WS vs LT Dream11 : Top of the league standings meet bottom placed Lancashire Thunder today in what is perhaps the most lopsided clash of the marquee league
The Super League returns after a break of a couple of days with perhaps the most lopsided encounter contested till now in the showpiece league. Opening proceedings on the day will be top of the points tally, Western Storm and bottom of the league standings, Lancashire Thunder in a match whose narrative couldn’t get any more one sided.
For Lancashire Thunder, this season is turning to be a real anomaly. Despite having some of the most coveted names in the T20 arena, bats who are revered far their ability to come out and clean opposition bowling units, the side have made for dismal viewing. Their harrowing form has been a source of major questioning with it truly surprising as to how a side blessed with such immense star performers has failed so shambolically.
The openers and lower middle-order have been the biggest cause of the side’s failure to win a single match till now with their four defeats in five encounters placing them in trenches of the league standings. It is a predicament which was epitomised in the previous encounter with the side putting on just 132 while batting first, seeing them draw their first match of the league against Southern Vipers.
Meanwhile, the dramatic land of the concluding season of the Super League couldn’t have fared any better for Western Storm. The side are the only unbeaten team in the marquee league, winning all five of their clashes to sit pretty in the annuls of the league standings with 22 points, 13 ahead of second placed Southern Vipers. The last time the side have taken to the field, they had emerged with a comprehensive 9 wicket win over Yorkshire Diamonds as they chased down the 152 run target set to them with 5 overs to spare.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
Expect overall good batting conditions on this wicket, one where the ball will come onto the bat with effervescent ease, especially in the first part of the encounter. The surface should act sluggishly as time traverses though, making batting travails arduous with the side winning the toss choosing to bat first and rake up anything close to 160.
Probable Playing 11
Harmanpreet Kaur, Sune Luus, Kate Cross (c), Alex Hartley, Sophie Ecclestone, Emma Lamb, Tahlia McGrath, Eleanor Threlkeld (wk), Alice Dyson, Sophia Dunkley Brown, Georgie Boyce
Heather Knight (c), Anya Shrubsole, Rachel Priest (wk), Fran Wilson, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Sonia Odedra, Naomi Dattani, Sophie Luff, Freya Davies, Claire Nicholas
Match: Lancashire Thunder Vs Western Storm
Date And Time: 18th August, Sunday- 7:00pm IST
Venue: Chester Boughton Hall CC, Chester
WS vs LT Dream 11 Picks
Wicket-Keepers for WS vs LT Dream11
With 72 in 43 balls, an innings that included an influx of two 6s and seven 4s, opener Rachel Priest was in devastating touch in the previous encounter. She took no time to get going, finding her eye in the middle right from ball one to come out and open her arms, seeing the Western Storm wicket-keeper be an undoutable pick for us here.
Batswomen for WS vs LT Dream11
The 9 wicket win for the side in the previous encounter was down not only to Priest’s incredible knock but Smriti Mandhana’s 70 in 47 balls as well with her and Priest piling on 133 runs for the opening stand. Their captain Heather Knight in number 3 is also selected by us as we pick out one of the most sensational top 3 in the league for our Dream 11 side today, completed by Fran Wilson in number 4.
From Lancashire Lightning we have decided to get in Harmanpreet Kaur after her determined and gutsy innings of 34 the last time around. She’s included not only due to that performance though with the Indian batter showing immense perseverance, technique and application in the face of adversary, waging a lone battle for her side on multiple occasions.
All-Rounders for WS vs LT Dream11
Her 29 runs in the lower middle-order and ravishing spell of 3-33 with the ball was the main reason her side were able to salvage a draw from a perilous position the alt time around, registering the first performance of any note in the league. Emma Lamb has emerged as the side’s most consistent performer despite getting little to no assistance from elsewhere and we didn’t need to consider her selection a second time.
From Western Storm we have spinner Deepti Sharma come in for us with the identity of her opposition bound to see her snare a rich bagful of wickets and stifle the oppositions’ batting sojourn.
Bowling Order for WS vs LT Dream11
Pacer Freya Davies and Claire Nicholas come in as well from Western Storm with the duo offering sensational value at a combined price tag of 16 credits. With two wickets each in their last match, spinner Sophie Ecclestone and Kate Cross wrecked havoc on the opposition in unison, plundering their batting unit and will play a pivotal role for their side today as well.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Knight has been picked out as our captain for today while Harmanpreet is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the cricketing fraternity over the course of the last year, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.