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LS-W vs BP-W: Spirit secures a close victory to devoid Phoenix of a playoff spot

image-l7gnulmkNaomi Dattani top-scored for Spirit (PC: Twitter)

London Spirit (LS) emerged victorious by four wickets against Birmingham Phoenix (BP) in Match 22 of the Women's Hundred Competition at Lord's. 

Following this result, Spirit avoided a wooden spoon, while Phoenix could not qualify for the playoffs of the tournament. 

Clinical bowling effort helps Spirit to restrict Phoenix

Opting to bowl first, the experienced pacer Megan Schutt sent the key batters Amy Jones (5) and Ellyse Perry (0) back to the hut.  

A couple of overs later, Sophie Devine was involved in an unfortunate run-out dismissal, which already meant Phoenix would fail to post a strong total on the board. 

Evelyn Jones (24) and Georgia Elwiss (14) displayed composure to help the team in finishing with a score of 82. Apart from Schutt, Amelia Kerr and Danielle Gibson scalped two wickets each for Spirit. 

Spirit hold their nerve to end the campaign on a high 

image-l7gnx0lcSpirit won by a close margin (PC: Twitter)

In response to an easy chase, Mooney (1) was run-out, while Sophie Molienux dismissed the in-form Gibson (0), which opened the floodgates for Phoenix. 

The likes of Amelia Kerr (0) and Charlotte Dean (6) could not bring their A-game as well. However, Naomi Dattani and Grace Scrivens were mature enough to steer the team at an asking rate. 

Dattani (28*) and Scrivens (26*) added an unbeaten 57 runs to help Spirit in securing a victory with three balls to spare. 

Emily Arlott was the pick of the bowlers for Phoenix with two scalps. 

Brief Scores: 

Birmingham Phoenix- 82/10 (92b)

Evelyn Jones 24 (30), Georgia Elwiss 14 (13);
Megan Schutt 2/14

London Spirit- 83/6 (97)

Naomi Dattani 28* (29), Grace Scrivens 26* (30);
Emily Arlott 2/9

Result: Spirit won by 4 wickets

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