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The Hundred: Welsh Fire v Southern Brave preview

Having won the men's tournament last year, Southern Brave are having a tough time of it in The Hundred this season, but have a chance to get back to winning ways when they visit the winless Welsh Fire on Monday.

Welsh Fire Women are also yet to get off the mark with a win this term, while Southern Brave Women have won all three of their matches and should be in high spirits as they head to Sophia Gardens.

Vince remains Brave's best hope at the crease


Welsh Fire Men vs Southern Brave Men, The Hundred


Sophia Gardens, Cardiff


18.30, Monday 22nd August 2022

How to watch

BBC Two, Sky Sports Cricket & Sky Sports Mix

OddsWelsh Fire Men 11/8, Southern Brave Men 4/7 

Southern Brave have already lost twice as many matches in this year's Hundred (four) as they did in the inaugural season last year (two) and their dominant aura is all but gone.

They have picked up only one win in the tournament this season and their most recent defeat - a 68-run thrashing by Manchester Originals - became the biggest margin of victory for any team in the men's Hundred this year.

Quinton de Kock and James Vince could only make 21 and 20 on that occasion, before a middle-order collapse and it is fair to say that the Brave's dearth of pace bowlers is putting pressure on their batters.

Bowler Tymal Mills enjoyed a great season for Brave last year, but has been ruled out for the rest of the 2022 tournament after he aggravated a toe injury and the same goes for Chris Jordan, who suffered a blow to the finger in a recent match against London Spirit.

That leaves Brave seriously depleted and out of form and while the Fire are also in the midst of a terrible season with four straight defeats to their name, the disparity between the teams does not warrant the difference in match prices.

Instead, punters should look at a player bet and back Vince at 5/6 to score over 22.5 runs in Cardiff.

No player has had a standout campaign for Brave so far, but Vince has been solid, scoring 123 runs in five matches, meaning he is averaging 24.60 and he of course led Hampshire Hawks to Twenty20 Blast success earlier in the year.

He will know better than anyone how important a win in this match will be and can be expected to play a touch more conservatively to steer his team in the right direction.

He also leads the way in Brave's top batter market at 11/4, with de Kock also available at 11/4.

Wyatt can lead Brave charge against dwindling Fire


Welsh Fire Women vs Southern Brave Women, The Hundred


Sophia Gardens, Cardiff


15.00, Monday 22nd August 2022

How to watch

BBC Two, Sky Sports Cricket & Sky Sports Mix

OddsWelsh Fire Women 13/8, Southern Brave Women 1/2 

There is a greater gulf in class between the Welsh Fire Women and Southern Brave Women.

Fire are rooted to the foot of the women's standings with two defeats from two games, whereas Brave have started their campaign with victories over London Spirit, Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals.

It is no surprise then to see them priced at 1/2 to beat Fire, who lost by 11 runs to Manchester Originals last time out and who can be backed at 13/8 to win this one.

But once again the better value in this match is not in the match result markets, but in the player markets.

Coming into this tournament there were concerns about the form of England duo Sophia Dunkley and Danni Wyatt for the Brave, given their inconsistent performances at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

However, Wyatt in particular has brushed those fears aside with 110 runs scored from 74 balls across three innings this season and she is worth a bet at 5/6 to score over 19.5 runs, which she did in their most recent win over Originals - striking 31 off 24 balls.

And she could also be a value selection in the Brave top batter market at 11/4, while Smriti Mandhana can be backed at 12/5 in the same market.

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