The Hundred: Moeen Ali stars as Birmingham Phoenix beat Oval Invincibles to go prime

The Hundred: Moeen Ali stars as Birmingham Phoenix beat Oval Invincibles to go top


The Hundred, Edgbaston
Oval Invincibles 172-3 (100 balls): Ingram 81* (43), Roy 38 (22)
Birmingham Phoenix 173-4 (94 balls): Moeen 49 (26), Smeed 45 (28)
Birmingham Phoenix win by six wickets
Scorecard. Table.

Moeen Ali propelled Birmingham Phoenix to victory in a record chase against Oval Invincibles in the men’s Hundred at Edgbaston.

Needing 173 to win, the highest chase of the tournament so far, Moeen hit a fierce 49 from 26 balls to send his side top of the table.

The Birmingham captain swung the game in his side’s favour by hitting three consecutive sixes – two off his England team-mate Tom Curran – to delight the home crowd.

That home support was silenced when Moeen fell with 35 needed from 29 balls but rookie Chris Benjamin – the 22-year-old who only made his professional debut last month – carried the Phoenix to victory with 37 not out.

In the end they won by six wickets with six balls to spare – a relatively…