Preview – Match 6 : Manchester Originals vs Birmingham Phoenix | Squad, Fantasy Playing XI, Venue, Players to Watch

The sixth match of the Hundred and the second match of the day will be played between Manchester Originals and Birmingham Phoenix on July 25 at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. Both the teams suffered a loss in their first game against Oval Invincibles and London Spirit respectively and they will certainly be looking to go hard at each other to register their first win in the tournament.


Manchester Originals vs Birmingham Phoenix
Manchester Originals vs Birmingham Phoenix


Manchester Originals: Georgie Boyce, Natalie Brown, Danielle Collins, Kate Cross (c), Mignon du Preez, Alice Dyson, Sophie Ecclestone, Cordelia Griffith, Alexandra Hartley, Hannah Jones, Emma Lamb, Lizelle Lee, Eleanor Threlkeld (wk), Harmanpreet Kaur, Laura Jackson

Birmingham Phoenix: Emily Arlott, Gwenan Davies, Georgia Elwiss, Ria Fackrell, Phoebe Franklin, Kirstie Gordon, Amy Ellen Jones, Evelyn Jones, Marie Kelly, Abtaha Maqsood, Isabelle Wong, Thea Brookes, Shafali Verma, Erin Burns, Katie Mack

Players to watch out for

Lizelle Lee (Manchester Originals): 


Lizelle Lee - Manchester Originals - The Women's Hundred 2021
Lizelle Lee – Manchester Originals – The Women’s Hundred 2021


The South African opening bat had a positive start in her first game against Oval Invincibles. She top scored with 42 off 39 balls, including six boundaries. For the Originals, she will be the key as they will bank on her to provide them with a strong start.

Kate Cross (Manchester Originals):

Kate Cross for Manchester Originals. PC:
Kate Cross for Manchester Originals. PC:


She had a good game with bat and ball. Towards the end of the innings with the bat she played a 4-ball cameo muscling 12 runs, hitting one boundary and a six. With the ball, she picked up two wickets in two balls and was on a hat-trick. She was unlucky to miss out on one and ended her spell with 3-28 off 18 balls.

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Evelyn Jones (Birmingham Phoenix): 


Evelyn Jones - Birmingham Pheonix - The Women's Hundred 2021
Evelyn Jones – Birmingham Pheonix – The Women’s Hundred 2021

The stylish left-hand bat top scored with 47 runs off 41 balls, including nine boundaries. She missed out on a well-deserved half-century but has shown her talent at the big stage. She came in on the 18th ball and was there till the 93rd ball, pacing her innings well and scoring off the loose deliveries.

Emily Arlott (Birmingham Phoenix): 


Emily Arlott - Birmingham Pheonix - The Women's Hundred 2021
Emily Arlott – Birmingham Pheonix – The Women’s Hundred 2021


The right-arm quick, who was a part of the England squad for the India series, grabbed her chance in the first game of the Hundred with both hands as she scalped 2-30 in 15 balls. She opened the bowling for the Phoenix. With the bat, she came in at number 4 and scored 8 runs off 7 balls, hitting one boundary. She has shown promise with both bat and ball in her first game.  

Weather conditions

It is a 2.30 pm (local) start at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester. The weather looks good with sun shining through the second half of the day. There is an almost negligible chance of rain as the weather forecast predicts a low chance of precipitation. The average temperature is around 23 degrees celsius.


It is a good wicket for batting. The average score at the venue is 162 (based on 8 completed games in men’s T20I). Teams batting first have won only 2 out of the 8 games. On this pitch, win the toss and opt to bowl first. Looking at the top wicket-takers on this pitch, four out of the five have been spinners, which indicates that the pitch has something in it for the slow bowlers.

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Average 1st innings score: 164 (max score: 191 and min score: 123)

Average 2nd innings score: 159 (max score: 199 and min score: 127)

Fantasy playing XI

Amy Jones, Lizelle Lee, Georgia Boyce, Evelyn Jones, Shafali Verma, Harmanpreet Kaur, Erin Burns, Emily Arlott, Kate Cross, Isabelle Wong, Laura Jackson

Date: July 25, 2021

Time: 7pm IST

Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

Live streaming: Fan Code

I am a former cricketer having represented Mumbai University at All India University level. I was a part of MCA probables for the U-19 and U-23 age group. I have been an avid cricket writer for the last five years. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D from IIT Bombay.

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