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Birmingham Phoenix Women’s hunt for first win at home
Oval Invincibles Women to win
Tournament: The Hundred Women | Format: 100-BALL CRICKET | Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England | Toss: To BatBet Now
The battle for the Top 3 places in The Hundred Women’s Competition 2021 is on and this game between the Birmingham Phoenix Women and Oval Invincibles Women would be an important one for the hosts. They come into this game with a loss against the Trent Rockets Women and currently sit 7th on the points table. Oval Invincibles Women also lost their last game against Welsh Fire Women and haven’t done well.
Birmingham Phoenix Women have won just once in their four games and lost both their games at home so far. The side would be under pressure to perform well here to keep their chances alive for a place in the next round. Oval Invincibles Women on the other hand has to get rid of its inconsistency which is troubling them.
Amy Ellen Jones’ side comes here with two consecutive defeats. The side has won only once in four games and went down against the Trent Rockets Women in the last game by 11 runs. It is a must-win game for the side to improve its position on the points table and keep its prospects open for a place in the Eliminator.
Shafali Verma and Evelyn Jones are getting runs but they will need to convert these into big scores. In the middle order Amy Ellen Jones, Katie Mack and Erin Burns have not been consistent and the side would be expecting contributions from them in this game. Gwenan Davies, Isabelle Wong and Georgia Elwiss need to bat well down the order.
Their bowlers were expensive in the last game and the side would like to see a good show with the new ball from Wong and Erin Burns. Emily Arlott, Abtaha Maqsood and Georgia Elwiss have failed to check the flow of runs in most of the games and they will need to improve their economy rates for the side to win this game.
Amy Ellen Jones (c & wk), Shafali Verma, Evelyn Jones, Katie Mack, Erin Burns, Georgia Elwiss, Emily Arlott, Gwenan Davies, Isabelle Wong, Kirstie Gordon, Abtaha Maqsood
Dane van Niekerk would be extremely upset with the performance of her batters in the last game against Welsh Fire Women. They failed in what should have been an easy chase for the side losing the game by 12 runs. They have been inconsistent so far and van Niekerk would like to see better efforts from her players in this important stage of the tournament.
Georgia Adams and Alice Capsey must deliver as they have been putting the side into trouble opening the batting. Dane van Niekerk has been consistent, and she would look to make runs along with Grace Gibbs and Fran Wilson in the middle order. Mady Villiers, Natasha Farrant and Joanne Gardner need to do the big hitting down the order.
The bowling attack has looked good in most of the games and the side would like to see early wickets from Alice Capsey and Farrant in this game. Dane van Niekerk bowled miserly in the last game and similar efforts would be expected of her. In Danielle Gregory, Eva Gray and Gibbs the side has depth in its bowling.
Dane van Niekerk (c), Georgia Adams, Alice Capsey, Sarah Bryce (wk), Fran Wilson, Mady Villiers, Natasha Farrant, Grace Gibbs, Joanne Gardner, Eva Gray, Danielle Gregory
We should have relatively clear skies over Birmingham on August 04 and batting conditions are expected to be good. The ball would come into the bat nicely allowing batters to play their strokes. The side batting first in this game shall aim to reach 135 runs or more which would give them an advantage.
There is good pace and bounce on the surface and fast bowlers have always enjoyed bowling at Edgbaston, Birmingham. However, it also allows the batters to play their strokes easily on the up. The larger dimensions of the ground allow the spinners to toss the ball up and they have done well at this venue.
It has been a high scoring venue and we have seen sides put up big scores here. The wicket has played well allowing batters to play their strokes easily. The side that wins the toss in this game is likely to bat first and take advantage of the flat surface.
Birmingham Phoenix Women seem to be short of confidence and their approach in the last game points towards this. Their batting needs to improve in this game as most batters have looked out for form. Oval Invincibles Women on the other hand have a very strong bowling attack and they have also done well on good batting surfaces. This would make them favorites to win this game.
Oval Invincibles Women to win
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