In the ongoing 2023 edition of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, Thunder and the Southern Vipers will compete in match no. 27. The game is scheduled to take place at Trafalgar Road Ground, Southport, on the 7th of July, 2023, at 3:00 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).
The Vipers, with two wins, three defeats, and one game abandoned due to rain, currently hold the 5th position on the 8-team points table. On the other hand, the Thunder have had a poor and unfortunate run, suffering three defeats, two games abandoned, and a match drawn by the D/L method.
Thunder – Ellie Threlkeld, Steph Butler, Alice Clarke, Danielle Collins, Naomi Dattani, Deandra Dottin, Phoebe Graham, Mahika Gaur, Liberty Heap, Laura Jackson, Hannah Jones, Emma Lamb, Fi Morris, Daisy Mullan, Tara Norris, Shachi Pai, Hannah Rainey, Seren Smale, Sophia Turner, Olivia Thomas
Southern Vipers – Georgia Adams, Georgia Elwiss, Nancy Harman, Freya Kemp, Ella McCaughan, Sophie Mitchelmore, Alice Monaghan, Anya Shrubsole, Linsey Smith, Rhianna Southby, Charlotte Taylor, Mary Taylor, Finty Trussler, Emily Windsor
Players to watch out:
The 29-year-old spin all-rounder had a quiet campaign during the 1st leg, however on the back of an excellent T20 season which saw her strike 7 wickets and score 209 runs, will want to want to replicate the same success in the longer format as well.
The 25-year-old left-arm pacer from the States’ has had an impressive tournament this time around. Tara in 4 games has struck 7 wickets bowling at an economy rate of 5.50, while also has been handy with the bat contributing 49 runs.
The 32-year-old all-rounder in 36 One-Day Internationals has scored 388 runs and stuck 26 wickets. Elwiss has had a good run in the tournament so far scoring 105 runs and bagging 7 scalps, and as a senior face in the setup, will remain crucial for the side.
The 28-year-old spinner has had a decent run in the tournament so far scoring 49 runs and registering 4 wickets in 4 games. Linsey recently was linked with the England A squad that played Australia A and will be worth noting the learnings she brings forward.
The Trafalgar Road Ground, Southport, dishes a well-balanced center wicket that features a fair contest between bat and ball. It offers favorable conditions for both spinners and pacers to excel, while batters also find delight in the wicket, with an average score of 172.
With moderate winds, a humidity level of 56%, and the temperature expected to hover around 24°C, the conditions are pleasant to be at the cricket. Moreover, the forecast predicts partly cloudy skies, however, the chances of rain are minimal.
Fantasy playing XI:
Ellie Threlkeld, Chloe Hill, Rhianna Southby, Emily Windsor, Deandra Dottin, Emma Lamb, Georgia Elwiss, Fi Morris, Alice Monaghan, Linsey Smith, Tara Norris
Date – July 7, 2023
Time – 3:00 PM IST
Venue – Trafalgar Road Ground, Southport
Broadcast – A YouTube live-stream link will be made available for the game.