Team: Welsh Fire
City: Cardiff, Wales
Ground: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
The Hundred Debut: 2021
Best Men’s Finish: 7th (2021)
Best Women’s Finish: 8th (2021)
Who are the Welsh Fire?
The Welsh Fire are one of the eight cricket teams who compete in The Hundred, with this franchise representing the country of Wales. This team play their home matches at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, with a men and ladies team using this ground and battling it out against the English teams in the competition.
Although the Welsh Fire certainly represent Wales thanks to their name and identity, the intention is to also incorporate Gloucestershire and Somerset as part of the overall mix. Indeed, the inaugural draft would see the team draw from these counties as well as Glamorgan.
Gary Kirsten became the first ever coach of the Welsh Fire men’s team and he was recruited after previously taking charge of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
The Hundred History of Welsh Fire
The first ever Hundred tournament only took place in 2021 and it was a baptism of fire for both the men and ladies teams that represented the Welsh Fire. The men’s side finished a lowly seventh in the standings, while the women’s side were bottom of the pile in eighth.
Jonny Bairstow was the original marquee signing when it came to the men’s draftee, while Katie George was the female equivalent.
Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Banton and Glamorgan batsman Colin Ingram were also domestic signings, while Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc were the two £125,000 signings, with Afghanistan’s Qais Ahmed being the other overseas signing.
When it came to third round signings, Ravi Rampaul and Ben Duckett were selected for £75,000, while the £60,000 signings were Simon Harmer and Qais Ahmed. The fifth round picks were Liam Plunkett and Ryan ten Doeschate.
How to Place Bets on the Welsh Fire
There are lots of ways in which you can place cricket bets on Welsh Fire. Before the latest Hundred tournament takes place, you can bet on the outright betting market and that means backing the Fire to win The Hundred. Alternatively, you might be able to back them to finish bottom of the standings if you don’t think they are going to perform well.
The majority of Welsh Fire cricket bets can be placed when it comes to the latest matches that are taking place. For a typical cricket match, you can bet on the winner of any game in which they are playing, while there are a number of additional cricket betting markets that can be enjoyed along the way.
You might want to choose a Top Batsman or Top Bowler bet if you have a strong view on which player might rack up the most runs or wickets along the way. There might also be an opportunity to bet on the number of runs that the Welsh Fire score during the one hundred ball innings.
There are also In-Play cricket betting odds, with the prices constantly changing when the Welsh Fire match starts. If you’re watching the live cricket action, then you can bet on a ball by ball basis and choose which batsman is going to lose his wicket next.