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Will Smeed becomes first batter to hit ton in Hundred during Birmingham win

Will Smeed struck a ton for Birmingham (Zac Goodwin/PA)
Will Smeed struck a ton for Birmingham (Zac Goodwin/PA)

Will Smeed hit the first century in The Hundred as Birmingham Phoenix thrashed reigning champions Southern Brave by 53 runs at Edgbaston.

On NHS Heroes Night in Birmingham, with workers and support staff invited along as a thank you for their brilliant work, a 14,000 crowd was royally entertained as Smeed blazed an unbeaten 101 off 50 balls to lift his side to 176 for four.

The Brave replied with a paltry 123 all out as Henry Brookes enjoyed a dream debut on the ground he has always called home.

He took five for 25 and two excellent catches as Phoenix banked their first victory of the campaign and handed James Vince’s side their first defeat in nine matches.