The Hundred continues (weather permitting) on Thursday, with a double header from Headingley, as Northern Superchargers take on Birmingham Phoenix. We’ve previewed this one and given you our best bets.
Birmingham Phoenix (8/11) made the Eliminator stages last season and they will be looking to go one better and make the final this season.
Standing in their way is a talented but temperamental Northern Superchargers (21/20) team who missed out on the semi finals last year despite some impressive wins.
The test summer is finished early so both sides will benefit from England stars later in the tournament but there will be plenty of entertaining cricketers on show here at Headingley.
The Superchargers will be without the likes of Harry Brook and Ben Stokes, after their Ashes heroics over the last six weeks. Adil Rashid has a long standing back injury, so could be a last minute decision as to whether he is fit to play.
Northern Superchargers(probable) – Tom Banton, Adam Lyth, Matthew Short, Adam Hose, David Wiese, Bas de Leede, Brydon Carse, Adil Rashid, Matthew Potts, Callum Parkinson, Reece Topley
Similar to the Superchargers, Birmingham are also missing Ashes stars in Ben Duckett, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali.
Birmingham Phoenix(probable) – Miles Hammond, Will Smeed, Liam Livingstone, Shadab Khan, Jamie Smith, Benny Howell, Dan Mousley, Henry Brookes, Tom Helm, Kane Richardson, Adam Milne
Will Smeed Top Phoenix run scorer – 7/2
With Duckett and Ali missing at the top of the order, extra pressure will be lumped on Will Smeed’s broad shoulders for the Phoenix.
The Somerset man was the first player to hit a hundred in this competition last year and finished seventh in the run charts in the T20 Blast, earlier this summer.
The 21-year-old made headlines at the end of last year, as he announced his retirement from red ball cricket, to concentrate on the short format versions of the game.
That should be rewarded with plenty of high earning franchise contracts and an eventual England T20/ODI callup shortly.
David Wiese Top Superchargers run scorer – 16/1
The Superchargers have some decent top order options but if Tom Banton and Adam Lyth do go early, it may be the job of David Wiese to get the northern team to a respectable trophy.
The Namibian international did the very same for club side Yorkshire Vikings on numerous occasions last year and scored 150 at 25 average in the Hundred last year.
The 16/1 on offer looks a tasty price for a small wager.