In a much-awaited clash at The Rose Bowl, Southampton, the Southern Brave Women are set to take on the Welsh Fire Women in the 5th game of The Hundred Women’s Competition 2023. The Southern Brave Women came into this game with a convincing win against the Trent Rockets Women, while the Welsh Fire Women’s last game against Manchester Originals Women was abandoned due to rain.
The Southern Brave Women have been in top form and have a strong record at their home ground, winning nine out of the games they have played at The Rose Bowl. Moreover, they have a perfect record against the Welsh Fire Women, having won all three games the sides have played against each other. This sets up an uphill challenge for the Welsh Fire Women, and they will need to bring their A-game to overcome the formidable Southern Brave Women.
Anya Shrubsole’s side displayed an impressive performance in their first game, securing a 27-run victory against the Trent Rockets Women. Danielle Wyatt and Smriti Mandhana provided a solid start at the top in the last game, scoring 83 runs together. The middle order, consisting of Maia Bouchier, Freya Kemp, and Chloe Tryon, has been in good touch, while Georgia Adams, Rhianna Southby, and Maitlan Brown add strength to their batting lineup.
The Southern Brave Women’s bowling attack, led by Anya Shrubsole and Chloe Tryon, put up a commendable performance in the last match. Mary Taylor and Georgia Adams were also brilliant with the ball, adding to the team’s bowling depth.
On the other side, the Welsh Fire Women, led by Tammy Beaumont, will be eager to put up a strong show. Their opening pair of Beaumont and Sarah Bryce will be crucial in providing a solid start. The middle order comprising Laura Harris, Sophia Dunkley, and Alex Griffiths will be tasked with building partnerships. The team boasts a formidable lower middle order with Hayley Matthews, Georgia Elwiss, and Shabnim Ismail expected to contribute with the bat.
In the bowling department, Welsh Fire Women will look to Shabnim Ismail and Alex Hartley to deliver with the new ball, especially considering the good form of Southern Brave’s top order. Freya Davies’ knowledge of the conditions will be valuable, and Georgia Elwiss will have a significant role in supporting the team’s bowling attack.
Considering the recent performances and the head-to-head record, Southern Brave Women are the favorites to emerge victorious in this clash. Their strong batting line-up, in-form bowlers, and home advantage make them a formidable force. However, the Welsh Fire Women will be determined to turn the tables and secure a win against an opponent they have not defeated in the past. Expect an exciting contest as both teams vie for supremacy in The Hundred Women’s Competition 2023.