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Trent Rockets’ challenge against confident Welsh Fire
Welsh Fire Women to win
Tournament: The Hundred Women | Format: 100-BALL CRICKET | Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
The 20th game of The Hundred Women’s Competition, 2021 between Welsh Fire Women and Trent Rockets Women would be an important contest for both the sides. They have two wins in four games and have 4 points each. The side winning here would move up on the points table. Welsh Fire Women won against Oval Invincibles Women in the last game and the Trent Rockets Women defeated Birmingham Phoenix Women.
Welsh Fire Women have won both the games they have played at this venue, and this would add to their confidence. Their batters have been in good form and shall look to continue with it. It remains to be seen if Trent Rockets Women are able to break the Welsh’s fort here and move to the 3rd sport on the points table.
Sophie Luff’s side has now won two games in a row after the poor start in the tournament and the skipper would be extremely happy. The side defeated the Oval Invincibles by 12 runs in a low scoring game where their bowlers won it for the side. As they take on the Trent Rockets Women in the next game, Luff would be aiming for their third win in the season.
Bryony Smith hasn’t done well at the top and needs to contribute to a good opening wicket stand with Hayley Matthews. The middle order looked good in the last game and the trio of Georgia Redmayne, Sarah Taylor and Luff shall have to make runs. Down the order Georgia Hennessy and Piepa Cleary have the ability of getting big hits towards the end of the innings.
Piepa Cleary and Bryony Smit did well in the last game, and they would have to strike early in this game. Matthews would be confident after her 3 wickets in the last game. Nicole Harvey, Hannah Baker and Hennessy have kept the run rate under control and similar efforts would be needed from them in this game.
Sophie Luff (c), Bryony Smith, Hayley Matthews, Georgia Redmayne, Sarah Taylor (wk), Georgia Hennessy, Piepa Cleary, Katie George, Alex Griffiths, Nicole Harvey, Hannah Baker
Natalie Sciver’s side has made a strong comeback to the tournament with consecutive wins after starting off with two losses. The side defeated the Birmingham Phoenix Women by 11 runs in a high scoring game. Sciver would like to ride this momentum and improve their position with a win in this game.
Rachel Priest and Sammy-Jo-Johnson have regained form, and this is welcome new for the side at the top. Their middle order has looked good with Katherine Brunt, Heather Graham and Natalie Sciver doing well and they shall look to repeat their success here. In Sarah Glenn and Abbey Freeborn there is strength down the order.
Katherine Brunt and Kathryn Bryce were expensive in the last game and the side would like to see better efforts with the ball from them. Sarah Glenn and Sammy-Jo-Johnson set up the win with their strong bowling performance in the last game and they have an important role in this game. Heather Graham shall look to contain the flow of runs as she did in the last game.
Natalie Sciver (c), Rachel Priest (wk), Sammy-Jo Johnson, Katherine Brunt, Heather Graham, Sarah Glenn, Emily Windsor, Abbey Freeborn, Kathryn Bryce, Georgia Davis, Nancy Harman
The skies over Cardiff shall be cloudy on August 06 and this is likely to make the ball move and cause trouble for the batters. The wicket has looked flat, and batters have been able to play their strokes. The side batting first would need to get 140 runs on the board to feel safe on this surface.
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff is a big ground, but it does have a flat surface. The large size of the ground demands batters to play patiently and keep rotating the strike. Fast bowlers get early assistance from the surface. Spinners enjoy bowling here as the ball turns and troubles the batters.
In the two games that have been played here we have seen the sides chasing the score register big wins. The wicket does have some assistance for the bowlers early on during the game and the side winning the toss would like to bowl first and take advantage.
Both the sides have had similar fates so far in the tournament and have won the last two games. Trent Rockets have their batters struggling which would be a problem for the side in this game. Welsh Fire are playing at home and have won both the games at this venue and this would add to their confidence and make them favorites.
Welsh Fire Women to win
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