In the Match 28 of the ongoing English Women’s ODD on Saturday, Southern Vipers will welcome the challenge of Northern Diamonds at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Both sides have already qualified for the knockout stage of the competition. In fact, they’re level on points at the top of the table, though Diamonds are currently in first place on account of their superior net run rate. The winner will finish the group stage top, earning them automatic qualification for the final, while the loser could potentially slip into third place, meaning their route to the final would take a detour via the qualifier. Vipers come into the last game of the group stage having scraped past bottom-placed Sunrisers by one run in a high-scoring affair that saw the two sides rack up 617 runs between them. The Diamonds, meanwhile, comfortably saw off the Thunder to win their most recent match by 105 runs.
This is the 28th clash of the English Women’s ODD tournament. Both the sides will be looking for a win to secure the top spot of the table. There is no doubt that fans can expect a close competition in this huge clash as both these two are quality sides. The Southern Vipers are ranked second in the points table. They are in spectacular form following their latest triumph and will aim to continue their winning momentum in this encounter.
These two are the top two sides and there will be the equal opportunity for both the sides to display some wonderful cricket. Southern Vipers are placed at the 2nd spot in the points table with 5 wins and one loss from their first 6 matches of the competition. The team has 23 points. Northern Diamonds are placed at the top spot in the points table with 5 wins and one loss from 6 matches of the competition with 23 points in their kitty.
Fixture Name: Match 28
Competition: English Women’s ODD
Date: 18 September
Time: 3:00 PM IST
Team Form Guide:
SV(recent last): W-L-W
NOD(recent last): W-W-L
Ground: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Pitch Report: It’s been a good surface to bat on so far in this competition. As we witness another game, we can expect that there will be a lot of runs scored on the day. The boundaries aren’t too big as well, making it easy to score freely.
The players like Georgia Adams, Sterre Kalis and Maia Bouchier will be vital picks due to their form and track-record. In the all-rounder category, Georgia Elwiss and Hollie Armitage will be crucial. The bowlers like Beth Langston, Linsey Smith, Tara Norris, Katie Levick and Charlotte Taylor quite experienced and can deliver wickets at regular intervals.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Bess Heath
BATSMEN: Georgia Adams, Sterre Kalis, Maia Bouchier
ALL-ROUNDERS: Georgia Elwiss, Hollie Armitage
BOWLERS: Beth Langston, Linsey Smith, Tara Norris, Katie Levick, Charlotte Taylor
The Southern Vipers are expected to win this game though there is very little to separate these two mighty sides. There is no doubt that these two are the strongest sides in the competition, and it’s a tough one to call. But the Vipers perhaps slightly take the edge on paper, thanks to standout Hundred performers Maia Bouchier and Lauren Bell. Vipers to win by a slim margin.
For Vipers, Georgia Elwiss stands out. Her performance against Sunrisers was nothing short of dominant, smashing 112 in the first innings before sealing the deal with the ball at the death. She will certainly have a big role to play, as will Georgia Adams, who struck 50 last time around.
Georgia Adams is the player to watch in this match as she is the second-highest run-scorer for Southern Vipers. She has made 166 runs at a strike rate of 63 and can be a good pick for this clash.
Taylor will be on the look-out to keep performing well. She has been the best bowler for Southern Vipers and has picked up 11 wickets while bowling at an average of 16 and an economy rate of 3.05.
Southern Vipers will be without Danni Wyatt and Charlie Dean, with the duo included in England’s ODI squad to take on New Zealand.
SV Playing 11 (likely)
Diamonds seamer Beth Langston is another all-round contributor to keep an eye on. Against local rivals Thunder, Langston walloped 58 from just 30 balls coming in at No.8, before delivering seven overs for just 12 runs, including three maidens. Diamonds will be hoping she can replicate some of that magic and help secure a place in the final.
Sterre Kalis will be crutial for her side in this clash. She is the top run-scorer for Northern Diamonds with 208 runs at a strike rate of 72. She has struck 23 fours. BA Langston has also made 141 runs at a strike rate of 135.
She is another good pick in the team. Linsey Smith has been the best bowler for Northern Diamonds and has picked up 10 wickets while bowling at an average of 14 and an economy rate of 3.42.
For Northern Diamonds, Lauren Winfield-Hill and Kate Cross miss out for their involvement with England’s T20 squad. They don’t have major issue before coming into this clash.
NOD Playing 11 (likely)
Watch Southern Vipers vs Northern Diamonds 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 SV vs NOD clash.
The match between the Southern Vipers and Northern Diamonds 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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