James Vince finished the 2022 T20 Blast as the leading run scorer in the competition and we are backing the captain to be Southern Brave’s highest run scorer in this game. Jake Lintott will get plenty of assistance and turn on this wicket and he is our tip for Southern Brave’s top wicket taker against Welsh Fire.
Ben Duckett scored 232 runs in the 2021 Men’s Hundred and hit the most fours in the competition. He is our pick for Welsh Fire’s highest run scorer. With the ball, Adam Zampa is one of the world’s best white ball spinners and he will also enjoy bowling on this pitch. We expect the Australian to be Welsh Fire’s top wicket taker in this match.
On his day, Tom Banton is one of the most powerful and clean hitting batters in English cricket. He is a strong choice to be the Player to Score Most Sixes.
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SOB vs WEF Match Prediction & Betting Tips, The Hundred 2022
The first game of the 2022 Men’s Hundred takes place on Wednesday evening at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton with Southern Brave hosting Welsh Fire. The hosts won the inaugural competition last year, beating Birmingham Phoenix by 32 runs at Lord’s in the Final. Welsh Fire won only three matches last year and finished next to bottom of the group stage. Read on as we preview this match. The game gets underway at 19:00 local time.
Southern Brave had a poor start to the 2021 competition but soon found their feet and went on to take the title. They have recruited strongly ahead of this season and have a team full of short-format stars.
Welsh Fire had a great start to last year’s campaign but fell away during the mid-latter stages. They have a group of young batters all of who are still yet to fulfil early promise. If they deliver then they could be real contenders.
Southern Brave vs Welsh Fire Match Live Streaming
TV channels: This match will be shown live on BBC Two and Sky Cricket.
Live Streaming: Fans can stream the match on the BBC iPlayer, SkyGo and the FanCode App.
SOB vs WEF Match Toss Prediction
Although Southern Brave won the Final last year batting first, they always chose to field first when they won the toss in 2021. We predict that both teams will want to field first in this match.
SOB vs WEF Pitch Report
Although the ball does not come onto the bat particularly quickly at this ground, it is a big outfield and there are always more 2s and 3s than at other grounds. There will be plenty of grip for the spin bowlers on this pitch.
Partly cloudy and humid from start to finish at the Ageas Bowl. The temperature will be at 25 degrees at the start of the match.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for Southern Brave vs Welsh Fire, The Hundred 2022
Southern Brave Team News & Playing 11
SOB Team News
The holders will be without star bowler Jofra Archer for the entire campaign after he was ruled out for the season due to a stress fracture to the lower back in May. Apart from that, they have a fully fit squad stocked with players who impressed during the T20 Blast.
SOB Key Players
James Vince - The skipper hit two half-centuries and finished as the third leading run scorer in the 2021 competition. Playing on his home ground, he will be keen to impress in this opening match.
Jake Lintott - The left-arm wrist spinner took 11 wickets at an average of 19.00 last season. He is recognised as one of the strongest white ball spinners in the English game.
Tymal Mills - The 29 year old left-arm pace bowler is one of the best short format bowlers in the world. He took eight wickets in the 2021 Hundred and was selected for England’s T20 World Cup squad as a result.
SOB Team Form
Southern Brave ended last season’s tournament in fantastic form and were fully deserved winners of the competition. They won their last five games to seal the trophy.
Southern Brave Predicted Playing 11
James Vince (c), Marcus Stoinis, Joe Weatherley, Alex Davies (wk), Tim David, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Jake Lintott, Daniel Moriarty, Tymal Mills, Michael Hogan
Welsh Fire Team News & Playing 11
WEF Team News
The franchise have picked a squad full of home-grown talent from the English game and a sprinkling of overseas talent. South Africa IT20 captain David Miller will miss this opening match but we expect Australian spinner Adam Zampa to play in this match. Jonny Bairstow withdrew from the competition on Tuesday and will be a big loss.
WEF Key Players
Joe Clarke - The 26 year old top order batter has been talked about as a future England international for many years. With Bairstow absent from the side, he has an opportunity to be the main batter for Welsh Fire.
Ben Duckett - The short left-handed top order batter was the second highest run scorer in the tournament last year. He got his first taste of the BBL during the 2021-22 season.
Adam Zampa - The leg-spinner was scheduled to play for Birmingham Phoenix in 2021 but was unable to fulfil the commitment. He enjoyed a fantastic 2021 T20 World Cup.
WEF Team Form
Welsh Fire ended the 2021 campaign with a three wicket victory against London Spirit at Lord’s but had lost their previous five matches.
Welsh Fire Predicted Playing 11
Josh Cobb (c), Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, Tom Banton (wk), Sam Hain, Ollie Pope, Ryan Higgins, Adam Zampa, David Payne, Jake Ball, George Scrimshaw
Welsh Fire won the first clash between the sides in Cardiff last season with Jonny Bairstow top scoring with 72 runs. However, Southern Brave got their revenge with an eight wicket win in Southampton in the return fixture.
SOB vs WEF Head to Head Stats in The Hundred
Southern Brave vs Welsh Fire Betting Odds
The bookmakers are predicting a close game to kick off the 2022 Men’s tournament and are backing the holders to get off to a winning start.
Who will win Southern Brave vs Welsh Fire Match?
With last minute changes to the personnel and leadership in the Welsh Fire side, Southern Brave have certainly had the more settled build-up to this game.
We are backing Tymal Mills, Chris Jordan and Jake Lintott with the ball for Southern Brave. Jordan is one of the most experienced white ball bowlers in English cricket and is brilliant at the end of the innings.
Jake Ball, David Payne and Adam Zampa are our bowling recommendations for Welsh Fire. Payne made his international debut for England earlier this summer and is a strong left-arm pace option.
After the success of the inaugural competition in 2021, there is a huge buzz around the country ahead of the start of the 2022 Men’s Hundred. Both teams have world class players on show and one key performance could be enough to win the game. We are predicting a tight contest with Southern Brave winning the match.
Southern Brave are favourites to beat Welsh Fire at odds of 1.66