Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2021 - Western Storm vs North West Thunder
The first round match of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2021 between Western Storm and North West Thunder will be played at Bristol on May 29th, 2021.
North West Thunder will be coached by Paul Shaw and led by Alex Hartley this year. The team finished Third (North Group) in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2020.
Natalie Brown (189, 31.5) was the top run scorer for North West Thunder in 2020 while Alex Hartley (11, 15.45) picked up the most wickets in the last edition of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.
Emma Lamb is the player to watch out for North West Thunder. The contracted batting all-rounder was in England’s senior bubble last summer. The top-order batter bowls extremely useful off-spin. Aged 23, this is a key summer in her development.
Western Storm will be coached by Mark O'Leary and led by Sophie Luff this year. The team finished Second (South Group) in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2020.
Sophie Luff (339 at 67.80) was the top run scorer for Western Storm in 2020 while Fi Morris (11 at 21.82) picked up the most wickets in the last edition of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.
Heather Knight is the player to watch out for Western Storm. Vastly experienced and a talismanic figure, the England captain guarantees big runs at the top of the order and boasts a handy knack of taking key wickets with her off breaks.
Let's have a look at the squads:
North West Thunder - Alex Hartley (c), Georgie Boyce, Natalie Brown, Alice Clarke, Daniella Collins, Kate Cross, Rebecca Duckworth, Alice Dyson, Sophie Ecclestone, Liberty Heap, Laura Jackson, Hannah Jones, Emma Lamb, Daisy Mullan, Olivia Thomas, Ellie Threlkeld, Sophia Turner
Western Storm - Sophie Luff (c), Lauren Parfitt, Heather Knight, Alex Griffiths, Georgia Hennessy, Emma Corney, Niamh Holland, Olivia Churcher, Abbie Whybrow, Nat Wraith, Claire Nicholas, Danielle Gibson, Anya Shrubsole, Fi Morris, Katie George, Emily Edgcombe, Steph Hutchins, Lauren FIler
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Western Storm
Who will win? – Western Storm
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Sophie Luff (Western Storm), Natalie Brown (North West Thunder)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Fi Morris (Western Storm), Alex Hartley (North West Thunder)
Most Sixes – Sophie Luff (Western Storm), Natalie Brown (North West Thunder)
Player of the Match – Sophie Luff
Team Scores Batting first – Western Storm 200+, North West Thunder 190+
Match Handicap Western Storm
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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