Birmingham Phoenix captain Liam Livingstone’s sensational all-round show, together with a record-breaking unbeaten 92 off 40 balls, downed the Northern Superchargers and certified his aspect for the Hundred closing at Lord’s on Saturday.
The England limited-overs worldwide claimed three for 25 together with his different spin because the Superchargers misplaced eight wickets for 48 within the closing 46 balls of their innings, setting solely 144 on a great Emerald Headingley pitch.
Livingstone then got here in with the chase at six for one and blasted six sixes in his first 14 balls on the best way to a fifty off 20 balls – the quickest of the competitors. He additionally equalled Jemimah Rodrigues for the very best particular person rating in both the lads’s or girls’s competitions.
The Phoenix, winners by eight wickets with 26 balls to spare, high the group stage with six wins and face both Southern Courageous or Trent Rockets within the inaugural showpiece.
Livingstone’s tally of 10 sixes was additionally probably the most by a person batter within the Hundred.
The Superchargers’ 143 for eight was a curious innings.
After being inserted, they raced to 65 with out loss within the 25-ball powerplay earlier than subsiding.
New Zealand fast Adam Milne struck twice late on, nevertheless it was actually tempo off which did the trick as Livingstone, two-wicket medium pacer Benny Howell and wicketless Imran Tahir have been all miserly.
They shackled a Superchargers aspect enjoying just for satisfaction.
Issues had appeared good for the hosts early on.
Australian Chris Lynn viciously sliced a flat six over level off Milne, whereas Tom Kohler-Cadmore hit three sixes and two fours in Pat Brown’s set of 5 between the twentieth and twenty fifth balls.
He reached 50 off 24 earlier than falling run out off the final ball of the innings for 71.
Livingstone sparked the Phoenix revival by getting Lynn for 34 and opposing skipper David Willey in a 10-ball set – 103 for 2 after 59.
He later added the scalp of his Lancashire captain Dane Vilas.
Willey bowled Will Smeed for a duck 4 balls into the Phoenix chase.
However it mattered not as Livingstone as soon as once more lit up the bottom on which he famously cleared the Emerald Stand while batting for England in a T20 worldwide towards Pakistan final month.
Usually leg-side dominant, Livingstone took full toll on seam and spin. By the point he reached his half-century, together with seven sixes, Phoenix have been 74 for one after 35.
And so they weren’t about to repeat the sooner collapse of their opponents.
Livingstone shared a second-wicket partnership of 106 with New Zealand opener Finn Allen, whose 42 off 26 was dwarfed by his skipper.