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The Hundred 2022, match 4: WEL-W vs BHM-W Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Welsh Fire women vs Birmingham Phoenix women (WEL-W vs BHM-W)

Date: August 13, Saturday, 7:00 PM IST

Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Welsh Fire will take on Birmingham Phoenix in the fourth game of the women’s Hundred 2022 at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on August 13. Welsh Fire will be looking to put last season behind them, when they finished right at the bottom of the points table. For this season, they have roped in Tammy Beaumont, after the marquee player was drafted over from London Spirit. Also joining Welsh for this season is batter Fran Wilson and spinner Alex Hartley.

Birmingham Phoenix, on the other hand, won four of their eight group stage games last year to make it to the knockouts, where they were eventually knocked out after losing the eliminator to Oval Invincibles. The two big signings made by Phoenix for this season is Sophie Devine and Ellyse Perry. Also joining them this year is 15 year-old Davina Perrin, the youngest player to be a part of the tournament.

When Fire and Phoenix met last year, the latter registered a comprehensive win. Batting first, Welsh Fire scored 127 runs in 100 balls, which the Phoenix chased down in only 76 balls without losing any wickets. Openers Shafali Verma and Eve Jones scored a half century each.

Ahead of the fourth game of women’s Hundred 2022, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for WEL-W vs BHM-W

The pitch at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff is usually slow and does not have a lot to offer the batsmen. The toss-winning captain will look to chase after restricting the opponent to a small total. A total of 10 T20I matches have been played at this venue, of which 7 have been won by the teams bowling first. The average first innings score on this ground is 145 while the average second innings score is 138. The highest and lowest T20I total recorded at the Sophia Garden is 207 for 3 and 89 for 10.

The weather during the game will be pleasant and the sky will be clear. The temperature will fluctuate between 20 to 25 degrees. No rain is forecast.

Welsh Fire women team news and predicted XI

Team news – For this second edition of women’s Hundred, Welsh Fire have signed Tammy Beaumont, who played for London Spirit last year. Also joining Welsh for this season is batter Fran Wilson and spinner Alex Hartley.

Squad: Tammy Beaumont, Rachael Haynes, Annabel Sutherland, Fran Wilson, Alex Hartley, Fi Morris, Sarah Bryce, Hannah Baker, Lauren Filer, Katie George, Alex Griffiths, Nicole Harvey, Georgia Hennessy, Hayley Matthews, Claire Nicholas, Nicola Carey

Predicted XI: Tammy Beaumont, Rachael Haynes, Fran Wilson, Annabel Sutherland, Hayley Matthews, Sarah Bryce, Alex Giffiths, Alex Hartley, Claire Nicholas, Katie George

Birmingham Phoenix women team news and predicted XI

Team news: Birmingham Phoenix have signed star players Sophie Devine and Ellyse Perry, along with 15 year-old Davina Perrin.  After narrowly missing out on making it to the final last year, Phoenix will be looking to win the title this time.

Squad: Sophie Molineux, Sterre Kalis, Emily Arlott, Gwen Davies, Sophie Devine, Georgia Elwiss, Ria Fackrell, Phoebe Franklin, Kirstie Gordon, Amy Jones, Eve Jones, Ellyse Perry, Abtaha Maqsood, Issy Wong, Deepti Sharma, Davina Perrin

Predicted XI:  Sophie Devine, Amy Jones, Ellyse Perry, Eve Jones, Georgia Elwiss, Sterre Kallis, Deepti Sharma, Abtaha Maqsood, Emily Arlott, Issy Wong, Kistie Gordon

Head to head record

Welsh Fire and Birmingham Phoenix have met each other just once, when the latter won comprehensively by chasing 128 runs in 76 balls without losing any wickets.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for WEL-W vs BHM-W

Sophie Devine – all-rounder, Birmingham Phoenix

One of the best all-rounders in women’s international cricket, Sophie Devine is one of the star players of the fixture. Most recently at the Commonwealth Games, Devine scored a few fine knocks, including a half century each against England and Australia. She is also one of the most experienced players, having played 107 T20 internationals from which she has a batting average of more than 30 along with 104 wickets.

Hayley Matthews – all-rounder, Welsh Fire

Hayley Matthews was among the top 5 run-scorers in the inaugural edition of women’s Hundred. She scored 221 runs in eight innings at a strike rate of almost 120. With the ball, she was among the top 10 wicket-takers with 11 wickets in eight games. Overall in 64 T20 internationals, Matthews has 1133 runs and 60 wickets.

Tammy Beaumont – batter, Welsh Fire

Tammy Beaumont, who played for London Spirit last year, will be plying her trade for Welsh Fire this season. She has plenty of experience in franchise cricket, which includes four different teams in the Big Bash League. In international cricket, she has played 99 T20s, from which she has amassed 1721 runs at an average and strike rate of 23.90 and 108.37.

Ellyse Perry – batter, Birmingham Phoenix

Ellyse Perry is one of the best all-rounders in women’s international cricket and is also currently ranked second in the international ODI all-rounder rankings. She brings with her the experience of 126 T20Is, from which he has a batting average of 27.84 along with 115 wickets. This will be Perry’s debut season in the Hundred and she will be looking to make an instant impact with her experience. Perry has also won two BBL titles with Sydney Sixers.

Deepti Sharma – bowler, Birmingham Phoenix

Deepti Sharma picked up four wickets at the Commonwealth Games and also scored a few crucial knocks with the bat. Overall she has played 66 T20Is for India, from which she has taken 67 wickets.

MPL fantasy XI – WEL-W vs BHM-W

WEL-W vs BHM-W – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The WEL-W vs BHM-W game of the women’s Hundred 2022 will not be televised live in India. But you can watch the game on the Fancode app or also on Youtube. The match will begin at 7.00 PM IST on August 13.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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