Date & Time: Tuesday, August 20, 23:00 IST
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Lancashire need nothing less than a win
One of Tuesday’s tripleheader in Women’s Super League, Loughborough Lightning who is placed at No.3 and Lancashire Thunder which is at the bottom face off each other in the crucial encounter at Manchester. Lancashire after a slow start to the season has found some momentum in the last two games and now a couple of more wins will eventually see them through the Top.3. On the other hand, Loughborough is yet to open their account in the season and a loss now will eventually end their season. So Loughborough needs to win all the remaining games and also have to hope others’ results to go in their favor to stay alive in the season.
Loughborough might consider bringing in an extra batswoman into the playing XI. Lancashire, on the other hand, is likely to stick with the winning combination.
It is the first match of the Women’s Super League in Manchester. The surface here is usually known to favor batting so a high-scoring game is on the cards. The forecast is for a few showers early in the morning but there is no rain threat for the match in the evening.
The main reason for Lancashire’s poor show so far has been their batting. Apart from Harmanpreet, no other batswoman scored a half-century in the season. She has scored 210 runs in 6 matches played so far and placed at no.2 in the leading scorer’s list of the season. Expect the first match, she has scored at least 20 points in every single game.
Mignon du Preez
The Loughborough Lightning’s middle-order batswoman leading the run charts for the side. She has scored 180 runs in 5 games at an average of 60. She crossed 30+score consecutive times in the last 3 games in which she was unbeaten twice.
One of the most sorted out all rounders has lived up to the expectations on her. She has been incredibly good for Loughborough in the season. She has chipped in with 7 wickets from 5 matches and also proved to be more than a handy batswoman at the top of the order.
Lancashire Thunder may have struggled to score runs, but they bowled well so far in the season. Lamb has been the leader of the attack by chipping in with 8 wickets from 6 matches. Adding to it, she also proved to be useful middle-order batswomen which makes her a must-have player in today’s match