England’s Moeen Ali hits the vital 40 as Birmingham Phoenix takes four wicket wins against London Spirit

England all-rounder Moeen Ali hits vital 40 before Chris Benjamin sees Birmingham Phoenix home to four-wicket win in Edgbaston after Zak Crawley’s half-century for London Spirit

  • Zak Crawley opened for London Spirit and made an assertive 64 from 39 balls
  • Joe Denly made an essential cameo of 25, but Eoin Morgan and Dan Lawrence struggled
  • Liam Livingstone hit 19 in Birmingham Phoenix’s response to their home ground
  • Moeen Ali hit a well made 40 before Chris Benjamin finished the job at the end einde

A nice bloom from Chris Benjamin helped Birmingham Phoenix cross the line against Eoin Morgan’s London Spirit.

Benjamin hit two sixes in the last 15 deliveries to take the game to the last five, leaving Adam Milne to finish the game with three balls left.

Previously, Benny Howell’s cunning average pace hampered Spirit’s top order, snagging England captain Morgan cheaply on long-on and Joe Denly being tricked by Moeen Ali for 25.

Moeen Ali hit a crucial 40 runs as Birmingham Phoenix defeated London Spirit in Edgbaston

The hosts were seen at home by Chris Benjamin who hit a fantastic cameo of 24 from 15 balls

The hosts were seen at home by Chris Benjamin who hit a fantastic cameo of 24 from 15 balls

Liam Livingstone threatened to continue his form in England before leaving for 19 runs

Liam Livingstone threatened to continue his form in England before leaving for 19 runs

Zak Crawley led off and made a superb 64 in the innings of London Spirit at Edgbaston

Zak Crawley led off and made a superb 64 in the innings of London Spirit at Edgbaston

Only Crawley went between the star-studded battle line, making 64 from 40 balls, including eight boundaries. It helped his side creep to a par 144.

In pursuit of Phoenix, two early wickets saw captain Moeen and Liam Livingstone step into the fold.

The England colleagues cracked the ball to both sides of the wicket and looked good until Livingstone was caught on Cullen on a fine leg.

Ali soon fell under Ravi Bopara’s excellent footwork while bowling by Roelof van der Merwe, and a collapse ensued before Benjamin picked up the baton to take his side home.

Joe Denly hit an essential 25 cameo before being caught by Benny Howell's Ali (center)

Joe Denly hit an essential 25 cameo before being caught by Benny Howell’s Ali (center)

However, England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan only made 13 before being caught

However, England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan only made 13 before being caught

Tom Helm was one of the wickets for Birmingham, while Howell and Adam Milne also took scalps

Tom Helm was one of the wickets for Birmingham, while Howell and Adam Milne also took scalps

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