Birmingham Phoenix travel to Emerald Headingley to face Northern Superchargers with places in the Finals and Eliminators up for grabs.
It’s all or nothing in the Women’s Competition with a win for either side putting them into third whilst a loss would mean an end to their top three ambitions.
Superchargers currently occupy third but after a fantastic start, 3 wins and 1 rained off result, they have slipped with three losses on the bounce. Whilst they have the advantage in currently being a third, Phoenix would leapfrog them with a victory.
Phoenix have found a resurgence in form, winning only once from their opening five. They had to win their final three to give themselves a chance at finishing top three. And they have managed two out of the three so far, the final step being victory at Emerald Headingley.
Whilst Jemimah Rodrigues is top run-scorer in the competition so far, she could also call upon some backup from batting partners Laura Wolvaardt, who has 149 runs so far, and Alice Davdison-Richards, who has 107 runs so far. Spinner Linsey Smith has impressed with 8 wickets for her side and has the fifth fewest runs conceded per ball of the Women’s Competition.
Shafali Verma and Evelyn Jones have both been key in Phoenix rising from the ashes, especially in the victory against Welsh Fire. The pair registered the first 10-wicket win in the competition. With the ball, Kirstie Gordon has been an important figure for her side. She is fourth-top wicket-taker with 12 to her name so far.
Despite their fantastic net run rate, Superchargers Men are unable to make the top three. Though they started poorly, they found some form in 3 wins from 4 but it wasn’t enough to put them in contention in the final group stage match.
As for Phoenix, they are guaranteed to be in the Eliminator at the very least but victory would put them into the final on Saturday. After a rocky start, 1 win and 2 losses from their first 3, they’ve gone on to win their next 4 in a row.
Batter Harry Brook is one of the competition’s top run-scorers with teammates John Simpson and David Willey also putting in a good innings for Superchargers recently. Adil Rashid has been important with the ball, taking the most wickets in the Men’s Competition with 12 but the nearest in the Superchargers’ ranks for wickets taken is 6.
The loss of captain Moeen Ali may be felt by Phoenix, but they have strength in depth with both the bat and the ball. Liam Livingstone and Will Smeed have both put in big scores for their side with the bat, showing their ability to hit boundaries regularly. Imran Tahir has stepped up with the ball, taking 9 wickets so far and the first Hundred hat-trick at Edgbaston and here's another reason to rewatch that magical spell.