CES vs WS: The iconic Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham is all set to host the 6th match of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2021 between Central Sparks and Western Storm.
Both teams are coming into this encounter after having defeated their respective opponents in their previous game.
Central Sparks squared off against Northern Diamonds in their season opener. The latter side batted first and were bowled out for 279 runs. Opening batswoman Lauren Winfield scored 110 runs off 126 balls. Sparks’ bowler Issy Wong led the bowling attack with a five-wicket haul to her name.
In response, wicket-keeper batswoman Amy Jones scored 114 runs from 114 balls along with an unbeaten 71 runs contribution from spinner Sarah Glenn. These two ensured that the Central Sparks get past the line with ease. They won the game by two wickets and 10 balls to spare.
The game between Western Storm and Thunder saw a nail-biting finish. The Thunder posted a total of 291/8 after 50 overs courtesy of a century by opening batswoman Emma Lamb. Piepa Cleary also did her part but contributing 79 runs to the team’s tally. Talking about Storm’s bowlers, Anya Shrubsole and Georgia Hennessy picked up three wickets each.
In reply, Western Storm chased the target off the last delivery and won the game by one wicket. Heather Knight scored 91 runs and she was supported by Anya Shrubsole, who remained unbeaten during her quickfire knock of 61 runs off 41 balls. They both, along with a handful of runs contributed by the other batters ensured the side gets four full points.
Match: Central Sparks vs Western Storm
Date & Time: 31st May 2021, 3:00 PM IST
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
CES vs WS Head-to-Head
The two teams haven’t played against each other in the competition. This is the first time they’ll be competing against each other.
The pitch at Edgbaston is a high scoring wicket while being equally advantageous to bowlers as well. Over the years it has seen a lot of high scoring encounter with equal opportunities for the team’s batting first and second.
It is forecasted to be sunny on match day with no chances of precipitation.
CES vs WS Predicted Playing XI
Amy Jones(wk), Marie Kelly, Evelyn Jones(c), Gwenan Davies, Milly Home, Stephanie Butler, Ria Fackrell, Sarah Glenn, Elizabeth Russell, Emily Arlott, Issy Wong
Natasha Wraith(wk), Sophie Luff(c), Danielle Gibson, Lauren Parfitt, Heather Knight, Georgia Hennessey, Fi Morris, Nicole Harvey, Mollie Robbins, Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Filer
CES vs WS Dream11 Team Prediction
Wicketkeeper: Amy Jones
Batswomen: Sophie Luff, Ria Fackrell, Marie Kelly, Danielle Gibson
All-rounders: Heather Knight (captain), Emily Arlott, Georgia Hennessey (vice-captain)
Bowlers: Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Glenn, Issy Wong