We’ve said goodbye to the group stage, now it’s time for the Eliminators. An all or nothing match. Winners go to the final, losers go home. Let’s look at who is involved in these high-stakes matches.
Oval Invincibles V Birmingham Phoenix
In the Women's Competition, it’s home advantage to Invincibles as The Kia Oval plays host to the Eliminators. Will the home crowd help push them over the line or will the Phoenix rise to spoil the party?
The home side managed 4 wins, 3 losses and 1 washed out match in their 8 group stage appearances. Whilst they suffered the occasional dip in form, they were consistent in bouncing back with a win.
For Phoenix, it really was a case of them rising from the ashes. With only 1 win in their opening 5 matches, it looked unlikely that they would be involved going into the last set of group stage fixtures. Fast forward through 3 wins on the bounce and captain Amy Jones has helped guide them into third place.
When these two sides met earlier in the competition, it swung the way of the Invincibles. Captain Dane van Niekerk put in a massive 67 not out, with fellow opener Georgia Adams also scoring 42 runs, which helped the side claim victory. Tash Farrant was also a key player for her team, taking 3 wickets in the first innings.
However, that was Phoenix’s last defeat. They have been moving in one direction since and that’s upwards. Will history repeat itself for the home side or will Phoenix prove to be an unstoppable force?
Southern Brave V Trent Rockets
In the men’s competition, two titans clash. Brave are the in-form side but Rockets have shown they deserve to be in the top three with a chance at getting to Finals Day.
After losing their first two, Southern Brave have been on a streak that led them to a second-place finish. They haven’t lost since, winning 5 out of their last 6 with 1 match rained off.
Rockets got off to a great start with 3 wins from their opening 3. Since then, they’ve seen the occasional dip in form but managed to get another 2 wins from their last 5 to sneak themselves into third place.
The two sides met each other in their first group fixture of the campaign with Rockets claiming victory at Trent Bridge. Marchant de Lange was a standout performer, taking the first 5-wicket haul of The Hundred. D’Arcy Short and Dawid Malan also put in good performances with the bat as they won by 9 wickets.
But since then, Brave have been on a roll whilst Rockets have stuttered. Will this one swing in the favour of Brave or will Rockets manage to blast-off into the Final?