Newcomers Munster Reds look to begin their Cricket Ireland Inter-Provincial Limited Over Cup 2021 campaign with a win over North West Warriors on Thursday, May 6.
North West Warriors’ season began with a six-wicket loss to record seven-time winners Leinster Lightning. The Andy McBrine-led side will rely on the experienced William Porterfield to spark a change in fortunes for the team in the upcoming game.
Munster Reds, meanwhile, will look up to skipper Curtis Campher to orchestrate a decisive win in their season opener.
The match is set to start at 3:15 PM IST (10:45 AM local time) on May 6.
NWW vs MUR match prediction: Who will win?
North West Warriors and Munster Reds will face off for the first time in the Ireland Inter-Provincial Limited Over Cup, but the odds are inclined towards a win for the former.
The Eglinton Cricket Club is a spin-friendly venue and almost 67 per cent of the toss-winning captains have bowled first.
NWW vs MUR best players
Top Tip: Best Batsmen
William Porterfield’s vast experience in List A cricket is what makes him the best bet for the NWW vs MUR tie in the Ireland Inter-Provincial Limited Over Cup 2021. The 36-year-old has stacked 8381 runs in 274 matches, and seeks to bounce back from an indifferent start to the campaign.
For Munster Reds, 24-year-old Murray Commins will be the one to watch out. The uncapped South African has played in four List A matches, scoring 138 runs at a strike rate of 83.13.
Top Tip: Best Bowlers
North West Warriors’ captain Andy McBrine is the odds-on favourite bowler for the North West Warriors vs Munster Reds fixture. The 28-year-old has bagged 73 wickets in List A matches, and is eager to spoil the occasion for newcomers Munster Reds. McBrine conceded 43 runs in the opening game and needs to be more economical on Thursday.
Pacer Craig Young is favoured as the second-best bowler for match three of Cricket Ireland Inter-Provincial Limited Over Cup 2021. With an economy rate of 5.45 in List A cricket, Young can be an influential game-changer and he will look to spell trouble for North West Warriors.
Top Tip: Best Wicket-keeper
Stephen Doheny is tipped ahead of Peter Moor as the wicket-keeper in line for a solid performance in the fixture. The 22-year-old was one of the top performers in the opening game, scoring 29 runs off 22 balls. He also accounted for the dismissal of Kevin O’Brien.
Top Tip: Best All-rounder
Graham Hume was the top-performing all-rounder in North West Warriors’ opening game, taking two wickets and scoring 44 runs. The pitch at Eglinton Cricket Club is suited for bowlers thus a quality performance from the 30-year-old South African player.
NWW vs MUR probable playing XI
The North West Warriors are likely to make one change to their playing XI, bringing in 24-year-old Ross Allen in place of Boyd Rankin. This move is seen as a boost to the team’s bowling resources after their dismal performance against Leinster Lightning.
North West Warriors playing XI: Andy McBrine (captain), Stephen Doheny (wicket-keeper), Shane Getkate, Graham Hume, Graham Kennedy, William McClintock, Nathan McGuire, William Porterfield, Ross Allen, Stuart Thompson, Craig Young
Munster Reds playing XI: Curtis Campher (captain), Peter Moor (wicket-keeper), Jeremy Lawlor, Jonathan Garth, Matthew Foster, Jack Tector, Tim Tector, Matthew Brewster, Aaron Cawley, Diarmuid Carey, Senan Jones
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