|Men’s Hundred, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff|
|London Spirit 163-5 (100 balls): Inglis 72 (45), Cracknell 35 (24); Higgins 3-21|
|Welsh Fire 165-7 (98 balls): Phillips 80 (35), Cobb 28 * (15); Wheal 3-30|
|Welsh Fire won with three wickets|
Welsh Fire ended the men’s Hundred by beating London Spirit in Cardiff in a gripping final game of the group stage.
Glenn Phillips hit a stormy 80 of 35 balls when Fire chased an imposing 164 with two balls in front of him.
Josh Inglis had previously smashed 72 of 45 balls for Spirit in a fight between the two worst-placed teams in the competition.
Welsh Fire got off to the worst start, falling to 2-2 and then 20-3 before Phillips’ fireworks.
The New Zealander looked good at one point to become the first player to score a hundred goals in The Hundred.
It took Qais Ahmad seven runs out of the last five deliveries and hit consecutive limits to see his team home.
Eoin Morgan’s Spirit ended the group stage tournament with just one win from eight games, with Welsh Fire one place above in seventh place.
Phillips on Fire, but the wait for The Hundred’s first hundred continues
Phillips hit five fours and seven sixs, and scored 62 of his 80 runs on the leg side
Before the tournament, Manchester Originals all-rounder and BBC cricket expert Carlos Brathwaite selected Phillips as his Player to watch in the hundred.
Today we saw exactly why.
From the moment he walked to the crease, Phillips had one thing in mind – boundaries and many of them.
The Cardiff crowd was duly entertained with 62 of his runs of fours and sixes.
Fire fans – and maybe even the neutrals – were eager for Phillips to score a century and put his name in the record books.
But when Phillips was caught on the deep square-leg line with the fourth highest score in the men’s competition, a chorus of sighs echoed through Sophie Gardens.
Waiting for the first player to hit three digits in the hundred continues.
Will it happen for both men and women in a total of four remaining games this year?
Inglis shines, but Spirit claims unwanted wooden spin
Before the last game of the group stage, both teams had only two things to offer: pride and not least.
Without the added pressure of needing points or fighting for qualification, Spirit played his part in a wonderful match with Inglis at the top.
His stroke spanned seven boundaries and three sixes as the Leeds-born Australian hit the ball all over the ground.
But Spirit ended their Hundred campaign with the undesirable figurative wooden spoon.
With legend of the game Shane Warne as head coach, world champion skipper Eoin Morgan and a mix of seasoned local players and international stars, you will be disappointed with your performance in the competition.