Birmingham Phoenix and Oval Invincibles will both be looking to build on impressive victories last time out when they meet at Edgbaston in The Hundred on Wednesday evening (Phoenix 10/11, Invincibles 10/11 – Match Betting).
The Phoenix (6/1 The Hundred Outright) ended a run of two straight defeats when surprisingly getting the better of table-toppers Trent Rockets last time out and they have yet to taste defeat on home soil in the competition.
After limiting the Rockets to 144/6 with the bat, Birmingham’s openers stepped up to the plate, with Will Smeed making a quickfire 36 off 13 balls, while Finn Allen top scored, smashing 43 from 23 deliveries, as the Phoenix cruised to victory with a full 26 balls to spare.
That result leaves Daniel Vettori’s side fifth in the standings, just a point and a place behind the Invincibles, while a win for either side on Wednesday could see them move top of the standings on a temporary basis at least.
The Invincibles (9/2 Outright) also claimed a first victory since the opening match of the men’s competition last time out, as they cruised to a six-wicket success over Welsh Fire.
Tom Moody saw his side chase down their target of 122 with seven balls to spare, as Sam Billings delivered a captain’s knock, finishing unbeaten on 40, while Laurie Evans provided the magic at the end of the innings, sealing the win with back-to-back sixes.
A win for either side on Wednesday would leave them well placed to secure a top-three finish and a spot in the final stages, while the losers’ qualifying hopes will be left dangling by a thread.
Prior to the men’s action getting underway, the women’s competition will also see the Phoenix host the Invincibles at Edgbaston (Phoenix 6/5, Invincibles 4/6 – Match Betting).
Ben Sawyer’s hosts cannot afford another defeat after losing three of their opening four games, while the visitors, led by captain Dane van Niekerk, will be looking to consolidate their place in the top-three of the standings.