Trent Rockets and Southern Brave will go head-to-head in the season opener of the 2023 edition of The Hundred (Women’s). The match will take place at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, on the 1st of August, 2023, at 7:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).
The Trent Rockets and Southern Brave have played each other on 3 occasions, and the latter, with a win in all 3 matches, has gained a comfortable lead.
Trent Rockets – Nat Sciver-Brunt (C), Katherine Sciver-Brunt, Alana King, Bryony Smith, Harmanpreet Kaur, Lizelle Lee, Grace Potts, Kirstie Gordon, Josie Groves, Cassidy McCarthy, Naomi Dattani, Alexa Stonehouse, Jo Gardner, Fran Wilson, Nat Wraith
Southern Brave – Smriti Mandhana, Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Freya Kemp, Danni Wyatt, Anya Shrubsole (C), Chloe Tryon, Maitlan Brown, Georgia Adams, Rhianna Southby, Danielle Gregory, Kalea Moore, Seren Smale, Ellie Anderson, Mary Taylor
Players to watch out:
The 25-year-old batter was the 2nd highest run-getter in the recently concluded Charlotte Edwards (CE) Cup. In the 20-over competition, Bryony Smith averaged 36.57 and piled on 255 runs in just 7 games at a strike rate of 155.15. But that’s not all; Smith also scalped 5 wickets during the tournament.
The 27-year-old Australian spinner has struck 21 wickets in 22 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and has been handy with the bat as well. In the competition last summer, Alana struck 7 wickets in as many innings and was the most economical bowler on the show, with an economy rate of 5.40.
The 29-year-old batter finished only behind Bryony Smith on the run-getters list at the recently concluded CE Cup. Adams, in 9 games, scored 249 runs, averaging 49.80, and with a lone fifty to her name, registered the highest score of 63*. Georgia also bagged as many as 10 wickets and produced the best figures of 2/20.
The 31-year-old retired pacer, in 79 T20Is, struck 102 wickets and with the same flare signed off from CE Cup cricket with 13 wickets in 8 outings. Anya delivered her spells at an economy rate of 5.93 and produced the best figures of 4/18. It wouldn’t be surprising if skipper Anya again steals the spotlight and finishes off The Hundred on a high.
The wickets at Trent Bridge have traditionally been good batting-friendly surfaces, and expect them to be no different for the tournament as well. The wicket also has got enough in it for bowlers, especially the spinners who’ll have a vital role to play.
It will be a pleasant day for cricket at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, with no expected rain interruptions and mostly cloudy skies. The temperature will be around 18°C, with moderate winds and a humidity level of 72%.
Fantasy playing XI:
Seren Smale, Danni Wyatt, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Lizelle Lee, Georgia Adams, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Katherine Sciver-Brunt, Chloe Tryon, Lauren Bell, Alana King
Date – August 1, 2023
Time – 7:30 PM IST
Venue – Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Broadcast – All games of the tournament will be telecasted on the Sony Sports Network and will be available for live-stream on Sony LIV and Fancode.