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The Hundred 2023

Watch: Fi Morris takes fifth wicket in 16 balls to complete historic, record-breaking Hundred spell

Fi Morris
by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Watch: Fi Morris took the best figures recorded in either the men’s or women’s competitions in the Hundred today (August 7), claiming five wickets in just 16 balls.

Manchester Originals tore through Birmingham Phoenix’s batting lineup at Old Trafford, with Morris and Sophie Ecclestone taking nine wickets between them. Morris only came into the innings after 55 balls when Phoenix were 57-3. Ecclestone had taken two wickets her previous set of five to remove what remained of the top order.

Morris struck immediately, trapping Amy Jones lbw with her first ball after she missed a sweep shot. The rest of her five consisted of three dots and a single to Jess Flintoff, who was dismissed by Amanda Jade Wellington in the next set.


Back on after the 76th ball, Morris struck again. This time she hit Abbie Freeborn on her back pad, trapping her for a plumb lbw. That left the Phoenix at 75-7 with 22 balls of their innings remaining. Morris wrapped it up quickly from there. She had Issy Wong and Hannah Baker in her next set, and finished the innings with the first ball of her final five, clean bowling Charis Pavely. Phoenix were all-out for 87 with four balls of their innings remaining.

Morris is the first bowler in the women’s competition to take a five-for. The previous best figures were Marizanne Kapp’s 4-9 in the 2021 edition. While four bowlers in the men’s competition have taken five-fors before, the best bowling figures are Josh Little’s 5-13 last year. Morris’ 5-7 goes straight to the top of the list.

Watch: Fi Morris pegs back middle stump for final five-for wicket

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