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Superchargers game in doubt as two players return positive lateral flow tests

Rest of squad take PCR tests ahead of Thursday's game against Manchester Originals

Matt Roller
Matt Roller
Two unnamed players returned positive lateral flow tests  •  Getty Images

Two unnamed players returned positive lateral flow tests  •  Getty Images

Two players in Northern Superchargers men's squad in the Hundred have returned positive lateral flow tests, casting doubts on the viability of their fixture against Manchester Originals on Thursday.
The Superchargers squad took PCR tests on Monday after the two unnamed players returned positive lateral flow tests, with results expected to come back late on Monday night.
ESPNcricinfo understands that the Superchargers believe they have followed the Hundred's Covid-19 regulations and are hopeful that they will be able to field a side on Thursday evening, though the team is not expected to comment publicly until Tuesday morning.
There were fears that the Hundred would be significantly affected by positive Covid tests after several county cricketers were forced to self-isolate in early July, but only one player - Steven Mullaney - has had to isolate in the competition to date.
Three members of Trent Rockets coaching staff, including men's coach Andy Flower, tested positive in the first week of fixtures, while Shane Warne, London Spirit men's coach, has also been self-isolating after testing positive.
Players and support staff in the tournament have not been subjected to a strict bio-bubble but have been asked to minimise social contact and, for example, to avoid eating indoors at pubs and restaurants.
According to the tournament's playing conditions, if any group game is cancelled, the final table will be decided on a points-per-game basis. The Superchargers are sixth after two wins, three losses and a no-result in their first six games and unlikely to qualify for the knockout stages. The Originals, their opponents on Thursday, are fourth, two points off leaders Trent Rockets with a game in hand.

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98