Welsh Fire will seek to make it three wins from three when they take on Manchester Originals in the first of two The Hundred games on Saturday (Match Betting – Fire 21/20, Originals 8/11).
So far, the Glamorgan-based side have adapted seamlessly to the new format of the game, winning both of their first two games.
They defeated Northern Superchargers by just five runs in their first game while the second also yielded a close result with 18 runs separating them and Southern Brave.
England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow has been very impressive with the bat, striking 56 and 72 in his first two games but will be absent for this one, meaning Fire need to find an alternative source of runs.
That could come in the form of Ben Duckett (7/2 Welsh Fire Top Run Scorer), who has fared well so far, grabbing 94 runs over two innings.
However, Manchester’s Matt Parkinson (10/3 Originals Top Wicket Taker) – who impressed in England’s white-ball stint against Pakistan – has already taken five wickets so it should prove to be a close contest.
Later on Saturday, Northern Superchargers – minus Ben Stokes – will take on the Oval Invincibles at Headingley (Match Betting – Superchargers 10/11, Invincibles 10/11).
Stokes is taking an indefinite break from cricket due to a long-standing finger injury as well as mental health concerns.
It is certainly a blow for the Leeds-based side but Yorkshire’s Harry Brook has been outstanding so far.
The 22-year-old (3/1 Superchargers Top Run Scorer) has been tipped to break into the England setup soon and his haul of 100 runs in just two innings has certainly helped his cause.
The Invincibles have had one win and one washout from their two games thus far.
Captain Sam Billings (5/1 Invincibles Top Run Scorer) fell just short of a half-century in their win against the Originals with the visitors hoping to get into their stride on Saturday.