Explorers take on Hikers in top of the table clash - get tips and predictions
The 17th match of Vincy Premier League 2021 will see Dark View Explorers (DVE) taking on La Soufriere Hikers (LSH) at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown on May 23, Sunday.
After four games, La Soufriere Hikers are unbeaten with eight points and a net run rate of 2.855. Their opponent, Dark View Explorers, sit just below them in the second position with four wins from five matches and an NRR of 2.440.
DVE vs LSH Dream11 prediction
Given how strongly both teams have started their campaign, it goes without saying that there is very little separating them now. The Explorers and the Hikers have faced off four times so far, with each side winning twice. However, given the fact that the Hikers are unbeaten in the tournament so far and were victorious the last time these two teams faced each other, LSH will start as slight favourites with fond memories of their previous clash against DVE fresh in their minds.
DVE vs LSH best players for Vincy Premier League fantasy team
Top Tip: Best Batsmen
Hikers' Dillion Douglas remains the best bet with the bat from the LSH camp. The middle-order batsman averages 24.1 at a strike rate of 180.78 and goes into the match on the back of a stupendous knock of 52 runs from 24 balls. He has 94 fantasy points so far.
After Deron Greaves was out for a duck in their last match, the Explorers will hope Shammon Hooper can continue his form against the Hikers. Hopper has scored 128 runs in five matches and has 37 fantasy points. He averages 17.9 at Arnos Vale Ground.
Top Tip: Best Bowlers
Benniton Stapleton's bowling figures of 1/7 in two overs helped the Hikers restrict the Strikers to 43/9 in the last game. LSH’s Stapleton averages 1.5 wickets per match at the venue and has taken seven wickets so far, garnering 43 fantasy points.
Sealron Williams’ form continued against the Strikers - an opponent against whom he picked a couple of wickets for just 12 runs. Williams now has six wickets in five matches and will be DVE's go-to bowler for the upcoming contest. He has 76 fantasy points.
Top-Tip: Best all-rounder, wicketkeeper
Hikers' Dillion Douglas will continue to be the pick among all-rounders as well. Apart from his 52-run knock in the last match, the player took two wickets later in the game to ensure that his team completed a comprehensive 31-run victory.
Explorers captain and wicket-keeper Lindon James would be reliable wicket-keeping choice for this match. With the Hikers not having an effective gloveman in their side, James' batting could be a bonus. He has scored 42 runs so far, fetching 20 fantasy points.
DVE vs LSH probable playing XI
DVE probable XI: D Greaves, R Pierre, S Hopper, D Browne, L James (captain) (wicket-keeper), R Williams, K Horne, Drumi Toney, J Matthews, S Williams, L Wison
LSH probable XI: S Browne, D Maloney (captain), D Douglas, A Latchman (wicket-keeper), C Cain, B Stapleton, S Spencer, O Matthews, J Harry, O Lewis, K Strough
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