Southern Brave v Welsh Fire Cricket Predictions & Betting Tips | Sports News
Gareth Copley – ECB
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James Vince led Southern Brave to glory in The Hundred last year
Gareth Copley – ECB
Free cricket tips, best bets and analysis for Southern Brave Men v Welsh Fire Men in The Hundred on Wednesday.
where to watch
BBC Two, Sky Sports Cricket & Main Event, TikTok, 7 p.m.
1pt 8-11 Coral, Ladbrokes
Southern Brave were crowned champions in The Hundred’s inaugural season last year, but started their campaign with back-to-back losses and will be looking for a stronger start to the 2022 edition of the franchise tournament.
Brave eventually found their feet to win five of their eight regular season games in The Hundred before beating Trent Rockets in the eliminator and defeating Birmingham Phoenix in the final.
Although their side have been more disrupted by international cricket this season, they have retained the same core with Quinton de Kock, James Vince and Ross Whiteley making up a dangerous batting contingent.
De Kock, however, will miss this opener due to international commitments.
The versatile Australian Marcus Stoinis has been added to the group and Southern Brave should imagine their chances of justifying the 8-11 favoritism against Welsh Fire.
Cardiff-based Fire ended The Hundred’s first season with five losses from eight games and the division’s worst net run rate (-0.827).
They were one of the teams to capitalize on Southern Brave’s early vulnerabilities last season, beating them by 18 points in July 2021.
But by the time Brave hit their stride in August, they’ve recorded an eight-wicket triumph over Fire and they might be too strong again.
Welsh Fire attempted to add depth to their ranks with the arrivals of Australian spinner Adam Zampa and South African batsman David Miller, but they were criticized for being too reliant on Jonny Bairstow last season.
And they can’t afford to do the same again given their main man Bairstow enters this tournament after a turbulent summer of action with England.
They might struggle to match Southern Brave at the Rose Bowl on opening night.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 2:45 PM, AUGUST 2, 2022