Welsh Fire’s big battle at home against Trent Rockets
Trent Rockets to win
Welsh Fire are under pressure having lost the last two games in The Hundred, 2021. As they meet the Trent Rockets in the 20th game of the season, the side would like to get its campaign back on track. They lost to the Oval Invincibles in their last game while the Rockets also come here after a loss against the Birmingham Phoenix. Both the sides would look forward to winning this game.
Trent Rockets have by far looked the most consistent side in the tournament and have won three out of the four games they have played. Their batsmen are doing well, and the side would like to see a win here. For the Welsh Fire this game would be a big challenge and they would look to make best use of the home conditions and improve their position on the points table with a win here.
They had started the tournament on a positive note, but back-to-back losses have derailed the campaign for Ben Duckett’s side. They batted poorly in the last game to go down by 6 wickets against the Oval Invincibles. Duckett would want to see a good show from his players here as that would improve their position on the points table.
Tom Banton and Joshua Cobb are in poor form and the side would need them to put up a good opening wicket stand in this game. Duckett did well in the last game and needs to add runs in the middle with Glenn Phillips and Leus du Plooy. In James Neesham and Matthew Critchley, the side has good hitters, but they have failed in the last two games and must deliver here.
David Payne and Matt Milnes were expensive in the last game, and they can’t afford this game the strong batting line-up that Trent Rockets have. Qais Ahmed has stood out with his tight bowling and the side would like to see another positive performance from him in this game. James Neesham, Ryan Higgins and Critchley must keep the scoring rate under check in this game.
Ben Duckett (c), Tom Banton (wk), Joshua Cobb, Glenn Phillips, Leus du Plooy, James Neesham, Matthew Critchley, Ryan Higgins, Qais Ahmad, Jake Ball, David Payne
Lewis Gregory’s side suffered its first loss of the season in the last game against the Birmingham Phoenix. It was poor efforts with the ball from the side as they lost the game by 6 wickets. They are currently sitting at the top of the points table and Gregory would like to maintain that lead with a win in this game.
Alex Hales and D’Arcy Short have done well with the ball so far in the tournament and the side would look for a good start from them. Dawid Malan is in good form and solidifies the middle order with Samit Patel and Gregory. In Rashid Khan and Tom Moores, the side has good hitters of the ball and shall look to push up the scoring in this game.
Their bowlers had a poor day at the office in the last game and good show would be expected from Samit Patel and Luke Wood with the new ball. Matthew Carter and Timm van der Gugten were expensive, and they have to play an important role here. Rashid Khan has looked good, and the side would like to see him take wickets in this game to win it.
Lewis Gregory (c), D Arcy Short, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Samit Patel, Tom Moores (wk), Rashid Khan, Luke Wood, Matthew Carter, Marchant de Lange, Timm van der Gugten
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||16||0.57 mm.||6.19 k/h||From: SW||75%|
|03h||16||1.16 mm.||8.61 k/h||From: WSW||83%|
|06h||16||0.62 mm.||8.63 k/h||From: W||88%|
|09h||16||0.73 mm.||9.81 k/h||From: WSW||68%|
|12h||17||0.50 mm.||10.49 k/h||From: WSW||50%|
|15h||18||0.19 mm.||10.22 k/h||From: WSW||7%|
|18h||16||0.55 mm.||9.16 k/h||From: WSW||13%|
|21h||14||0.27 mm.||8.12 k/h||From: SW||45%|
The skies over Cardiff shall be cloudy on August 06 and this is likely to make the ball move around a bit in the air. The wicket has looked flat so far in all the games played. Batsmen have played their strokes with ease. The side batting first in the game would need 150 runs or more on the board to feel comfortable.
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff is a big ground, but the wicket is flat here and this allows the batsmen to play their strokes easily. There is hint of swing in the surface early on in the game and fast bowlers have done well. Spinners enjoy bowling here as the large boundaries allow them to toss the ball in the air.
Two of the highest scores in this tournament has been made at this venue and it has by far looked the best pitch to bat. The side winning the toss in this game would like to take advantage of the conditions and set up a big score on the board.
Welsh Fire would be under pressure in this home game coming here with two straight losses. Their batsmen have to do well after their failure in the last game. The bowling attack would also have to be on its toes against a strong batting line-up. Trent Rockets on the other hand have their batsmen and bowlers in good form and this would put them ahead in the game.
Trent Rockets to win