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Essex eye another win at home against an inconsistent Glamorgan
Our prediction is for Essex to win
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ODI | Venue: County Ground | Toss: To BatBet Now
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A loss in the last game did not affect their position in the points table, but a loss here against Essex would definitely send Glamorgan tumbling down. The hosts are coming into this game on the back of a massive win over Kent while Glamorgan were bowled out for 221 in their last innings batting first.
The batting struggles for Glamorgan are far from over and if it wasn’t for the lower order, 200-runs also seemed like a big task in their last innings.
Essex would be happy to have defended a 300+ total in their last match. Previously, the Westley-led side had failed to defend 343 runs against Northamptonshire, losing by 3 wickets. A good batting surface at the County Ground in Chelmsford would mean good news for both teams.
Feroze Khushi and Westley can continue their dominance in the top order for the hosts while Glamorgan can hope for a comeback from the batters.
In their first two games, Essex struggled with their bowling as they conceded 300+ runs on both occasions whether they were batting or bowling first. Their first win of the season saw Essex make a solid comeback where they outperformed their opposition in every department and ended up with a massive 182-runs win.
Apart from the opener Feroze Khushi, Essex have some promising middle and lower-order batters. Skipper Tom Westley at number 3 holds the key to a competitive total from Essex. Grant Roelofsen and Robin Das in the middle have been impressive so far.
The depth in this batting lineup where bowlers Shane Snater and Jamal Richards can come in and make significant contributions at number 9 and 10 allows the top-order batters to play more freely. Shane Snater scored a quick-fire 41 off 22 balls in his last innings and followed it up with figures of 5 for 29 as Essex won by 181 runs.
Jamie Porter, Jamal Richards, and Aaron Beard are other key bowlers in the Essex squad.
Josh Rymell, Feroze Khushi, Tom Westley (c), Roelofsen (wk), Robin Das, Aaron Beard, Aron Nijjar, Snater, Jamal Richards, Luc Benkenstein, Jamie Porter
After getting off to a good start in the season with two back-to-back wins, Glamorgan seem to get off the winning track as they lost two consecutive matches.
While an optimistic review would point out the contributions from the lower-order batsmen in their last outing, a more balanced view would see the decline in form of key batters in Glamorgan.
Tom Cullen, Daniel Douthwaite, and James Wieghell have been impressive in the lower order and have consistently scored runs. However, this is not what would win matches for Glamorgan.
They need Sam Northeast, Colin Ingram, skipper Carlson, and Billy Root at number 5 to step up and play significant innings. Joe Cooke, who was out for just 5 and 8 in his previous outings, played a significant role in building a 96-runs partnership for the 5th wicket with opener D Lloyd. That is definitely a ray of hope for Glamorgan seeing Cooke come good in crucial times.
Unless the batters put on an inspiring performance, the bowlers will continue to struggle to find wickets and put the opposition under pressure.
D Lloyd, Sam Northeast, Colin Ingram, Kiran Carlson (c), Billy Root, Joe Cooke, Tom Cullen (wk), A Salter, Daniel Douthwaite, James Weighell, J Harris
The weather at Chelmsford on Sunday is expected to be partly cloudy. The pitch is great for batting and high scores are expected.
County Ground in Chelmsford is the venue for this match. The average 1st innings total here is 269 while the average second innings total is 188. Right-arm fast-medium and slow bowlers have been the most successful ones at this venue.
Teams batting first have found it easy to score huge totals while chasing here has often been difficult. 3 of the 5 Royal London One-Day Cup matches were won by teams batting first. Both Essex and Glamorgan have strong reasons to bat first on winning the toss.
Taking into consideration the current form of key players on both sides, the venue, and previous encounters between the two sides, our prediction is for Essex to win. Toss will play a key role in the outcome of this game. However, on one occasion, Glamorgan batted first and were bowled out for 104 runs. That may not happen again, but the current inconsistencies in the Glamorgan lineup are a huge obstacle on their way to victory.
Our prediction is for Essex to win
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