Crawley backs Spirit to bounce back at Lord's

24 July 2021 20:44:29 GMTPlus10

Zak Crawley is hoping that London Spirit can make the most of home advantage after losing their first game in The Hundred against Birmingham Phoenix at Edgbaston.

The Spirit are 1213.00 to be crowned men's champions in the inaugural season of the 100-ball format while the Phoenix, who sealed a tense three-wicket win on Friday, are 1.90.

England batsman Crawley got to grips with the new format swiftly, scoring 64 from 40 balls to help London Spirit to a total of 144-6 from their 100 deliveries.

Adam Milne (2-18) and Benny Howell (2-25) were the pick of the Birmingham bowlers with New Zealand paceman Milne claiming a brilliant catch of his own bowling to dismiss the dangerous Ravi Bopara for 17.

It's definitely different to T20.

Zak Crawley

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England's Moeen Ali top-scored in the Phoenix run-chase, contributing 40 off 30 balls, but youngster Chris Benjamin proved to be the matchwinner, hitting two sixes in his unbeaten 24 off 15 balls to steer the hosts to victory.

London Spirit bid to bounce back with a home fixture against Oval Invincibles at Lord's on Sunday, while Birmingham Phoenix travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester Originals on the same day.

After receiving the man-of-the-match award on Friday, Crawley said: "It was a very good game of cricket and [it's] just disappointing that we came out on the wrong side of it. We have got four home games on the spin now. Playing at Edgbaston is never easy but we probably had our chances to win and didn't take them.

"It's definitely different to T20 and it takes a bit of getting used to but, at the end of the day, it's cricket and you've still got to play cricket shots and bowl all the same balls you would in T20."

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