Northern Superchargers (W)
Best XI: Lauren Winfield-Hill (capt), Laura Kimmince, Laura Wolvaardt, Jemimah Rodrigues, Holly Armitage/Sterre Kalis, Alice Davidson-Richards, Beth Langston, Bess Heath (wk), Linsey Smith, Phoebe Graham, Katie Levick
Coach: Dani Hazelle
High Quality and stable batting unit: The Northern Superchargers feature a lot of class local and overseas batters who are consistent and aggressive both. The openers in particular feature Winfield-Hill who can give an express start to the innings and her partner Kimmince also strikes in excess of 140 for Brisbane Heat in the BBL.
Setting up a target in first innings: The Superchargers have a strong, deep and high-quality batting line-up that you would back to chase any target. But setting up a target could be a challenge if the explosive opening partnership fails as they have few slow starters and anchors to follow and a visible lack of experienced power-hitting/ free-scoring players.
Weak bowling unit: While the batting unit has a lot of class and all of Superchargers picks have been batting focused it has cost them their quality on the bowling front. It is dependent on local options who lack pace but have some spinners who could come in handy.
Welsh Fire (W)
Best XI: Georgia Redmayne, Bryony Smith, Hayley Matthews, Sophie Luff, Sarah Taylor (wk), Katie George, Georgia Hennessy, Piepa Cleary, Lissy Macleod, Alex Griffiths, Nicole Harvey
Coach: Mark O'Leary
Batting Depth: Like many other teams in the competition, one of the features of the squad is they have batting depth till position number eight which can help them play freely and bail them out of tough situations.
Bowling Variety: The Welsh Fire squad possesses a lot of variety in bowling with different options for left-arm pace, right arm pace, off-spin and leg-break available allowing them to structure their playing eleven according to the opposition. Matthews, Bryony Smith and Nicole Harvey provide the spin options while there is a battery of quicks in the form of Lauren Filer, Ellis, George, Alex Griffiths, George Hennessy and Amy Gordon.
Bowling department: While the team has bowling options available but they are only capable of support roles. The team does not feature any outstanding white-ball bowler who can restrict run flows in crucial phases or pick up wickets at a good rate unlike other teams in the tournament who have at least one world-class bowler. They have the weakest bowling department in the entire competition.
While they do have some decent limited-overs batters in the team, their quality, intent and consistency is not enough to compensate for their bowling attack’s because there’s a good chance it will be amongst the weakest performing units in the competition.