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Liam Livingstone named The Hundred MVP after stunning exploits with bat and ball

Liam Livingstone hit a monster 27 sixes during The Hundred for Birmingham Phoenix

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England star Liam Livingstone has been named the MVP of the men’s Hundred after his impressive performances with both bat and ball for Birmingham Phoenix.

In nine innings for the Phoenix, Livingstone hit 27 sixes and scored 348 runs at an average of 58 and a strike rate of 178.46.

He also picked up five wickets at an average of 22.40 with his leg spin.

In the final, Livingstone threatened to almost single-handedly win the game for the Phoenix.

He bludgeoned 46 off just 19 balls and it took some outstanding fielding from Tim David to bring his innings to an end.



Liam Livingstone has been named MVP of the men’s Hundred, after starring for Birmingham Phoenix
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After slicing a ball that was almost caught at deep cover, Livingstone paid the price for some lazy running and was run out by David with a direct hit from the boundary edge.

Livingstone’s dismissal virtually ended the Phoenix’s chances of winning the final and Southern Brave were able to close out the innings to win the game by 32 runs.

Despite coming up short to the Brave in the final, Livingstone has had an excellent tournament and has been delighted with his own personal form.



Livingstone was at his destructive best in the final, smashing 46 off 19 balls before he was brilliantly run out by Tim David
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Speaking to Sky Sports, Livingstone said: “We’ve played some good cricket over the tournament and we were ultimately beaten by a better team on the day and that can happen in cricket.

“I think it’s been years of hard work, travelling around the world to get better at my own game and play in different franchise tournaments. It’s great to have our own one here.

“I’ve really enjoyed this tournament and hopefully we’ve entertained some crowds. As we’ve seen the crowds have certainly come in and watched cricket which is ultimately what we wanted to do.









“It’s been brilliant. We didn’t know what to expect at the start of the tournament and as it’s gone on it’s got stronger and stronger. Selling out grounds has shown that people are interested in this.

“Hopefully we’re inspiring kids to get into cricket and hopefully the next generation are really going to enjoy playing cricket growing up.

“I’ve really enjoyed playing for Birmingham Phoenix, we’ve had a great environment and a great set of lads but, ultimately, we were beaten by the better team on the day.”




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