The latest men’s clash in The Hundred takes place on Monday evening, when the Trent Rockets and Northern Superchargers meet at Trent Bridge.
Having lost their first game of the tournament and facing up to the fact that this is likely to be Ben Stokes’ final game for this year’s event, the visitors will be well aware how important this match will be to their hopes of success.
One man looking to make his mark is Harry Brook, after catching in the eye in the five-run defeat to the Welsh Fire at Headingley on Saturday.
The Yorkshire batsman – 4/1 to be Northern’s top run scorer – smashed 62 from just 31 balls to not only gain plaudits from the media, but also from his Superchargers team-mate Stokes.
The England all-rounder said: “He (Brook) just takes the game on from ball one. He is not scared of any situation, he is not frightened of any bowler and he just sticks to what works for him.”
It looks like a tough ask though for Darren Lehmann’s men as they face a Rockets team (4/1 – Tournament Outright) that cruised to a nine-wicket win over Southern Brave in their opening match.
Former South Africa pace bowler Marchant de Lange (16/5 – team top wicket-taker) took five wickets in that success for the Midlands outfit, while Dawid Malan and D’Arcy Short both hit half-centuries for the Rockets.