The Hundred women's predictions and cricket betting tips: Originals can star
Manchester franchise have a potent mix of England stars and overseas talent
Free cricket tips, best bets and analysis for The Hundred women's competition and Wednesday's game between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals.
Where to watch
Sky Sports Cricket, Main Event & Mix, 6.30pm Wednesday
Manchester Originals to win The Hundred (Women's)
3pts 4-1 Betfair, Paddy Power
The Hundred women's preview
Manchester Originals are 4-5 to win the opening fixture of The Hundred women's competition, away to Oval Invincibles, and they may well be back in London for the final at Lord's on August 21.
Each franchise is permitted three overseas players and the Originals have recruited brilliantly with all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur, captain of India's Twenty20 team, joined by South Africa's Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez.
Powerful opener Lee, along with the hard-hitting Emma Lamb, should get the Originals off to some fast starts while Du Preez, South Africa's record runscorer in all formats, is a versatile player who is comfortable batting anywhere in the top five.
The Manchester franchise will not be overly reliant on their overseas stars as they have a strong England contingent of skipper Kate Cross and spinners Sophie Ecclestone and Alex Hartley.
England captain Heather Knight, prolific opener Tammy Beaumont and experienced West Indian Deandra Dottin bring some international class to London Spirit and brilliant Indian teenager Shafali Verma is a great addition to the Birmingham Phoenix ranks.
England stars Katherine Brunt and Nat Sciver boost the chances of Trent Rockets but they, along with the rest of the field, may find themselves eclipsed by Manchester Originals.
How it works
Each batting side faces 100 balls per innings. Bowlers are permitted to deliver 20 balls in an innings, sending down either five or ten consecutive deliveries before a change of end.
The first 25 balls of the innings are the Powerplay period in which only two fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle.
The eight teams face each other in a round-robin league stage with the top three qualifying for the playoffs. The top team in the league goes straight into the final where they take on the winners of the semi-final between the second- and third-placed sides.
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