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Birmingham Phoenix Women vs London Spirit Women, The Hundred Women, Today Match Prediction

Edgbaston, Birmingham

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Birmingham Phoenix Women to play their first game at the home venue against London Spirit Women in Match 2 of The Hundred Women's Competition.

  • It’s the first-ever encounter between Birmingham Phoenix (Women) and London Spirit (Women).
  • Led by Amy Jones, Birmingham Phoenix represents the historic counties of Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
  • Representing the historic counties of Middlesex, Essex and Northamptonshire, London Spirit’s captain is Heather Knight.

We predict Birmingham Phoenix Women will defeat London Spirit Women.

Tournament: The Hundred Women | Format: 100-BALL | Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham | Toss: To Bat

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Birmingham Phoenix’s women side is coached by Australian Ben Sawyer while their captain is wicket-keeper Amy Ellen Jones. They have three overseas players by their side including two Australian players Erin Burns and Katie Mack, and India’s Shafali Verma. London Spirit women team is led by Heather Knight, who is also English Women’s cricket team’s captain. Their coach is former club cricketer Trevor Griffin. Among overseas players, they have West Indies’ Deandra Dottin, India’s Deepti Sharma and Chloe Tryon from South Africa.

The two sides will clash in Match 2 of “The Hundred”, which is the third format of the game after Test, One Day International, Twenty-20, where an over of 6-balls overs is transformed into two sets of five-balls referred to as “Fives”. Each side to play 10 such sets – i.e. 100 balls – hence the name. The total balls per innings are 20 fewer than the T20 format. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) designed this format to attract families, especially mums and kids during the summer holidays.

Birmingham Phoenix Women Preview

England Women team’s wicket-keeper and right-handed batter Amy Jones has got the opportunity to lead Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred. Jones is the holder of ECB’s central contract and has played more than 100 International games since her debut for England in 2013. She has scored nearly 2000 International runs, took 61 catches and 31 stumpings. 

The bowling unit is led by right-arm pacer Georgia Elwiss who has played for England’s Women team and to support her, they have young fast bowler Issy Wong, left-arm orthodox spinner Kirstie Gordon and right-arm leg-breaker Abtaha Maqsood. Among overseas players, they have uncapped Katie Mack and two capped players – youngster Shafali Verma (India) and experienced all-rounder Erin Burns (Australia). Ben Sawyer has been appointed as the coach for Birmingham Phoenix. He had coached Sydney Sixers. Also, he looked after Australia women's national cricket team’s pace bowling. In The Hundred, Sawyer’s side is playing at their home and must be excited and confident at the same time.

Key Players: Amy Jones, Shefali Verma, Erin Burns

Birmingham Phoenix Women Predicted Playing XI:

Amy Jones (c, wk), Ria Fackrell, Phoebe Franklin, Evelyn Jones, Shafali Verma, Erin Burns, Georgia Elwiss, Issy Wong, Abtaha Maqsood, Kirstie Gordon, Emily Arlott

London Spirit Women Preview

London Women team is captained by experienced and capped player Heather Knight who has represented England’s women cricket team at the International level. She’s a right-handed batter and right-arm off-spin bowler, with close to 200 International games under her name, including Tests, ODIs and Twenty20Is. Knight has scored a century in each format of the game, while in ODIs she has claimed a five-wicket haul in an innings.

The team includes an experienced right-hand batter in Susie Rowe to support Knight. Overseas capped players like Deandra Dottin, Deepti Sharma and Chloe Tryon can prove vital in the team’s success in this tournament. Tammy Beaumont is a very good wicket-keeper, and their bowling department is led by medium-pacer Freya Davies. Grace Scrivens is a very promising all-rounder. In her second match, she scored  24 not-out from 17 balls in a Twenty20 match against Yorkshire and aided her side to a 5 wicket victory.

Key Players: Heather Knight, Deandra Dottin, Deepti Sharma

London Spirit Women Predicted Playing XI:

Heather Knight (c), Susie Rowe, Deandra Dottin, Deepti Sharma, Chloe Tryon, Tammy Beaumont (wk), Freya Davies, Danielle Gibson, Charlie Dean, Sophie Munro, Grace Scrivens

W. speed
W. direction
3.48 mm.
0.91 k/h
From: NNW
0.25 mm.
0.87 k/h
From: WSW
0 mm.
0.61 k/h
From: NW
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0.63 k/h
From: W
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0.66 k/h
From: WNW
0.50 mm.
1.58 k/h
From: NW
4.88 mm.
1.18 k/h
From: NNW
4.41 mm.
0.72 k/h
From: E

Weather Conditions

On the match day, the maximum and minimum temperatures would be 26°C and 15°C respectively, with a wind speed of 17kmph. It will remain partly to mostly cloudy with a bit of rain is expected late.

Venue Details

The venue for this match is Edgbaston, Birmingham having a capacity of 21,000. It is one of the best grounds in England. It hosted several Twenty20 finals and the epic semi-final match between Australia and South Africa in ICC World Cup 1999 which ended in a tie.

Toss: To Bat

Birmingham offers a very good wicket. It is good for batting throughout the match. Out of 5 T20 matches played here, all 5 times the team batting first have won. In the T20s, the average first innings score here is 169, and the highest total recorded here batting first is 221 -5 England against Australia. It will be a good toss to win, and one should go for batting first.

It’s going to be an exciting clash between Birmingham Phoenix and London Spirit. Though Londo Spirit has many experienced players, and an experienced captain in Heather Knight, Birmingham’s team under Amy Jones is well balanced. Both sides have a good pool of overseas players. Birmingham Phoenix has a more experienced coach in Ben Sawyer. Also, Birmingham Phoenix holds an edge due to home situations.

We predict Birmingham Phoenix Women will defeat London Spirit Women.


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