Our Prediction is Gloucestershire to win!
Gloucestershire has won 4 matches out of the 7 matches they played this season and have a good chance for qualification to playoffs. They need to win this match and hope either Somerset or Middlesex lose their last match. Gloucestershire beat Sussex by a big margin of 116 runs in the last match. Miles Hammond played well but missed out on his century after being dismissed on 95 runs. Gareth Roderick and Jack Taylor played useful 50+ knocks to help his team to a massive score of 335 runs. Then their bowlers bowled with good control and discipline to bowl out the Sussex team for just 219 runs. Benny Howell and Matt Taylor took 3 wickets each and never allowed any big partnership to bloom in opposition ranks. Other bowlers also chipped in wickets and kept the scorecard under control.
Essex team is not in contention for playoffs after their two back to back losses in last two matches. They were defeated by Kent by 6 wickets in their last match. Alaister Cook and Tom Westley scored fifties at the top to provide stability to the innings. But the middle order did not capitalize on the good start and lost wickets in regular intervals to end with a below-par score of 271 runs on board. Their bowlers were taken away by the 188 run opening partnership and never looked control in any point of the chase. Matt Coles took two wickets eventually, but it was too late to cause any trouble. Their bowling unit lacks the firepower to trouble the batsmen with these low scores. Their bowling unit failed to make any impact this season.
Varun Chopra – Varun Chopra has returned to the team after an injury layoff, but he failed to make a big score in two matches. He scored two centuries in first two matches of this season but was injured unluckily. His absence was a big loss for the team`s batting line-up.
Matt Coles – Matt Coles has taken 9 wickets in just 3 matches he has played so far. He is making a big impact with his wicket-taking abilities but will need to control the run flow too. He is currently leaking runs at an economy rate of 7.4 RPO.
Stats from the recent matches:
Tom Westley – 353 runs, Avg. – 50.4, HS-77, 50s-4
Peter Siddle – 12 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 22, Economy – 5.4 RPO, BB – 4/60
Varun Chopra, Sir Alastair Cook, Tom Westley, Daniel Lawrence, Ravi Bopara, Simon Harmer (c), Rishi Patel, Robbie White (wk), Matt Coles, James Porter, Aaron Beard
Jack Taylor – Taylor scored 69 runs off just 26 balls with 8 maximums and a couple of boundaries. His sublime batting at a strike rate of 235 took the team`s total to 335 runs and provided the extra cushion of 20-30 runs.
Boney Howell – Boney well has an excellent all-round performance last match with 41 runs and bowling figures of 3/48. He has taken three-wicket hauls in three consecutive matches and derailed the opposition batsmen in middle overs.
Stats from the recent matches:
Gareth Roderick – 297 runs, Avg. – 49.5, HS-100*, 50s-2, 100s-1
Boney Howell – 12 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 26.6, Economy – 6.1 RPO, BB – 3/45
Chris Dent (c), Gareth Roderick (wk), Miles Hammond, Benny Howell, James Robert Bracey, Jack Taylor, Ryan Higgins, Graeme van Buuren, Thomas Smith, David Payne, Matt Taylor
Chelmsford pitch is a good batting pitch where batsmen can score freely with the ball coming onto the bat nicely. The average score in this pitch will be 300-320 runs. The team batting first has scored more than 340 runs twice in three innings here. The match day looks to be cloudy with 40% chances of rain as per the weather forecast. We may have intermittent rains only which may not completely stop the match.
Teams batting first have won two out three matches played here. The pitch is good for batting very early in the match and it slows down as the match progresses. So, both captains will look to bat first and put a huge score on board.
Gloucestershire team has a balanced team with good batting and bowling attack. They have form and momentum on their side. Essex is having an average bowling unit this season and a misfiring batting line-up and is struggling to find victory.
We expect Gloucestershire to win this match.
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