Phoenix Edge Superchargers To Keep Unbeaten Streak Alive

Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Phoenix edge Superchargers to keep unbeaten streak alive. Superchargers fell five short of Phoenix's score of 153 despite breezy knocks from Healy, Wolvaardt and Armitage

Phoenix Edge Superchargers To Keep Unbeaten Streak AliveSuperchargers fell five short of Phoenix's score of 153 despite breezy knocks from Healy, Wolvaardt and Armitage

Sophie Molineux delivered key contributions with both bat and ball as Birmingham Phoenix made it three wins from three to start the 2022 season of the Women’s Hundred with a five-run defeat of the Northern Superchargers.

First with the bat, Molineux clubbed a useful 13-ball 24 at the death to power Phoenix to 153. She then inflicted massive blows on the Superchargers line-up in the chase by dismissing Laura Wolvaardt and Alyssa Healy to seal her side’s victory.

Phoenix, who were put in to bat, made all of the early running in this contest with Sophie Devine racing away to a fast start. Her opening partner Evelyn Jones played second fiddle even in the second-wicket stand that was spearheaded by Amy Jones’ breezy innings.

At the end of 66 deliveries, Phoenix had 104 on the board. But Davidson Richards’ double strike to send back both the set batters within a space of six balls allowed Superchargers to come back in the contest. The Phoenix, though, still had a couple of aces up their sleeves in the form of the Australian pair of Ellyse Perry and Molineux, who added 40 off just 25 balls. Molineux faced 13 off those deliveries in which she hit two fours and a six and struck at a strike-rate of 184.62.

The late flourish meant left the Superchargers with a target more than they’d envisioned to be chasing. They were also without Jemimah Rodrigues, who was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with a hand injury ahead of the game.

In Alyssa Healy, however, they had the modern game’s best batter and the Australian lived up to her big reputation by hitting seven fours and a six in a 28-ball knock for 46 before being stumped off compatriot Molineux. Unfortunately, Gaby Lewis couldn’t match Healy’s dynamism from the other end and her 19-ball 16 meant the Superchargers were 69/2 after 48 balls.

Wolvaardt and captain Armitage kept the Superchargers hopes alive with a breezy partnership and even brought the equation down to 20 off 8 after the former clubbed a six off Molineux. She was, however, dismissed off the very next ball. Armitage followed four balls later and despite Jenny Gunn striking two fours from the four balls she did get to face, the Superchargers fell short of the target.

Brief scores: Birmingham Phoenix Women 153/4 in 100 balls (Amy Jones 48, Sophie Molineux 24; Davidson Richards 3-30) beat Northern Superchargers Women 148/5 in 100 balls (Alyssa Healy 46; Sophie Molineux 2-11) by five runs

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