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The Hundred - Cricket: Northern Superchargers v London Spirit preview

London Spirit Men have been the early pacesetters in this year's competition and are looking to make it four wins on the spin when they face Northern Superchargers on Sunday.

In the women's tournament, it looks like a more open affair between the Superchargers and Spirit with both sides having started the 2022 tournament with defeats but there will also be some big hitters on display at Headingley.

What

Northern Superchargers Men vs London Spirit Men, The Hundred

Where

Headingley, Leeds

When

14:30, Sunday 14th August 2022

How to watch

BBC Two and Sky Sports Cricket

Odds

Northern Superchargers Men 11/10, London Spirit Men 8/11

London Spirit Men can maintain winning start

Wins over Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals suggested London Spirit Men had turned a corner after last year's unimpressive campaign but the capital outfit sent out a serious statement of intent with victory against Southern Brave last time out.

Spirit defeated 2021 champions Brave by nine runs on Friday, having got on top of the Southampton-based side quickly with openers James Vince and Quinton de Kock going for a duck and two respectively.

They are the only side in the men's tournament to have started with three successive wins and having Trevor Bayliss in the coaching position and Eoin Morgan as captain - the same combination which led England to World Cup glory in 2019 - is working wonders.

Spirit have batted first and defended totals in all three of their matches, so it remains to be seen how they will cope with a chase but they should have enough in their locker once again to swat aside Northern Superchargers, who have lost two of their three games.

Team cohesion has been key to Spirit's success so far with no individuals standing out as above the rest but Morgan has struck 85 in his three innings so far and could be worth a bet at 5/1 to be his side's top runscorer.

For the Superchargers, meanwhile, they have had to make do without Harry Brook recently with the top-order batsman on England Lions duty, but opener Adam Lyth has stepped up to the plate.

Lyth went for a duck against Trent Rockets but hit 51 and 79 either side of that and is worth backing at 5/6 to score over 22.5 runs.

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Depleted London Spirit Women could be worth opposing

What

Northern Superchargers Women vs London Spirit Women, The Hundred

Where

Headingley, Leeds

When

11:00, Sunday 14th August 2022

How to watch

Sky Sports Cricket

Odds

Northern Superchargers Women 1/1, London Spirit Women 4/5

Both Northern Superchargers Women and London Spirit Women began their 2022 campaigns in The Hundred with comprehensive defeats and they could be tough to separate at Headingley on Sunday morning.

While the Superchargers suffered a nine-wicket hammering against defending champions Oval Invincibles, Spirit lost by six wickets to last year's runners-up Southern Brave.

Spirit were marginally better than the Superchargers in last year's tournament, winning one more match in the regular season but they have since lost Tammy Beaumont to Welsh Fire and star captain Heather Knight is out injured.

And while the Superchargers lost star wicketkeeper-batter Lauren Winfield-Hill to Oval Invincibles, they still have power in their top order in Jemimah Rodrigues, who scored 51 from 32 balls in their opener.

With that in mind, the Superchargers could represent value to win this one at 1/1 and Rodrigues is also worth a bet to surpass her runs line of 24.5 at 5/6.

London Spirit Women also lost key bowler Deepti Sharma, who picked up 10 wickets in The Hundred last year, to Birmingham Phoenix in the off-season but their bowling line-up still looks pretty strong.

Experienced Australian bowler Megan Schutt has since come in and is fresh from taking eight wickets for her country in the recent Commonwealth Games tournament in Birmingham.

Schutt did not pick up a wicket in her team's opener but nonetheless bowled tightly, going for only 22 runs off her 20 deliveries.

She is a top bowler and last year became the second-fastest female to reach 100 ODI wickets. At 3/1 she could be a value bet to be her side's top wicket-taker.

Leg-spinner Amelia Kerr leads that market for London Spirit at 11/4 with Jess Kerr available at 15/4.

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