We’re into the business end of the Hundred competition and on Thursday we have our usual double header from Trent Bridge, where Trent Rockets take on Manchester Originals. We’ve previewed the evening mens game and given you our best bets.
It’s a bit of a logjam in the men’s standings, with as many as five teams on 5 points apiece including the two opponents on Thursday evening.
Trent Rockets (4/5) held on against Welsh Fire last time out, thanks to a superb 66 from Colin Munro.
Now they take on a Manchester Originals (20/21) side, that also won in their most recent fixture, easily defeating rivals Northern Superchargers by 40 runs.
It’s business time in such a short tournament and sides need to think about winning at least two of their last three fixtures, to have any hope of making the eliminator stage.
It woud be a surprise if either side changed their teams up , given they’ve both just won their last game. That should mean the likes of Samit Patel and John Turner remain in the XI for the Rockets, as well as Josh Tongue and Ben Raine for the Originals.
Trent Rockets to win – 4/5
Trent Rockets can count themselves unfortunate to not still be unbeaten at this stage, as the two games they’ve lost were by just five combined runs.
Lewis Gregory’s side have been competitive in every game and are still hoping to repeat last year’s heroics.
The final last year saw the Rockets defeat these very opponents and they have won all three meetings between the clubs since this tournament’s inception.
Originals have been really inconsistent and look fragile when Buttler and Salt don’t fire at the top of the order.
Meanwhile the Nottingham based outfit bat really deep and look a stronger overall side.
Usama Mir top Originals wicket taker – 18/5
The big Pakistani leg-spinner has exploded on to the scene in the last year or so, breaking into the national ODI side and starring in the PSL.
That form convinced Manchester to take a chance on him and the 27-year-old has not let them down in the slightest.
With six wickets, including four in the big derby match against the Superchargers, Mir is a difficult proposition in the middle overs, skidding the ball on and with a good change of pace.