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The Women’s Hundred Fantasy Game: CricViz Insight – Southern Brave are the team to beat

CricViz have teamed up with Sage to provide some tips and tricks into how to nail your team selection.

Leg spin to win

The opening six games in the women’s Hundred have seen plenty of success for leg spinners, with both the lowest average (16) and runs conceded per five (6.45) for any bowling type. The Australian duo of Amanda-Jade Wellington and Alana King are the joint leading wicket takers with four wickets apiece, the latter taking the first hat-trick in the women’s Hundred on debut at Old Trafford to lead her Trent Rockets side to victory.

Alana King’s ability to turn the ball both ways with her googly as well as the capability to provide handy contributions with the bat makes her a threat regardless of conditions. Her compatriot Amanda-Jade Wellington will be looking to continue her success down in Southampton for Southern Brave, where sides will often be attacking her in chase of large scores. Both Wellington and King should be among the first names on your fantasy team sheet, with fellow leg-spinners Amelia Kerr and Sarah Glenn not far behind them should the leg spin trend continue as the tournament progresses.

Southern Brave look like the team to beat

Last season’s beaten finalists Southern Brave have flown out the blocks once again with two wins from two, making their players some of the most sought after in the fantasy game. Brave’s top four of Smriti Mandhana, Danni Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley and Tahlia McGrath all boast recent form with the bat, contributing to scores above 150 for their batting unit in both games so far.

Smriti Mandhana particularly impressed during Brave’s victory against Oval Invincibles on Sunday with a quickfire 46 from just 25 balls against an attack featuring South African stars Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail – the Indian left-hander is one of the best at exploiting the early powerplay field restrictions in the world game and her continued aggression at the top should yield plenty of fantasy points going forward.

Target the fast scoring grounds for batters, slower scoring for bowlers

Southern Brave’s aforementioned dominance with the bat has also coincided with their home ground down in Southampton becoming the fastest scoring venue for batters in the Women’s Hundred so far and subsequently picking batters for games in Southampton looks like a sound tactic. Birmingham Phoenix batters such as Sophie Devine will be looking to exploit the fast scoring deck at Edgbaston providing it’s had time to recover following the Commonwealth games – Phoenix have back-to-back home games coming up making her an excellent fantasy pickup. 

On the other hand, bowlers should be first on your target list for games at Old Trafford and Lord’s, with Manchester Originals’ Sophie Ecclestone and London Spirit’s Megan Schutt the prime targets for their sides at their home grounds.

Double down on Dottin

Manchester Originals star Deandra Dottin may have recently retired from the international game but she didn’t hold back with her performance with the ball on Saturday, returning figures of 2-21 from her four sets of five.

Dottin was noticeably hostile throughout the innings, showing speeds above 70mph and targeting opposing batters with the short ball, two of which brought her wickets. 

Dottin is one of the best players in the world and is generally regarded as a true triple threat player considering her ability to affect matches with the bat, ball and in the field – with two matches in the upcoming block for Manchester Originals, Dottin should be a lock in your fantasy team.

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