Two men's teams with work to do clash in the Hundred on Sunday evening as the Northern Superchargers host the Manchester Originals at Headingley.
Both teams possess a 2-3 record as thoughts turn to the battle for a top-three finish, but it's the Originals who should be the more confident side having won their last two matches.
Northern Superchargers v Manchester Originals Men, The Hundred
19:00, Sunday 21st August 2022
How to watch
Sky Sports Cricket & Mix
|Odds||Northern Superchargers Men 1/1, Manchester Originals Men 4/5|
Northern Superchargers ran out six-wicket winners when these teams met in their opener on 5th August but the Leeds-based franchise subsequently slipped to three successive losses before finally arresting their slide against Birmingham Phoenix on Friday.
Adam Lyth, who scored 56 runs, and Adam Hose (53) did early damage with the bat against Birmingham before South African-born Namibian David Wiese clubbed 34 from 14 balls to take them to 169.
Phoenix looked like being competitive but their challenge soon went up in flames as Wiese claimed figures of 3-15 and, to nobody's surprise, was named Match Hero for his efforts.
That triumph keeps the Superchargers in the hunt for a top-three berth but they know that they will probably have to win their remaining games, and that means winning at home for the first time this season.
Headingley has been an unhappy hunting ground for Faf du Plessis's men as they slumped to seven-wicket losses against both Trent Rockets and London Spirit - two teams who are very much in the hunt for the top three.
Such is their poor home form and the Originals' recent resurgence, the Superchargers can be backed at 1/1 to claim a much-needed victory but they'll probably need the batting to spark into life again.
Lyth, who has contributed 186 runs from five innings, is 12/5 to be the top Superchargers batsman and he could do with some support from former South Africa skipper Du Plessis, who has had a largely underwhelming season and has yet to break through the 100-run mark.
Manchester Originals' Hundred campaign began disastrously with three straight defeats but Jos Buttler's team have bounced back emphatically in their last two outings, beating Welsh Fire by 47 runs and Southern Brave by 68 runs.
And, for the most part, a batting order featuring Buttler, fellow England man Phil Salt, veteran Wayne Madsen and West Indies blaster Andre Russell has impressed - scoring in excess of 148 runs on four occasions, including twice in defeat.
The Originals' bowling attack came to the party in their last two games, Sean Abbott claiming 4-8 from 15 balls as they demolished Welsh Fire while a team effort helped them limit Brave to a total of 120.
But it's the batting power which is likely to decide the rest of their season and Buttler showed once again just why is the most destructive white-ball player in the game when cracking 68 from 42 balls on Thursday, an innings which included five sixes.
Russell matched that sixes total in a blistering unbeaten 64 from 23 balls, and that pairing as well as the similarly dangerous Salt could have the Superchargers' bowlers quaking in their boots at Headingley.
Unsurprisingly, England white-ball skipper Buttler is 5/2 to lead the way with the bat for the Originals, who are 4/5 to pick up the victory and 1/1 to hit over 7.5 sixes.
Who has done the best business?
Northern Superchargers Women v Manchester Originals Women, The Hundred
15:30, Sunday 21st August 2022
How to watch
Sky Sports Cricket & Mix
|Odds||Northern Superchargers 1/1, Manchester Originals 1/1|
Both the Northern Superchargers and Manchester Originals women's teams possess a 1-2 record after three matches, and given the truncated nature of the women's competition, this already appears to be a must-win contest.
Whoever claims the victory will find themselves firmly back in the mix for a top-three place while the losing franchise might as well kiss goodbye to the 2022 Hundred title.
The Superchargers won their only previous Headingley fixture, edging past London Spirit in a low-scoring contest on Tuesday, but their bowlers struggled against both Oval Invincibles and Birmingham Phoenix, which should encourage Manchester's batters, including West Indies star Deandre Dottin.
Manchester, meanwhile, have England's Sophie Ecclestone - the world's top T20 bowler - among their ranks and she may be required to snare the scalp of Australia's Alyssa Healy, who has yet to really catch fire but contributed a 28-ball 46 in Friday's loss to the Phoenix.
A close contest looks on the cards, as odds of 4/5 about the Superchargers and 1/1 about the Originals suggest, but if Healy and South Africa's Laura Wolvaardt fire, then the hosts may be able to edge to victory.
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