Reigning champions Southern Brave will be aiming to get their title defence back on track when they take on Oval Invincibles in the men’s competition of The Hundred on Sunday (Brave 5/6, Invincibles 10/11 – Match Betting).
The Brave (5/1 – Outright) were crowned the tournament’s inaugural winners 12 months ago, beating Birmingham Phoenix by 32 runs in the final, with the likes of captain James Vince and bowler Tymal Mills (pictured) playing key roles in that success.
A victory in the opening match of this year’s tournament over Welsh Fire added to the feel-good factor surrounding the Brave, but since then they have suffered a revenge loss to Birmingham and been beaten by London Spirit, who finished bottom of the standings in 2021.
To add insult to injury, it has also been confirmed that paceman Mills will miss the rest of the tournament after undergoing toe surgery, also making him a doubt for the upcoming T20 World Cup, and he joins another Brave bowler, Jofra Archer, on the treatment table.
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All that does not bode well for the Brave ahead of their trip to the Oval to take on the Invincibles in Sunday’s 18:00 contest.
The Invincibles (5/1 – Outright) narrowly missed out on reaching the knockout stages of the men’s competition 12 months ago and they have bounced back from an opening defeat to the Spirit this year by recording wins over Welsh Fire and Northern Superchargers.
Brothers Tom and Sam Curran were among the stars during the Invincibles’ most recent victory over the Superchargers and captain Sam Billings will be hoping they can deliver once again on Sunday.
Sunday’s early match in the men’s competition will see the Spirit, who are top of the standings having won all three of their matches to date, take on the Superchargers at Headingley at 14:30 (Spirit 8/11, Superchargers 21/20 – Match Betting).
The Spirit (7/2 – Outright), led by captain Eoin Morgan and coach Trevor Bayliss, have certainly performed a major turnaround after only winning one game in last year’s competition.
Meanwhile the Superchargers (12/1 – Outright) have won just once in 2022 and they will be aiming to avoid a third-straight defeat when the Spirit come to town.
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