Manchester Originals Men thrashed Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred in 2021 and 2022 and they will be hoping to extend that winning streak when the teams meet at Old Trafford at 6.30pm on Monday 7th August.
Richard Gleeson replaced fellow fast bowler Josh Tongue for Manchester Originals against London Spirit on Saturday. Gleeson, making his first appearance since January due to a wrist injury, did not get to bowl because of the rain but should have another opportunity on Monday.
England Test batsman Ben Duckett should feature for Birmingham Phoenix again but his international teammates Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali may extend their post-Ashes break. England T20 World Cup winner Liam Livingstone will be assessed after missing the first two games with a minor injury.
Manchester Originals @ 10/11
It has been a soggy start to The Hundred for both of these teams. Birmingham Phoenix have had two no-results out of two – Saturday’s home game against Trent Rockets was abandoned without a ball being bowled – while Manchester Originals’ first two matches have also been disrupted by the weather.
The Originals lost to Welsh Fire by nine runs in their season opener, reduced to 40 balls per side, and they were frustrated by the rain on Saturday after making a strong start to their home fixture against London Spirit.
Top three batsmen Phil Salt, Jos Buttler and Max Holden fired the Originals to 138-5 off 80 balls before the game was called off but the forecast looks more promising on Monday and the hosts can record a third straight victory over the Phoenix.
The Originals have beaten the Birmingham franchise comprehensively in the first two seasons of The Hundred, bowling them out for 75 and 87, and last season’s beaten finalists are worth backing to complete the hat-trick.
Jos Buttler Manchester Originals Top Run Scorer @ 11/5
Spectators at Old Trafford on Saturday didn’t get to see a completed match between the Originals and London Spirit but they were treated to some magnificent hitting from home skipper Jos Buttler.
England’s white-ball captain, opening the batting for the Originals, struck five sixes in an innings of 62 off 36 balls, following up another impressive knock in the first game of the season.
Buttler’s unbeaten 37 against Welsh Fire wasn’t enough to take the Manchester men over the line in their run-chase but it came from just 18 balls and featured three sixes and two fours.
He looks a solid favourite to be the Originals’ top runscorer against the Phoenix, having enjoyed a productive end to his T20 Blast campaign for Lancashire in June.
Buttler’s last five T20 scores before joining up with the Originals were 31, 74, 83 – against Derbyshire at Old Trafford – 11 and 42 and the early indications are that he could be set for a prolific season in The Hundred.