Manchester Originals Men vs Southern Brave Men Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Manchester Originals Men vs Southern Brave Men taking place? Manchester Originals Men vs Southern Brave Men will take place on Thursday 5th August, 2021 at 19:00 (UK)

Where is Manchester Originals Men vs Southern Brave Men taking place? Manchester Originals Men vs Southern Brave Men will take place at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester

What is the expected weather for Manchester Originals Men vs Southern Brave Men? 17-18c with light rain and a gentle breeze

Where can I get tickets for Manchester Originals Men vs Southern Brave Men? Click here for the latest ticket information for Manchester Originals Men vs Southern Brave Men

What TV channel is Manchester Originals Men vs Southern Brave Men on in the UK? Manchester Originals Men vs Southern Brave Men will be televised live on Sky Sports

Where can I stream Manchester Originals Men vs Southern Brave Men? Sky Sports subscribers can stream Manchester Originals Men vs Southern Brave Men live via Sky Go

THE TEAM NEWS

MANCHESTER ORIGINALS MEN

  • Since losing the inaugural match of the men’s Hundred, Manchester Originals have accumulated five points from the next six available to them, winning twice with one rained off game.
  • Their most recent victory away to Welsh Fire was a testament to the quality of their top order, as openers Phil Salt and Joe Clarke put on 94 for the first wicket with the latter scoring a half century before New Zealand’s Colin Munroe guided his side to their target of 154 with a solid 33 not out.
  • Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson came through his first match for the Originals without aggravating the injury which had kept him out of the tournament and his presence will be a huge boost to Manchester going forward as Ferguson provides much needed pace to go with their already strong spin-bowling unit.

SOUTHERN BRAVE MEN

  • Southern Brave made it two wins in a row following a thriller against London Spirit at Lord’s that saw the visitors defend a score of 145/6, coming out on top by a four-run margin.
  • England’s premier T20i death bowler Chris Jordan successfully closed out the game with the Brave and he was brilliantly supported by left-arm pacer Tymal Mills, who conceded just 15 runs from his 20 balls bowled including a wicket.
  • Both spin-bowlers Liam Dawson and Jake Lintott came away from the contest wicketless and Southern Brave do have other spin options in Danny Brigg and Max Waller should they wish to swich things up on what is usually a turning pitch in Manchester, whilst New Zealand batter Devon Conway has been ruled out of the rest of the Hundred through injury, with Ireland T20i opener and T20 Blast veteran Paul Stirling set to replace him.

THE PREDICTION

Two in-form sides collide at Emirates Old Trafford, a pitch which has proved beneficial to spin-bowlers in the only other men’s fixture played at the ground so far. Assuming the pitch plays a similar way then this will likely be a battle between the Manchester Originals’ spin-bowling unit compared to that of Southern Brave’s. In this case, it is the home side that are to be backed with Lancashire’s Matt Parkinson and Tom Hartley both well-versed players on their home ground. When you also factor in that the hosts’ top three all come into contest on the back having scored healthy runs in their most recent game, then it adds further weight as to why an Originals victory is to be considered.

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