Northern Superchargers of Yorkshire and Glamorgan's Welsh Fire play their first match of the inaugural 'The Hundred' at Headingley on Saturday, and there are plenty of big names to keep an eye on.
Northern Superchargers vs Welsh Fire Betting Odds
Bookmakers are finding it difficult to separate these two teams with Northern Superchargers, who have 'Hero of Headingley' Ben Stokes in their ranks, 1/1 to win and Jonny Bairstow's Welsh Fire also 1/1 to prevail. The draw is 50/1.
There are plenty of big-hitters set to feature in this one, so it is no surprise to see a fifty to be scored in the match on offer at 1/5. Home side Superchargers, meanwhile, are 1/1 to have the highest opening partnership with Fire 10/11.
Northern Superchargers vs Welsh Fire Team News
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Stokes is undoubtedly the key man for Northern Superchargers and is set to feature even though he is still recovering from a finger injury.
But the Yorkshire side will have to work out a way to perform without him after the first couple of matches as the world-class batsman is set to join up with England for Test duty in August.
Fortunately for the Superchargers, they are also loaded with overseas quality in captain Faf du Plessis, Chris Lynn and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. And in terms of domestic talent, they can call on the likes of Adil Rashid, David Willey, Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Adam Lyth.
For opponents Welsh Fire, Ollie Pope is an injury doubt, while their non-English contingent is made up of Qais Ahmad as well as New Zealand duo Glenn Phillips and Jimmy Neesham. Jonny Bairstow and Tom Banton are arguably their greatest homegrown dangers.
Northern Superchargers vs Welsh Fire Prediction
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Bookmakers cannot call this one, and the season is in its infancy but comparing the squads, Northern Superchargers carry the greater threat.
Stokes has shown before what he is capable of doing at Headingley, while du Plessis ended last year with scores of 58, 11 and 52 in his country's Twenty20 series with England. This is, of course, a new format altogether, but the veteran can cause problems in the shorter game and Lynn is another influential figure at the crease.
As for Fire, their overseas talents are a touch underwhelming, and the absence of Pope will not help their cause.
A Superchargers win at 1/1 is therefore enticing, as is a bet on them to fire the most match sixes at 10/11. Stokes cleared the ropes in both of the innings he played in England's ODI series with Pakistan earlier this month and can help his side start on the right foot.
Northern Superchargers vs Welsh Fire Betting Tips
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who is playing?
Northern Superchargers vs Welsh Fire.A
Where is the match being played?
Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds.A
Can I watch the match live?
Yes, Sky Sports are covering the whole Hundred tournament live.A
What time does the match kick-off?
Saturday July 24, starting at 2.30pm.A