Welsh Fire Women vs Manchester Originals Women Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Welsh Fire Women vs Manchester Originals Women taking place? Welsh Fire Women vs Manchester Originals Women will take place on Saturday 31st July, 2021 at 11:00 (UK)

Where is Welsh Fire Women vs Manchester Originals Women taking place? Welsh Fire Women vs Manchester Originals Women will take place at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff

What is the expected weather for Welsh Fire Women vs Manchester Originals Women? 18-19c, dry with light cloud and a gentle breeze

Where can I get tickets for Welsh Fire Women vs Manchester Originals Women? Click here for the latest ticket information for Welsh Fire Women vs Manchester Originals Women

What TV channel is Welsh Fire Women vs Manchester Originals Women on in the UK? Welsh Fire Women vs Manchester Originals Women will be televised live on Sky Sports

Where can I stream Welsh Fire Women vs Manchester Originals Women? Sky Sports subscribers can stream Welsh Fire Women vs Manchester Originals Women live via Sky Go

THE TEAM NEWS

WELSH FIRE WOMEN

  • Welsh Fire currently prop up the table in the women’s Hundred, having lost each of their two games played thus far and will be eying this one up as a must win fixture.
  • Their most recent loss against Southern Brave saw them consistently lose wickets in the face of some excellent slow bowling with West Indian opener Hayley Matthews top scoring with just 33.
  • Captain Sophie Luff has named the same team for both the Fire’s first two matches and their will no doubt be a temptation to switch things up here with the likes of Bethan Ellis and Lauren Filer hoping for an opportunity.

MANCHESTER ORIGINALS WOMEN

  • A washout vs Northern Superchargers gave Manchester Originals their first point of the tournament, a disappointing return after three matches that already leaves them with a mountain to climb in their race to finish in the top three.
  • The Originals were tipped by many to go well in this campaign, but it has been largely their batting that has let them down with their last completed game seeing them score just 93 runs against Birmingham Phoenix.
  • Whilst she is known for her outstanding spin-bowling, England’s Sophie Ecclestone could be promoted up the batting order as a pinch hitter to support overseas stars Lizelle Lee and Harmanpreet Kaur, whilst Middlesex’s Cordelia Griffith is another batter who may be pushed up the order.

THE PREDICTION

In terms of the tournament so far, this really is a vital two points up for grabs when considering the poor start both these two teams have made to the Hundred so far. Welsh Fire have home advantage in their favour, which gives them the ability to tailor the pitch to their advantage and perhaps push the boundaries in to give the likes Matthews and former England star Sarah Taylor more license to swing. However, Welsh Fire’s struggles against slow bowling vs Southern Brave will have been noted by Manchester Originals and against a high-quality spin-bowling attack of Ecclestone, Alex Hartley and Emma Lamb, this doesn’t bode well for the hosts. The class and options the Originals’ have when it comes to taking pace off the ball should prove the difference in Cardiff and see them pick up their first win of the competition.

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