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03-Aug-2023 • 11 hrs ago
England allrounder Alice Davidson-Richards stole the show for Northern Superchargers as they beat Birmingham Phoenix by seven wickets to get their Hundred campaign off to the perfect start.
Davidson-Richards took three wickets for just 11 runs from her 20 balls as well as taking two catches and claiming a brilliant run-out in an excellent team display from Superchargers, as they restricted Birmingham Phoenix to a total of 110 for 8 off their 100 balls.
Australian Phoebe Litchfield top-scored for the home team with an unbeaten 42 as they eased their way to victory with 22 balls to spare with Marie Kelly also adding a valuable 24 at the top of the order.
The visitors had got off to a flying start with New Zealand veteran Sophie Devine hitting England's Kate Cross for two boundaries from her first set of five balls. But Superchargers quickly pulled things back with Cross claiming the wicket of Eve Jones for 10 before England wicketkeeper Amy Jones became Davidson-Richard's first victim when she holed out to Leah Dobson on the square leg boundary for 13.
Devine took centre stage throughout the Phoenix innings scoring an entertaining 46 runs off 36 balls before she was superbly run out by Davidson-Richards' direct hit from mid-off. The Phoenix middle-order failed to offer any meaningful support to Devine with Erin Burns, Tess Flintoff and Emily Arlott all falling cheaply with Georgia Wareham's caught-and-bowled dismissal of Burns a particular highlight.
The hosts were brilliant in the field with Phoenix reliant on late-order runs from Abigail Freeborn and Issy Wong to get them up over the 100 mark, Wong hitting a mighty six into the crowd at one point before she became Linsey Smith's one wicket.
Kelly and Jemimah Rodrigues gave Superchargers an ideal start with a partnership of 23 for the first wicket. Rodrigues' knock of 16 consisted of four boundaries before she was trapped in front by Wong.
Kelly was bowled reverse sweeping by Katie Levick for 24 but Litchfield quickly took charge of the innings as she steered Superchargers home with an unbeaten 42 off 29 balls including seven fours. But this was Davidson-Richards' day and she completed the win with a towering straight six off Hannah Baker to end an excellent showing by Superchargers.
Ciara Fearn is a Hundred Rising Reporter. The ECB and Cricket Writers' Club have partnered to provide young and aspiring journalists with the opportunity to report on the Hundred matches as part of the Hundred Rising programme this summer
Alice Davidson-Richards stars as Superchargers brush past Phoenix
Phoebe Litchfield scores unbeaten 42 to see home side to victory in low-scorer