Oval Invincibles Men face a rejuvenated Welsh Fire side in The Hundred on Sunday, 6th August and a competitive clash is in prospect when the match starts at 6pm at The Oval.
Sunil Narine returned from Major League Cricket in the USA with a player-of-the-match performance in Oval Invincibles’ opening win over London Spirit.
Heinrich Klaasen, Gus Atkinson and Zak Chappell should also keep their places after making their debuts for the franchise at Lord’s.
Welsh Fire are likely to be without England’s Jonny Bairstow, who is having a break after his efforts in the Ashes, but Pakistan fast bowlers Haris Rauf and Shaheen Shah Afridi are available.
Welsh Fire to win @ 21/20
Welsh Fire had a season to forget in The Hundred in 2022, finishing bottom of the men’s league table after losing all eight of their matches.
However, their rebuilt squad has made a promising start to the new season, winning a rain-reduced clash with Manchester Originals before a tense two-run defeat to Southern Brave on Friday.
The Fire had the Brave in deep trouble at 76-8 before number eight Chris Jordan cracked 70 not out and their bowling attack, led by Pakistan internationals Haris Rauf and Shaheen Shah Afridi, as well as England left-armer David Willey, should cause problems for Oval Invincibles.
The Invincibles were not entirely convincing in their opening fixture, stumbling to a target of 132 against London Spirit with just three wickets and one ball to spare, and they can be taken on in their first home game of the season.
Welsh Fire have competed well in their first two matches despite losing opener Joe Clarke to a first-ball duck against both the Originals and the Brave. Clarke is a dangerous player once he gets going and the Fire are worth backing to continue banishing the memories of their 2022 shocker.
Jordan Cox Oval Invincibles Top Run Scorer @ 9/2
Oval Invincibles were grateful for their batting depth in Wednesday’s win against the Spirit as their West Indian all-rounder Sunil Narine, coming in at number eight, saw them home with an unbeaten 13 off just five balls.
Earlier in the innings, Jordan Cox had made 22 at number three and the 22-year-old, one of the few Invincibles players yet to be capped at international level, looks a tempting price to be their top runscorer on Sunday.
Cox had an impressive campaign last summer, scoring 191 runs off 133 balls in just six innings in The Hundred, while he has been second in the batting averages for his county Kent in the last two T20 Blast seasons. His Blast efforts this summer included a brilliant unbeaten 82 from just 44 deliveries against Sussex at Hove and he is well worth a bet to outshine his fellow batters for the Invincibles.