did not even allow David Bedingham to open the account and was caught out by David. Soon Overton gave a second blow to the Phoenix by getting Will Smed (2) caught at the hands of Davis. After two wickets fell for 14 runs, Phoenix was handled by captain Moeen Ali (36) and Liam Livingstone (46).
Both of them shared a 56-run partnership for the third wicket. This partnership was broken by the runout of Livinstone. Then Miles Hammond was caught by Tymal Mills at the hands of Garten. Soon Birmingham Phoenix was out of the match and could only score 136 runs in 100 balls. For Southern Braves, George Garten, Craig Overton, Tymal Mills and Jacques Lynnt took one wicket each.
Earlier, Southern Brave got off to a great start by Irish batsman Paul Sterling (61). Quinton de Kock (7) and captain James Vince (4) were dismissed in front of him, but it did not affect the Irish batsman. He played his shots openly and stunned the Phoenix bowlers. Sterling got good support from Alex Davis (27). Both added 50 runs for the third wicket.
Howell broke this partnership by getting Sterling caught by wicketkeeper Benjamin. Stirlin lashed out for sixes. He hit 2 fours and 6 sixes during his innings of 36 balls. Davis and Tim David (15) were dismissed.
In the end, Ross Vitaly robbed the crowd and scored 44 not out in just 19 balls with the help of four fours and four sixes. With him, Chris Jordan remained frozen by scoring 5 *. For Phoenix, MD Milne took the maximum two wickets. Imran Tahir, Benny Howell and Liam Livingstone got one success each.
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