David Willey

The ultimate guide for The Men’s Hundred Match No.7, Northern Superchargers vs Trent Rockets, at Headingley, Leeds

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Northern Supercharges – Team Notes

Batting Options: 8 if Wahab Riaz replaces David Wiese; otherwise, 9

LHB Options: 3 in the Top 6 (if John Simpson plays)

  • Opportunity Alert – Brings Matt Carter’s and possibly Joe Root’s off-spin into play.

Main Bowling Options: 

  • Threat Alert – One of the bowlers will be underbowled. Given that the opposing batting unit has two quality left-handers in its top four and is generally good at playing spinners, Roelof van der Merwe is the one who is unlikely to complete his quota.

Support Bowling Options: 1 (Adam Lyth)

  • Opportunity Alert – While using a support spinner against left-handers when Alex Hales is at the crease may be a big risk, if the Superchargers can get Colin Munro and Dawid Malan together, they will try to get an over or two out of Lyth.

Spin trio: Covered (SLA, Legspin, Offspin all in)

In Form: Adam Lyth, Adam Hose, David Willey

Out of Form: Matthew Potts

Express Pace: Not available 

Slow ball variations: Available 

New ball value: Available 

Big Name(s) on the bench: Callum Parkinson 

Callum Parkinson is a high-quality left-arm spinner who is also in good form. The only reason he can’t make the XI in this side is van der Merwe, who, while not as good as Parkinson as a bowler, provides value with the bat as well – and all-round value is something that teams absolutely love to have in their XI, even if it means sacrificing the primary skill.

Potential Changes: Harry Brook out, John Simpson in; Wahab Riaz in, David Wiese out 

Harry Brook is one of 13 England Lions players who will face South Africa in a four-day match starting today. John Simpson, the wicketkeeper-batter, is expected to take his place. While the 34-year-old struggled in the Blast, he has been in good First Class form leading up to this tournament.

  • John Simpson in the Vitality Blast 2022 (Avg/SR): 15/120
  • John Simpson’s last 5 FC innings: 132, 109, 7, 26, 92

Wahab Riaz was reportedly unable to play in the first game due to VISA issues. He has since joined the team and is available for this game. Out of the four overseas options available to the Superchargers, Faf du Plessis cannot be dropped despite his indifferent form of late due to his captaincy role; and Dwayne Bravo is too big a name to be dropped even when he is not in form, and this time he is also bowling reasonably well. This puts Wiese, who gave up 45 runs in 20 balls in the first game, in the spotlight. Despite his impressive cameo with the bat at the end, he may have to make way for Wahab.

It’s also possible that the Superchargers will wait for Matthew Potts to return to national duty before bringing in Riaz in place of Wiese. And they’d be justified in either case.


Trent Rockets – Team Notes

Batting Options: 8

LHB Options: 2 in the Top 4

  • Threats and Opportunities: Linked to the ‘bowling options’ section in the NSC Team Notes.

Main Bowling Options: 6

  • Threat – One of the bowlers will be underbowled. Trent Rockets will struggle to bowl the full quota of Samit Patel, a slow left-arm spinner, against an opponent that has three destructive left-handers in its top six.

Support Bowling Options: 1 (Joe Root)

  • Opportunity Alert – Linked to ‘opportunity alert’ in the LHB options section in the NSC Team Notes.

Spin trio: Covered (SLA, Legspin, Offspin all in)

Express Pace: Not available 

Slow ball variations: Available 

New ball value: Available 

Big Name(s) on the bench: Marchant de Lange, Steven Mullaney 

Marchant de Lange was Trent Rockets’ leading wicket-taker last season. However, the addition of Daniel Sams and his all-round value this year has resulted in the South African quick being benched.

Steven Mullaney, one of the biggest names in the English domestic circuit, is the leading candidate to replace Joe Root when he departs for national duty.

Potential Changes: Rashid Khan out, Tabraiz Shamsi in

While no official word has been released, we doubt Rashid Khan will be available for this match or any others in the coming week, given that Afghanistan kick off a five-match T20 series against Ireland today in Belfast.


Match Centre – Rating and Comparison

Team RatingNorthern SuperchargersTrent Rockets
Batting Quality0.30.7
Batting Depth0.50.5
Complementary Openers0.81
Spin Hitting0.61
Pace Hitting0.50.7
New Ball Swing & Seam0.50.7
Enforcer0.50
Death Bowling0.50.5
Bowling Depth11
Complementary Spin0.71
TOTAL5.97.1

Venue Notes

Headingley, Leeds, is arguably the best venue in England for batters, so expect plenty of runs today. Not only is the pitch likely to be a belter, but the venue has one really short straight and square boundary, each measuring 65m, and only one of the other boundaries exceeds 75m.

At Headingley (The 100 Men 2021 numbers): 

  • Average first innings score – 161 (highest)
  • Average 4s 1st inn – 11.75 (4th)
  • Avg 6s 1st inn – 8.25 (1st)
  • Avg runs PP 1st inn – 43 (1st)
  • Avg runs in Death 1st inn – 55 (1st)

At Headingley (The Blast numbers – Last 3 years)

  • Average first innings score – 189 (highest)
  • Average 4s 1st inn – 14.8 (2nd)
  • Avg 6s 1st inn – 9.1 (1st)
  • Avg runs PP 1st inn – 44 (3rd)
  • Avg runs in Death 1st inn – 56 (1st)

Adam Lyth, David Willey, and Tom Kohler-Cadmore are all in top 4 run scorers at the venue in T20s since 2017. It is the home venue for Yorkshire players, so bank on them to deliver. 

Dawid Malan, surprisingly, has a poor track record at the venue.

Malan in T20s at Headingley since 2017: Inn – 10, Runs – 192, Avg/SR – 19/124

People usually look at these numbers and conclude that he is likely to fail, but unless it makes cricketing sense, we don’t recommend relying heavily on such a small sample size. A batter of Malan’s calibre has no reason to struggle in one of the best batting decks in the world.

With the ball, David Willey and Adil Rashid are the venue’s second and third highest wicket takers. Since 2017, Adam Lyth has bowled 25 overs here, taking 6 wickets and conceding only 7.8 runs per over.


Indibet Cricket Predictions

  • Trent Rockets to win the match 
  • David Willey 40+ performance points
  • Total Sixes in the match Over 10.5

Fantasy Corner

Base Team: David Willey, Daniel Sams, Adam Lyth, Alex Hales, Colin Munro, Tabraiz Shamsi, Adil Rashid (if NSC bowl first)

Differentials: Tabraiz Shamsi (13%), Dawid Malan (24.4%), Matt Carter (10%), Michael Pepper (34%)

Budget picks: Luke Wood (27%)

Captain/Vice-Captain: David Willey, Tabraiz Shamsi (especially if TR bowl second) 

Fantasy Notes and Tips: 

Build your team with the following in mind:

  • There will be plenty of runs in this match if Trent Rockets bat first 
  • Trent Rockets are the favourites to win the match 
  • Tabraiz Shamsi could be a game changer if the Rockets bowl second in particular, as he will have a massive score to defend against a vulnerable batting unit 
  • David Willey is the best captaincy option, considering his all-round value and the fact that he is playing at his home ground
  • Go Rockets bowling heavy if the visitors bowl second 

Predicted Playing XI

Northern Superchargers: Adam Lyth, Faf du Plessis*(c), Michael Pepper(wk), John Simpson, Adam Hose, David Willey, Dwayne Bravo*, David Wiese/Wahab Riaz*, Roelof van der Merwe, Adil Rashid, Matthew Potts

Trent Rockets: Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Colin Munro*, Joe Root, Tom Kohler-Cadmore(wk), Lewis Gregory(c), Samit Patel, Daniel Sams*, Matt Carter, Luke Wood, Tabraiz Shamsi*

Stats credit: Raviteja Rajavarapu, Cricsheet, Cricmetric

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