Glenn Phillips helps Welsh Fire avoid wooden spoon


Welsh Fire and London Spirit put on a show on Wednesday (August 19) in their bid to avoid the wooden spoon in Cardiff with the home side scraping through following a tight three-wicket win. Following the result, Spirit finished bottom of the table in the inaugural edition of The Hundred with six defeats.

They did make a bright start with the bat as Josh Inglis went on a rampage in a 40-run opening partnership. Adam Rossington’s wicket didn’t deter the Australian as he continued to make merry alongside Joe Cracknell. The two added 63 for the second wicket before Ryan Higgins picked up the first of his three wickets. Eoin Morgan chipped in with a valuable 12-ball 25 and Inglis almost batted through the innings making a 45-ball 72 as Spirit finished with a strong 163 on the board.

They also made the best possible start with the ball by getting rid of both the opposition openers for ducks. Blake Cullen sent both Tom Banton and David Lloyd back to the pavilion in the first five deliveries and Bradley Wheal castled Ben Duckett soon after to leave Fire reeling at 20/3. However, Glenn Phillips turned the tables immediately with a counterattacking effort to revive the chase.