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The Hundred - Cricket: Trent Rockets v Oval Invincibles preview

Trent Rockets and Oval Invincibles cannot be separated in The Hundred nor can the two franchises be separated in the women's competition, so something's got to give in Wednesday's double-header from Trent Bridge.

Three straight wins after losing their opener have vaulted Oval Invincibles on to the coat-tails of neighbours London Spirit and they'll be confident of landing 4/5 odds at Trent Bridge against the 1/1 Rockets.

Their match is preceded by the Women's Hundred showdown, an afternoon tussle between two teams on two points from two games and the Invincibles are 8/11 shots, the Rockets 11/10.

Rockets hoping to cut to the chase


Trent Rockets v Oval Invincibles, The Hundred


Trent Bridge, Nottingham


19:00, Wednesday 17th August, 2022

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Trent Rockets 4/5, Oval Invincibles 1/1

If Invincibles' skipper Sam Billings wins the toss at Trent Bridge on Wednesday night, then the formbook screams 'put the Rockets in!'

Trent Rockets have chased three times in the 2022 Hundred and won all three. Last time out, away at Birmingham Phoenix, they lost the toss, were asked to bat and crashed to an emphatic seven-wicket loss.

Okay, it's not a huge sample and, anyway, batting second after winning the toss seems to be a given with both these sides.

The hosts are 4/5 to snap their losing streak at one and they'll be looking to the top of the order for the platform where Dawid Malan and Alex Hales have been in sparkling form. For the first time this year both missed out against the Phoenix on Monday so both will be gagging to hit back.

Malan, their top scorer with 217 runs at 72, is 5/2 to be top Trent runscorer, Hales – with 143 quick-fire runs to his name – is 5/2. It's worth noting that their top bat at Edgbaston on Monday was Daniel Sams – who came in at just eight! It's 40/1 that lightning strikes twice and Sams tops the lists once more.

Will Jacks is 10/3 to be top Invincibles' runscorer and he's bang in form following his record-breaking fireworks at The Oval on Sunday night.

Jacks hammered an unbeaten 108 off just 48 balls in the win over Southern Brave, clattering eight sixes and ten fours with the highest individual score posted yet in The Hundred.

Jason Roy, Rilee Roussouw, skipper Billings, all glorious hitters in their own right, departed the scene early leaving centre stage to Jacks to make sure the home team cruised past the Brave's 137-6 with 18 balls to spare.

Seamers Reece Topley and Sam Curran had earlier bowled 22 dot balls between them and how they go against Malan and Hales could well determine the outcome. And so good are they at what they do, that the Invincibles look the bet.

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Trent Rockets Women v Oval Invincibles Women, The Hundred


Trent Bridge, Nottingham


15:30, Wednesday 17th August, 2022

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Trent Rockets Women 11/10, Oval Invincibles Women 8/11

The defending champs in the Hundred Women, Oval Invincibles, made a call which perplexed many in the commentary box last time out, when captain Dane van Niekirk was left out against Southern Brave – and it backfired spectacularly.

Van Niekirk, who led the Invincibles to glory last year, captained the Surrey franchise to a nine-wicket win in their opener against Northern Superchargers – yet was omitted from their second game, Sunday's showdown with the Brave.

How disruptive that proved to be is anyone's guess but the fact is they lost the match by 12 runs.

It's hard to imagine the South African star misses out again at Trent Bridge but with the eyes of the cricketing world burning through her, should she be trusted at 10/3 in top Invincibles' runscorer betting.

Lauren Winfield-Hill has top-scored in both matches thus far, so may well be preferred anyway at 13/5.

Trent Rockets, like their opponents, have won one and lost one, thrashing the Originals by 45 runs before succumbing to Birmingham by eight wickets.

Alana King, the hat-trick heroine of the win over Manchester, has so far taken five for 33 off 40 balls and her leg-spin success in conditions that might be less helpful than previously following the rains, may ultimately decide who wins this.

The Invincibles are 8/11 shots but look unsettled which appears to make the Rockets a bit of value at 11/10.

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