An exceptional all-around performance from David Wiese and a half-century rapid firework display from Adam Lyth helped Northern Superchargers equal the Birmingham Phoenix Men’s unbeaten home record to a packed house in Edgbaston.
Wiese smashed 34 of just 14 balls, including four sixes, to propel the visitors to a solid total of 169 for six shots. The Namibia international then claimed exceptional numbers of three for 15 as the Phoenix fell 33 runs short.
Opener Lyth had previously created a platform for Wiese’s attack, shattering half a century with an exciting 26-ball, while Adam Hose added an unbeaten 53 to send Superchargers to a flyer and silence a record 21,014 crowd.
The Phoenix hunt faltered as the engine room of Will Smeed, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone and Matthew Wade all fell cheaply in the first 50 deliveries of their response.
It was likely an uphill battle to defend their spotless home streak from that point, and as it turned out Wiese and Lyth’s efforts were enough to see the Superchargers become the first male away team to do so since inception won by The Hundred at Edgbaston.
Yorkshireman Lyth wasted little time getting started. After a quiet opening set bowled by Moeen, the former England Test opener swung Australian seaman Kane Richardson for three straight boundaries.
No bowler seemed safe. Livingstone’s first two shipments were both shipped identically for four, while even one of the competitor’s form bowlers, Benny Howell, was tucked into the Hollies booth for a maximum.
It got a bit trickier for the superchargers.
Moeen’s return to attack brought chants of “Super Moeen Ali” from across Edgbaston and the all-rounder immediately used his magic to clear Bowl Lyth.
Dangerman Harry Brook went for just three not long after thanks to a grab at the backpoint from Imran Tahir before David Willey and John Simpson both fell into single digits in quick succession and Superchargers faltered somewhat at 99 for five.
Hose and Wiese rebounded strongly, however, and in short order put up 47 for the sixth wicket.
The latter hit four distinctive hammer blows down the rope before falling victim to Richardson’s ruse. A late flurry from Hose earned him a 32-ball half-century in the last set of the Superchargers innings and helped his side lead Phoenix 170 to victory.
In response, Phoenix openers Smeed and Miles Hammond flew off the blocks to go on a 44-of-20 power play. But when the competition’s first-ever centurion holed for 15 against Faf du Plessis, it sparked a meltdown.
First Livingstone chose five, then Moeen chose one. Adil Rashid outpaced Wade shortly after and from that point on the result felt like a foregone conclusion.
Two Superchargers bowlers – Wiese and Rashid – finished the day at economy rates below one per ball, conceding just two boundaries between them from their 40 deliveries to choke a Phoenix team built around the ropes regularly to vacate.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/moeen-ali-namibia-matthew-wade-edgbaston-liam-livingstone-b2148926.html David Wiese and Adam Lyth end Birmingham Phoenix’s unbeaten home record