Loughborough Lightning and Yorkshire Diamonds, sitting at second and third at the bottom in the Kia Super League 2019, will feel the upcoming match as extremely important for their chances to qualify for the knockouts.
The match between Loughborough Lightnings and Yorkshire Diamonds in the Kia Super League 2019 will take place at the Haslegrave Ground, Loughborough at 1:30 pm GMT.
Yorkshire Diamonds have not been able put up a great showing so far in the tournament despite a decent squad. Australina wicket keeper batsman Alyssa Healy is well known for her hitting abilities at the top of the order. Jemimah Rodrigues and Alice Davidson Richards in the middle order are also notable strikers of the ball. Although they haven’t found their rhythm yet, they can prove to be a great threat to opponents. Helen Fenby and Leigh Kasperek are notable names in the bowling lineup with five and four wickets respectively in four matches.
Though not on top of her form, The hard hitting capabilities of Alyssa Healy should make her a good choice of captain.
Loughborough Lightning got off to a slow start in the 2019 Women’s Cricket Super League. They have lost three of their four games to Western Storm, Southern Vipers and Western Storm respectively. They only had a win against Yorkshire Diamonds where the opener got off to a flying start. The Lightnings now have two wins in five matches. They will want to win all the remaining matches. Opener Amy Jones and Hayley Matthews is also in form. But the problem seems to be their middle-order with Chamari Atapattu, Georgia Elwiss & Mignon Du Preez not contributing to many runs. Much will be dependent on them if they want to win the game. With five wickets at an economy of 5.25, Sarah Glenn seems to be a good pick for fantasy leagues.
Predicted Playing XI
Hayley Matthews, Amy Ellen Jones (WK), Chamari Athapaththu, Georgia Elwiss (C), Mignon du Preez, Georgia Adams, Jenny Gunn, Kathryn Bryce, Sarah Glenn, Tara Norris, Kirstie Gordon
Lauren Winfield (C), Alyssa Healy (WK), Hollie Armitage, Jemimah Rodrigues, Cordelia Griffith, Alice Davidson-Richards, Helen Fenby, Linsey Smith, Leigh Kasperek, Beth Langston, Katie Levick.
Injury and Availability News:
As of now, there do not seem to be any injury concerns. But the major problem for Loghborough would be their middle order that hasn’t been on top of its form. They would want the likes of Chamari Atapattu, Georgia Elwiss & Mignon Du Preez to come good in these big matches, which can decide their fate in the tournament.
Weather and pitch report
The weather forecast for Sunday is around 20 degree Celsius with 62 % humidity. The day should be partly cloudy. The timings of the match see the the sun beating down on the pitch before the start, removing any moisture from it. This should make it good for batting, and even better as the day progresses. Hence, the team winning the toss might look to chase.
In the last five meetings between the two teams, the lightnings came out on top on three of the occasions. Most of the matches have been low scoring affairs and each of them would want their bowlers to fire again.
Dream XI Prediction Team:
Wicketkeeper: Alyssa Healy, Amy Ellen Jones
Batters: J Rodrigues, M D Preez, C Atapattu
All-rounders: H Matthews, H Fenby
Bowlers: S Glenn, A Davidson-Richards, K Gordon, L Smith
Captain & Vice-captain: A Healy and M D Preez