Twitter Reactions: Gordon, Burns, Arlott keep Birmingham Phoenix’s playoff hopes alive

Burns became the Player of the Match for her 26-ball 38 in the Phoenix's run-chase.

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Erin Burns. (Photo by Nathan Stirk – ECB/ECB via Getty Images)

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Birmingham Phoenix found themselves in trouble prior to their match against Trent Rockets on Friday in the Women’s Hundred. A loss would have seen them getting eliminated from the tournament. However, the team, captained by Amy Jones, won the match by three wickets and kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs. The Rockets, meanwhile, are placed fourth.

Gordon shine for the Phoenix

After being put in to bat first, the Rockets got off to a flier. Sammy-Jo Johnson and Rachel Priest stitched together a 34-run stand for the opening wicket off 16 balls. However, after Georgia Elwiss got rid of Priest, the home team lost quite a bit of momentum. In the 35th ball, Erin Burns castled Priest for 20. Natalie Sciver was unlucky as she got run out after looking settled at a run-a-ball 17.

Katherine Brunt was promoted up the order, but the move faltered as Kirstie Gordon castled her. Heather Graham and Abigail Freeborn scored 26 and 30 respectively and brought the Rockets back into the game. But Gordon ended both their stays in the middle. She also got support from Isy Wong Emily Arlott, Elwiss and Burns In the end, the Rockets managed to rack up 125 runs on the board.

Arlott and Burns step on the gas

Shafali Verma started the Phoenix’s run-chase with three fours, but a slower delivery from Brunt accounted for her dismissal. Evelyn Jones, Amy Jones and Katie Mack couldn’t contribute much either. Gwenen Davies and Isy Wong perished in quick succession as the Phoenix were reduced to 71 for six with 54 runs off 42 balls. From there on, Burns and Arlott took charge of the visiting team.

The duo put forth a partnership of 48 runs for the seventh wicket to keep the Phoenix in the hunt. Burns scored 38 off 26 with six fours before Johnson sent her back. However, the latter dropped Arlott’s catch that turned out to be costly. Arlott made them pay as she stayed not out on 22 off 14 with four fours. For the Phoenix, misfields didn’t help either as one of them went for a four.

Here’s how the netizens reacted to Birmingham Phoenix’s win at Trent Bridge