Opener Paul Stirling’s scintillating innings helped Southern Braves beat Birmingham Phoenix by 32 runs to win the first season of The Hundred Men’s title. Batting first in the final match played on Saturday, Southern Brave scored 168 runs for the loss of 5 in 100 balls. In reply, Phoenix could only score 136 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. Sterling was named Player of the Match, while Liam Livingstone was named Player of the Tournament.
Birmingham Phoenix captain Moeen Ali won the toss and elected to bowl. Southern Brave did not start well. The team got its first blow for 15 runs. Opener Quinton de Kock got out after scoring 7 runs. After this James Vince also could not do anything special and got out after scoring 4. Then the team’s score was 35 runs. Paul Sterling then stitched a 50-run partnership with Alex Davis. The third blow to the team came in the form of Starling. He was dismissed for 61 runs with the help of 6 sixes and two fours.
Adam Milne took 2 wickets
The fourth blow to the team was in the form of team David on 103 runs. He scored 15 runs. At the same time, Alex Davis was dismissed for 27 runs on the score of 145. Ras Vitali also played a stormy innings from Brave’s side. He remained unbeaten on 44 off 19 balls hitting 4 fours and 4 sixes. At the same time, Chris Jordan also remained unbeaten on 5 runs. For Birmingham Phoenix, Adam Milne took 2 wickets, apart from Imran Tahir, Benny Howell and Liam Livingstone took 1-1 wickets.
Chasing the target of 169 runs, Birmingham Phoenix’s team had a very poor start. David Bedingham is out for a duck. The team’s account was also open at that time. The second blow came for 14 runs. Will Smed was out after scoring 2 runs. Captain Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone then shared a 56-run partnership. Liam Livingstone got out after scoring 46 runs. Then the team’s score was 70 runs. After this, Miles Hammond was dismissed after scoring 3 runs on the score of 83. Moeen Ali returned to the pavilion on the score of 97. He played an innings of 36 runs. Chris Benjamin remained unbeaten on 23 and Benny Howell on 20. For Southern Brave, George Garten, Craig Overton, Tymal Mills and Jake Lintot took 1-1 wickets.