In the Match 25 of the ongoing English Women’s ODD on Saturday, Lightning will welcome the challenge of Central Sparks at Haslegrave Ground in Loughborough. Lightning struggled in their last game, limping to 166 all out in response to Western Storm’s 228 for 7. It was always going to be tough for them after losing key batters Abigail Freeborn and captain Kathryn Bryce for a combined 11 runs. A win could see them move into fourth place, if results elsewhere go their way. Central Sparks, meanwhile, already have their place in the knockouts guaranteed. They sit in third place, just one point off leaders Northern Diamonds and second placed Southern Vipers. And with the two teams above them playing each other, a win will almost certainly see them move up into second.
This is the 25 clash of the English Women’s ODD tournament, and as things stand this is a must win game for both the sides. There is no doubt that fans can expect a close competition in this huge clash as both Lightning as Central Sparks are quality sides. As the points table suggests, this game has every chance to go down to the wire. In this clash, Central Sparks will be slight favourites to win.
There will be the equal opportunity for both the sides to play their best cricket. Lightning are placed at the 5th spot in the points table with 2 wins and 4 losses from their first 6 matches of the competition and is with 9 points. Central Sparks are placed at the 3rd spot points table with 5 wins and one loss from their 6 matches of the competition. The team has 22 points. So expect a marginal outcome between these two sides.
Fixture Name: Match 25
Competition: English Women’s ODD
Date: 18 September
Time: 3:00 PM IST
Team Form Guide:
LIG(recent last): L-L-W
CES(recent last): W-W-L
Ground: Haslegrave Ground, Loughborough
Pitch Report: The pitch of the Haslegrave Ground, Loughborough, is a balanced one, that offers assistance to both batsmen and bowlers. While the pitch provides help to pacers in the initial overs and spinners will play a crucial role in the middle overs.
The players like Evelyn Jones, Georgia Davies and Yvonne Graves will be vital picks due to their form and track-record. In the all-rounder category, Kathryn Bryce, Teresa Graves, Ria Fackrell and Em Arlott will be crucial. The bowlers like Kirstie Gordon, Sophie Munro and Isabelle Wong quite experienced and can deliver wickets at regular intervals.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Abigail Freeborn
BATSMEN: Evelyn Jones, Georgia Davies, Yvonne Graves
ALL-ROUNDERS: Kathryn Bryce, Teresa Graves, Ria Fackrell, Em Arlott
BOWLERS: Kirstie Gordon, Sophie Munro, Isabelle Wong
The Central Sparks are expected to win this game due to the solid batting and bowling department of the team. The Sparks side are favourites, having enjoyed a strong campaign thus far to see them into the knockout stages of the competition. Lightning are a good side, but it will be tough to beat the Sparks. So, expect Central Sparks to win this clash.
For Lightning, Ella Claridge has had something of a breakthrough year. Included in Lightning’s academy at the start of the season. She has scored 20 and an unbeaten 38 in last week’s match against Western Storm.
Kathryn Bryce is one of the most experience player of Lightning team and has the capability motivate the team. She is the top run-scorer for Lightning with 191 runs at a strike rate of 68. She has struck 18 fours and one six.
Kirstie Gordon will be on the look-out to keep performing well and dismissing the batters in regular manner. Gordon has been the best bowler for Lightning and has picked up 14 wickets while bowling at an average of 13 and an economy rate of 3.16.
Lightning will be without Tammy Beaumont, who is on England duty for their ODI series against New Zealand. There are no injury worries for them.
LIG Playing 11 (likely)
Central Sparks, lay claim to two of the most exciting bowling talents in Issy Wong and Ria Fackrell. Both have taken 11 wickets from their six games so far. In the batting department, Eve Jones will be looking to add to her tally of 230 runs.
The opening batsman will be vital for her side in this clash. She will be crucial to the team’s prospects as she has piled up 230 runs at a strike rate of 62 which is quite impressing.
She is another good pick in the Sparks team. She has been the best bowler for Central Sparks and has picked up 11 wickets while bowling at an average of 18 and an economy rate of 4.09.
For Central Sparks, Amy Jones and Sarah Glenn miss out, as their pair are also away with England. Other than that, they don’t have major issue before coming into this clash.
CES Playing 11 (likely)
Watch Lightning vs Central Sparks of English Women’s ODD Live score and streaming on Fancode. There is no doubt that this will be a wonderful experience to view the exciting cricketing action in the LIG vs CES clash.
The match between the Lightning and the Central Sparks of English Women’s ODD tournament will not be broadcasted on the television in India. The television broadcasting rights was not available for this series.
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