Hayley Matthews is the leading run-scorer for the Fire and she also has five wickets.
Trent Rockets and Welsh Fire are set to lock horns in the 20th match of the Women’s Hundred on Friday, August 6. The Fire are currently placed fourth in the points table with four points and a net run rate of -0.140. In their previous match on August 2, the Fire lost by 12 runs at the Kennington Oval.
Their batters put up a mere 112 on the board after which the bowlers helped the team make a stupendous comeback. The Rockets, on the other hand, are on a bit of a role. After losing their first two games, they are now on a two-match winning streak. In their previous game, they beat Birmingham Phoenix by 11 runs.
Match – Welsh Fire vs Trent Rockets – 20th match
Venue – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Time – 08:00 PM IST, 02:30 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Fancode
The pitch in Cardiff hasn’t been a great one for batting thus far in the tournament. In both games, the team, batting first strained to put a decent score on the board. Hence, chasing should be the way forward for both teams in the upcoming encounter.
Avg first innings score: 115 (2 matches in the Hundred at Sophia Gardens)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 0, N/R – 0
Bryony Smith, Hayley Matthews, Georgia Redmayne, Sarah Taylor (wk), Sophie Luff (c), Georgia Hennessy, Piepa Cleary, Katie George, Alex Griffiths, Nicole Harvey, Hannah Baker
Bench– Alice Macleod, Amy Gordon, Sune Luus, Natasha Wraith, Bethan Ellis, Lauren Filer
Rachel Priest (wk), Sammy-Jo Johnson, Natalie Sciver (c), Katherine Brunt, Heather Graham, Sarah Glenn, Emily Windsor, Abbey Freeborn, Kathryn Bryce, Georgia Davis, Nancy Harman
Bench- Lucy Higham, Michaela Kirk, Teresa Graves, Ella Claridge, Alicia Presland
Probable best batter of the match
Hayley Matthews— Welsh Fire
Hayley Matthews has been excellent for the Rockets in the ongoing edition of the Hundred. Opening the batting, the right-handed batter has notched 155 runs at an average of 51.66 and a strike rate of 139.63. She also has a top score of an unbeaten 71. Matthews also has five wickets to her name and she can’t afford to drop her guard by any means.
Probable best bowler of the match
Sammy-Jo Johnson— Trent Rockets
Sammy Jo Johnson has been mightily effective for the Rockets in the tournament until now. The right-arm pacer is currently the leading wicket-taker for her team with nine scalps from four matches. She has bowled at an economy rate of 1.12. Johnson bowls at the death and she has done a great job in making regular breakthroughs for her side.
Today’s match prediction: Trent Rockets to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.