We’re more than halfway through The Hundred and on Tuesday we’ve got another intriguing London derby between the Oval Invincibles and the London Spirit. We’ve previewed this one and given you a couple of our best bets.
Oval Invincibles remain at the top of the table, despite their first tournament loss to the Birmingham Phoenix on Sunday.
The 41-run defeat means the standings have become a little tighter, with all eight clubs potentially in play for the knockout stages.
London rivals, the Spirit, dragged themselves off the bottom of the table, with their win over the Trent Rockets.
That victory was chiefly down to a terrific knock by England star Dan Lawrence, whose 93 off just 49 balls was enough to prevent a Joe Root inspired Rockets from getting over the line.
The Invincibles won the first derby contest between the two but will the Spirit gain their revenge on Tuesday evening?
The Invincibles suffered a huge blow on Sunday, as Hundred leading scorer Jordan Cox was struck on the hand by Adam Milne and was unable to continue.
Head Coach Tom Moody has confirmed he will require surgery and can play no further part in the competition.
Crafty spinner Sunil Narine has also ended his spell at the Oval but should be replaced by Adam Zampa.
London Spirit should be unchanged following their first tournament win over the Trent Rockets.
Oval Invincibles to win – 8/11
The Invincibles are looking for their first win in this newly formed competition and have started in fine form.
The blip against the Phoenix will sting, as will the loss of leading run scorer Cox but they still should be too powerful for London.
Zampa is a fantastic replacement for Narine and will provide the guile in the middle section of the innings.
Jason Roy and Will Jacks misfired against Birmingham but they should be back on it in this derby contest.
Gus Atkinson – Oval Invincibles top wicket taker – 4/1
One of the reasons for the Invincibles lofty position is the form of Surrey paceman Gus Atkinson.
The 25-year-old has been bowling absolute rockets all season and has been hitting Mark Wood type speeds at around 95 mph.
England have spoken openly about taking a look at Atkinson and it’s not hard to see why.
Only Reece Topley has more wickets in the Hundred than Atkinson and he can fire again here against the Spirit.