Trent Rockets vs Birmingham Phoenix, 4th Match
Trent Rockets won by 6 wkts
Trent Rockets used home conditions to great advantage. Wasn't quite a gripping game, but credit to the Rockets for making it look simple. All eight teams have played its first game of the season. Action shifts to Cardiff tomorrow for Welsh Fire v Oval Invincibles. Join us at 14:00 local match time for the action. Goodnight!
Alex Hales, Player of the Match: The pitch was on the slower side. Munro was playing xi well, so I gave him the strike initially and took my match time to get set. The pitch was on the tricky side and the ground had small boundaries so it was difficult to defend. The crowd was fantastic, nice to see its happy faces. We got off to a great start with a couple of boundaries by Malan. It's brilliant to have Root around. He scored boundaries and kept rotating the strike.
Lewis Gregory | Trent Rockets captain : Brilliant performance from the team. Samit is always in your ear wanting to get the ball (smiles). We wanted to keep him away from Moeen. When he (Samit) got going he was outstanding. Wherever Hales goes he scores runs and wins games. This is a great competition, great to see full houses. Fans have been great, long may this continue. Root is gold! Whatever format, colour of the ball, he scores runs. We have got a brilliant bunch of lads. We are off to Leeds on Tuesday, finding ahead to playing xi again.
17:00 Local Time, 16:00 GMT, 21:30 IST: Trent Rockets are off to a winning start this season. The target wasn't big, so they paced its chase so well to set a solid base and then go for the kill at the end. Birmingham did get Malan early, but Hales and Munro held fort with the latter being the aggressor in the powerplay. Hales teed off comes the end and got his fifty. Joe Root just did his usual thing, of keeping the scoreboard ticking. In the end, a commanding, easy win for the Trent Rockets.
97 Helm to Gregory, 4 , slower delivery and thumped down the ground past the non-striker and they don't bother running. Home crowd in loud cheer as its captain pumps his fist for getting a clinical win
96 Helm to Root, leg byes, 1 run, full and angling in, Root misses the flick, the ball rolls to point off the pad, Gregory again steals a quick single. Scores level
Mo and the bowler have a chat, Helm will continue the next set of 5 balls.
95 Helm to Gregory, 1 run, slower delivery on the leg stump, Gregory knocks it in front of short mid-wicket and steals a run
95 Helm to Gregory, wide , short of length delivery down leg, Gregory misses the glance
Lewis Gregory, right handed bat, comes to the crease
4 needed off 6 balls
94 Helm to Kohler-Cadmore, out Caught by Benjamin!! Edged and gone. Slower delivery, Kohler-Cadmore advances and looks to loft, thick edge and the keeper dives ahead to take a good catch. Do we have a twist? Kohler-Cadmore c Benjamin b Helm 0(2)
Helm to Kohler-Cadmore, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
93 Helm to Kohler-Cadmore, no run, fullish delivery, Kohler-Cadmore pushes comes the left of the bowler
Tom Kohler-Cadmore, right handed bat, comes to the crease
92 Helm to Hales, out Caught&Bowled!! That's some height for a caught and bowled. Helm has indeed caught a Rocket, uite literally. So this was a slower delivery dished out, Hales cleared his front leg out and went for a might swing, toe-ended that really high. So high that the bowler and mid-wicket fielder were standing there and debating about the catch. The bowler finally goes for it and holds on. Hales walks off to a great ovation. Hales c and b Helm 58(41) [4s-5 6s-2]
Helm to Hales, THATS OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!
91 Helm to Root, 1 run, knocked away behind square
90 Benny Howell to Hales, 2 runs, sliced this high in the air as the bat turns in his hands to this slower delivery, long-off can't get there in match time running ahead and to his left
89 Benny Howell to Root, 1 run, shortish delivery, Root mistimes the pull to deep mid-wicket