- Oval Invincibles v Northern Superchargers, men and women
- The Hundred
- Thursday August 11, 2022, 3pm-6.30pm
It is a break from the norm of the competition to have the men’s game first and the women’s game second.
The Invincibles women, who beat the Southern Brave in last year’s final, face a Superchargers side who you would struggle to match for batting power. They are a team who just missed out on last year’s knockouts.
Beforehand, the men’s game sees two sides who have won one and lost one face off.
The men’s teams are minus key batters
These are two sides who I’m not really fancying to win this tournament, or even make the knockout stages for that matter.
Southern Brave, London Spirit, Trent Rockets and even Manchester Originals look better to me. I tipped the Originals to win the title pre-tournament, but they’ve lost two from two. I think they’re better than that but seem to be playing with the shackles on at the moment.
For tomorrow’s fixture, I’m actually going to swerve a bet on the match result. The Oval are missing Will Jacks due to England Lions duty, the same reason for the absence of Harry Brook with the Superchargers.
I suspect the Invincibles will win, but I’m not confident enough to be suggesting that they should be backed at around the 8/11 mark, which seems to be a common price. The Superchargers are a best price of 7/5 with betvictor.
There are a couple of batting prices which have caught my eye.
The first is on two men who are yet to hit the heights. Jason Roy has had his well documented struggles for England and at the top of the Invincibles’ order. But his horrible run of form will come to an end at some point. Faf du Plessis has also had two low scores for the Superchargers.
But Ladbrokes are offering a price boost of 5/2 on both openers to hit a six in the match, up from 7/4. That is something I can see happening.
South African Rilee Rossouw has had an excellent summer so far for both Somerset in the Vitality Blast and his country. He was one of only two players - James Vince the other - to top 600 runs in the Blast, and posted a T20I score of 96 not out against England late last month.
Bet365 are offering 11/4 on him to score a fifty in the match, which is the best price I can find on the left-hander, who should bat three for the Invincibles, to be the home side’s top scorer. I would be going on the ‘to score a fifty’ price to take the jeopardy of someone usurping him out of the equation.
Winfield-Hill Player Performance marked up low by bet365
Bet365 have Lauren Winfield-Hill’s player performance marked up at 5/6 over or under 20.5.
Winfield-Hill has moved from the Superchargers to the Invincibles mainly because the former have signed Alyssa Healy to keep wicket. However, the England international is set to get that chance with the Invincibles.
Therefore, I would going over that 20.5 mark every single day of the week. Remember it is one point per run - she has been in fine form with the bat this summer for the Northern Diamonds - 10 per catch and 25 per stumping.
Lamb to the slaughter - let’s hope so at 50/1
Ahead of the start of the women’s Hundred, bet365 have priced up the usual pre-tournament top batter and top bowler markets, and their price on England ODI and Test opener Emma Lamb to be the tournament run-scorer has caught my eye - especially in each way terms.
The Manchester Originals batter is a whopping 50/1 to lead the way, a price I would have expected to be significantly shorter following scores of 42, 38, 82, 102, 67. 65 and 68 in her last seven innings for county and her region, Thunder.
Lamb, 24, has just been named as the ICC’s women’s player of the month for July.
Do I expect her to finish as the leading run-scorer ahead of all of Beth Mooney (6/1), Sophie Devine (7/1) and Alyssa Healy (8/1), who head the market? It’s unlikely, but not impossible.
Can I see her finishing in the top four run-scorers? Absolutely, I can.
The Originals have a couple of options to open; Lamb, South Africa’s Lizelle Lee and West Indian Deandra Dottin, both of whom are favoured to be their team’s leading run-scorer.
But Lee has only played three matches since March - without a score of note - and Dottin is out of form. The latter comes into this competition on the back of five single-figure scores as an overseas player for Thunder and at the Commonwealth Games with Barbados.
I’d be more than happy to be on Lamb at 9/2 in this particular market.
* Betting odds are subject to changes.