Southern Brave Women’s march to a place in the final
Southern Brave Women to win
The Hundred Women’s Competition, 2021 is in the final stages of the league phase and Southern Brave Women who have looked in tremendous form shall take on Welsh Fire Women at their home ground The Rose Bowl, Southampton. The Southern Brave won against the Northern Superchargers Women in the last game while Welsh Fire Women lost to Birmingham Phoenix Women by a big margin.
Southern Brave Women have won five out of the six games they have played this season and the side is looking in brilliant form with the bat and the ball. They have won two games at home, and this would add to their confidence. Welsh Fire Women shall have to recover from the big loss in the last game and keep their hopes alive for a place in the Eliminator round.
Anya Shrubsole’s side has been brilliant right from the start. The side played to perfection in the last game against the Northern Superchargers which was decided by the DLS method winning it by 7 wickets. They are through to the next round and shall look to directly qualify for the final with a win here.
Danielle Wyatt and Smriti Mandhana form a strong opening pair and the side would like to see a good show from them in this game. In the middle order Stafanie Taylor and Sophia Dunkley have been consistent, and they would be eager to stamp their authority. The side has good strength down the order with Maia Boucher, Amanda Wellington, and Anya Shrubsole in the team.
Anya Shrubsole and Lauren Bell bowled well in the last game, and they would look to trouble the Welsh Fire Women who have been struggling for form. Tara Norris made a good start to the season in the last game and adds to the bowling strength for the team. They would also like to see tight lines from Amanda Wellington, Taylor and Fi Morris.
Anya Shrubsole (c), Danielle Wyatt, Smriti Mandhana, Sophia Dunkley, Stafanie Taylor, Maia Bouchier, Amanda Wellington, Fi Morris, Tara Norris, Carla Rudd (wk), Lauren Bell
Sophie Luff’s comes here with yet another loss and one by a big margin. The side went down by 10 wickets against Birmingham Phoenix Women in the last game where their bowling attack was blown apart. They have a bigger challenge on hand in this game and Luff would like her players to start with a positive bent of mind.
Bryony Smith did well in the last game, and this would give some relief to the side. She must provide a good start in company of in-form Hayley Matthews. The middle order will have to deliver in this game against a strong bowling attack and runs would be expected from Sarah Taylor, Georgia Redmayne and Luff. Georgia Hennessy and Alice Macleod will also have to bowl tighter lines here.
Piepa Cleary and Bryony Smith fared poorly in the last game and being the strike bowlers for the side they need to deliver here. In Hayley Matthew and Nicole Harvey, they have good experience in the attack and this game would test their character. Hennessy and Hannah Baker shall have to come up with tight spells in the game.
Sophie Luff (c), Bryony Smith, Hayley Matthews, Georgia Redmayne, Sarah Taylor (wk), Georgia Hennessy, Piepa Cleary, Katie George, Alice Macleod, Nicole Harvey, Hannah Baker
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||14||0 mm.||1.47 k/h||From: W||79%|
|03h||14||0 mm.||1.09 k/h||From: WSW||86%|
|06h||14||0 mm.||1.56 k/h||From: SW||93%|
|09h||18||0 mm.||3.96 k/h||From: SW||100%|
|12h||20||0 mm.||5 k/h||From: SW||99%|
|15h||20||0 mm.||5.68 k/h||From: SW||77%|
|18h||17||0 mm.||4.77 k/h||From: SW||87%|
|21h||15||0 mm.||3.48 k/h||From: SW||100%|
The skies over Southampton would be overcast on August 11 and this is likely to make the ball move in the air and cause trouble for the batters. Batters shall have to play patient game and stick to their crease. The side that bats first would like to put up at least 140 runs on the board to feel safe.
The Rose Bowl, Southampton is a good surface to bowl especially with the new ball as there is swing and seam movement on offer. Batters can play their strokes once they get their eyes set in on the surface. It is a difficult wicket for the spinners as there isn’t much turn on offer from the surface.
In both the games played here the side chasing the score has gone on to win comfortably. There is some juice on the surface to be exploited by the fast bowlers with the new ball, and chasing scores is easier here. The side winning the toss shall look to bowl first and restrict the opponent to a small total.
Welsh Fire Women would be down on confidence after two consecutive losses. Their bowlers have struggled in the last few games and batters too haven’t looked in the best of form so far. They will have to come up with a strong show to defeat the Southern Brave Women considering the form of their opponents. Southern Brave Women look good right now in all departments of the game and they would start outright favorites to win here.
Southern Brave Women to win