This morning, Liam Livingstone reached the age where he could have started collecting his social security benefits. He’s also well on his way to living out his boyhood dream of becoming a professional footballer – he is a professional footballer – and today he scored his first goal for Birmingham City FC in a match that all but secured their place at the top of the Championship table.
Liam Livingstone is Birmingham Phoenix’s top-scorer, so it was only a matter of time before he reached 50 for the season. He scored twice in the first half, taking his tally to 25 in all competitions for the season. Livingstone is no stranger to success at this point in his career; he was the Championship Player of the Year last season for the Leigh Centurions, helping them to promotion under the guidance of coach Jimmy Lowes.
|Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Men’s Hundred|
|Livingstone (31), Hammond (38*), Cook 2-32; Birmingham Phoenix 166-6 (100 balls).|
|Mullaney 49 (33), Brown 3-27, Pennington 2-11; Trent Rockets 150-9 (100 balls).|
|The Birmingham Phoenix are victorious by 16 runs.|
After an easy victory against Trent Rockets at Trent Bridge, Birmingham Phoenix moved to the top of the men’s Hundred standings.
Phoenix scored 166-6 thanks to Liam Livingstone’s 50 off 30 balls and Miles Hammond’s quickfire 38 off 20.
As the Rockets were reduced to 28-3 in reply, debutant Dillon Pennington grabbed two wickets with 2-11 from 15 deliveries.
Steven Mullaney, who had previously dismissed Livingstone with a superb catch on the boundary, struck 49 from 33 deliveries to give his team a chance before falling to Pat Brown, the Phoenix seamer with 3-27.
The Phoenix Suns have surpassed the Southern Brave for first place, while the Rockets have remained in third place.
The Midlands derby is lit up by Livingstone.
We were delighted to The Hundred’s first team score of 200 on Thursday.
And for a little time, it seemed like we may be on our way to that milestone once again, with Phoenix leading 90-1 after 55 balls.
The Rockets may have pushed their opponents back, but Liam Livingstone’s match-winning knock was the deciding factor.
Some players flourish under duress, and Livingstone is one of them.
Livingstone did not crumble under the additional burden of leadership in the absence of Moeen Ali, who is playing for England in the second Test against India.
Livingstone always managed to locate the line, whether it was with a top edge or a forceful blow. He also becomes the second greatest run-scorer in the men’s Hundred with his knock, which featured three sixes and four fours.
However, as this run map demonstrates, he obviously favors one side over the other…
Livingstone batted on the leg side for 48 of his 50 runs.
Mullaney’s attempts were fruitless.
Mullaney did all he could in the field and at the plate to make Phoenix work hard for the victory.
It was going to take something extraordinary to put a stop to Livingstone’s innings, and Mullaney delivered when he made this incredible catch…
Mullaney took over when his side was in serious danger at 57-4 after Samit Patel was bowled by Imran Tahir (who, of course, gave us his usual crazy gallop around the field celebration), hitting three sixes and two fours.
Despite the defeat, Mullaney’s tenacity and spirit will inspire the Rockets.
Pennington had a memorable debut.
The Hundred is an ideal platform for young players to make their mark, and Dillon Pennington, 22, was one such cricketer who made his mark on the big stage.
The Shropshire-born seamer’s first victim was Alex Hales, one of the most explosive white-ball batsmen in domestic cricket, and his second was England’s Dawid Malan, the world’s top-ranked Twenty20 batter.
Pennington produced a superb line and length delivery that nicked Hale’s off stump.
He had Malan edging behind for a duck after two balls.
It wasn’t a terrible start to the competition…
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