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Stu Forster

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Liam Livingstone’s Birmingham Phoenix may have too much for the Trent Rockets

Stu Forster

Free cricket tips, best bets and analysis for Trent Rockets v Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred on Saturday.

where to watch

BBC Two, Sky Sports main event and Sky Sports cricket, 2.30pm

Best bets

Birmingham Phoenix
1pt 10-11 Coral, Ladbrokes

Insight

An explosive Birmingham Phoenix side fell at the final hurdle in The Hundred last year and the Midlands outfit could do well again in 2022, starting with victory over regional rivals Trent Rockets in Nottingham.

Phoenix was the Hundred Men’s best regular season player in 2021, winning six of his eight games.

They then clinched in the final against Southern Brave but still look strong this year.

Birmingham have a top captain in the versatile Moeen Ali and a six machine in Liam Livingstone, who was named MVP in The Hundred’s inaugural season last year after scoring 348 runs in nine innings.

They also moved quickly to replace absentees Olly Stone and Tom Abell with Timm van der Gugten and Brett D’Oliveira drafted ready for the opener with the Rockets.

Trent Rockets also made the knockout stage last season, being dropped in the eliminator by Southern Brave.

But they lost home and away to regular season rivals Birmingham and ahead of this game there are doubts over the availability of key bowler Rashid Khan, who will be on international duty with Afghanistan at the start of next week.

Birmingham are simply a more cohesive team with bigger hitters and are worth throwing in a shadow of odds to start the season with a win at Trent Bridge.


FIRST POSTED AT 1:45 PM, AUGUST 5, 2022

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