1) Southern Brave vs Birmingham Phoenix
It was a hard-fought contest between the Southern Brave and the Birmingham Phoenix, with the former eventually coming out on top by a narrow margin.
The Brave started strongly, with openers Sam Billings and Daniel Bell-Drummond putting on a good partnership at the top of the innings. Bell-Drummond in particular was in fine form, scoring boundaries all around the park.
The Phoenix bowlers fought back well, however, with Chris Woakes and Liam Livingstone both picking up a couple of wickets each. This brought the Birmingham side back into the game, and they eventually managed to restrict the Brave to a total of just under 200.
In reply, the Phoenix got off to a good start, with Jacques Rudolph and Adam Hose both scoring boundaries early on. However, the Brave bowlers fought back well, with Chris Jordan and Sam Curran both picking up a couple of wickets each.
This left the Phoenix needing around 10 an over in the final few overs, which proved to be too much for them. The Brave eventually won the game by just 7 runs, with Sam Curran being named the man of the match for his excellent bowling performance.
2) Southern Brave’s Clinical Display
The 2 Southern Braves Clinical Display in the match against Birmingham Phoenix on the 12th of November was quite a show! The way they batted, bowled, and fielded was quite clinical and they showed great composure throughout the match.
Their performance with the ball was top-class, with Tahir bowling a great spell and picking up 4 wickets. He was ably supported by Ngidi who picked up 2 wickets. The Southern Brave bowlers were relentless in their attack and didn’t give the Birmingham batsmen any room to score.
The batting was led by de Kock who scored a brilliant century. He was well supported by du Plessis who scored a half-century. The two of them put on a great partnership of over 150 runs and took the game away from Birmingham.
The fielding was also very good, with some great catches being taken. Overall, it was a very complete performance from the Southern Braves and they deservedly won the match.
3) Birmingham Phoenix Fights Back
The Birmingham Phoenix were dealt a difficult hand to start their inaugural season in the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League. They were dealt an even more difficult hand when their first game was abandoned due to rain. But, they finally got their chance to take to the field against the Southern Brave in game two of the season, and they did not disappoint.
The Phoenix started the game well, with openers Hayley Matthews and skipper Suzie Bates putting on a strong opening partnership. The pair brought up their 50-run standoff with just 34 balls, with Matthews doing the majority of the scoring. The Brave bowlers eventually managed to make the breakthrough, with Matthews falling for a well-made 37 off 31 balls.
Bates and Chloe Tryon then took the Phoenix past the 100-run mark, before Tryon was dismissed for 17. Bates continued to lead from the front, however, and she brought up her half-century off just 37 balls. The Phoenix lost a few quick wickets towards the end of their innings, but they still managed to post a competitive total of 158/6 from their 20 overs.
In reply, the Brave got off to a solid start, with openers Alyssa Healy and skipper Rachel Haynes putting on a 50-run stand. The pair looked in complete control before Haynes was dismissed for a well-made 37. Healy continued to anchor the Brave innings, but she was dismissed in the 16th over for a brilliant 73.
From there, the Brave struggled to keep up with the required run rate, and they eventually finished on 144/6 from their 20 overs. The Phoenix bowlers were led by leg-spinner Kirstie Gordon, who finished with figures of 2/22 from her four overs.
The Birmingham Phoenix will be pleased with their performance in this game, especially after the disappointment of their first game being abandoned. They will now look to build on this performance and push for a place in the semi-finals.
4) Southern Brave Overcomes Birmingham Phoenix
The Southern Brave overcame the Birmingham Phoenix by 3 wickets in a thrilling encounter at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.
The Phoenix had posted a competitive total of 164/6 in their 20 overs, with Sam Hain top-scoring with a run-a-ball 53. The Brave were in trouble early on, losing wickets regularly, but a fighting unbeaten half-century from captain Michael Klinger saw them home with 2 balls to spare.
It was a much-needed win for the Brave, who had lost their previous 3 games and will give them confidence going into the rest of the tournament.
Klinger was the star of the show for the Brave, finishing on 59* off 45 balls, including 4 fours and 2 sixes. He was ably supported by Daniel Worrall, who made an unbeaten 39 off 29 balls, as the pair put on an unbeaten partnership of 96 runs for the 7th wicket.
For the Phoenix, it was a disappointing result, especially after their strong start to the tournament. They will need to regroup and come back stronger in their next game.
5) Southern Brave Proves Their Mettle
The Southern Brave proved their mettle in their first match of the season against the Birmingham Phoenix. The match was a close one, with the Brave winning by just four runs.
It was a tough start to the season for the Brave, who lost their opening batsman cheaply. However, they fought back with a strong second-wicket partnership between skipper Brad Haddin and Daniel Hughes. The pair put on 97 runs for the second wicket, with Haddin scoring a patient 50 off 61 balls.
The Brave were in a strong position at 2-97, but they lost their way in the middle overs, losing four wickets for just 31 runs. This brought the Phoenix back into the game, and they eventually restricted the Brave to just 9-241 from their 50 overs.
The Phoenix started their chase poorly, losing both openers cheaply. However, they were given a lifeline by a strong partnership between Sam Hain and Adam Hose. The pair put on 103 runs for the third wicket, with Hain scoring a brilliant century.
The Phoenix were in a strong position at 3-103, but they collapsed in the middle overs, losing seven wickets for just 40 runs. This brought the Brave back into the game, and they eventually restricted the Phoenix to just 9-203 from their 50 overs.
It was a close match, but the Brave showed their fighting spirit to come out on top. They will need to continue this fighting spirit if they are to be successful in the tournament.