Essex Eagles’ to regain form against Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire to win
It will be a major challenge for the Essex Eagles as they take on Gloucestershire in the 41st game of the Vitality T20 Blast 2021. The Eagles have lost the last three games in a row and come here after suffering a huge defeat at the hands of the Sussex Sharks in the last game. Gloucestershire on the other hand registered a sensational win against Middlesex and this would make them confident.
Problems have been plenty for the Essex Eagles and their batting line-up has looked bad so far with most of their players failing to show any kind of consistency. This has hurt the side’s campaign especially at home. It would be interesting to see if they are able to turn the tables around in this game against Gloucestershire.
Simon Harmer’s side had started the tournament on a positive note but since then the side has lost three games in a row. They batted poorly in the last game to finish with merely 128 runs on the board to lose the game by 7 wickets against Sussex Sharks. The will need to make a strong comeback to win this game.
The side would look for runs from William Buttleman and Tom Westley as they haven’t got good starts in most games. At No. 3 Michael Pepper has scored runs but he would need good support from the likes of Paul Walter and Ryan ten Doeschate. In James Neesham and Harmer they have players who can score quick runs and they would be tested in this game.
James Porter has done well with the new ball so far in the season and the side would need him and Samuel Cook to get them the early breakthroughs. Rest of the bowling line-up hasn’t had a great tournament so far and tight bowling would be expected from Aron Nijjar, Neesham, Harmer and Jack Plom in this game.
Simon Harmer (c), William Buttleman (wk), Tom Westley, Michael-Kyle Pepper, Paul Walter, James Neesham, Ryan ten Doeschate, Jack Plom, Aron Nijjar, Samuel Cook, James Porter
It was a brilliant win for Jack Taylor’s side, their second for the season. The side would be confident after the manner in which they chased against Middlesex to win the game by 2 runs under the DLS method due to rain disruption. Considering their opponents are in poor form Taylor would look to exploit this situation here.
They have their top order in good form and runs would be expected from Chris Dent and Miles Hammond opening the batting. Ian Cockbain comes here with a match winning effort and shall look to score runs in the middle with Glenn Phillips and Jack Taylor. They have Benny Howell and Ryan Higgins to do the big hitting towards the end.
Daniel Worrall and David Payne would be expected to strike early as Essex has struggled with their batting so far. Josh Shaw looks in good form at the moment and the side would also be expecting tighter bowling from the likes of Benny Howell and Ryan Higgins in this contest.
Jack Taylor (c), Chris Dent, Miles Hammond, Ian Cockbain, Glenn Phillips (wk), Ryan Higgins, Benny Howell, Tom Smith, Josh Shaw, David Payne, Daniel Worrall
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||17||0.39 mm.||4.94 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|03h||16||2.35 mm.||6.48 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|06h||15||1.80 mm.||7.23 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|09h||13||1.58 mm.||7.65 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|12h||13||5.97 mm.||7.81 k/h||From: N||100%|
|15h||12||2.40 mm.||7.21 k/h||From: N||100%|
|18h||12||9.72 mm.||5.58 k/h||From: NNW||100%|
|21h||12||6.10 mm.||4.58 k/h||From: NNW||100%|
There is forecast for rains at Chelmsford on June 18 and we would be lucky to see a full game. Batting conditions would be difficult and the ball is expected to do a lot in the game and batsmen would find it challenging to bat under these conditions. The side that bats first would look for a target score of 160 runs.
County Ground, Chelmsford is a small ground and there is lot on this track for the fast bowlers who have enjoyed a good record in the past. Batsmen have to get used to the pace and bounce on this track and can do the big hitting. The small size of the ground doesn’t leave too much for the spinners to do.
We have seen two low scoring games at this venue so far and batting has been a challenge especially on a fresh wicket where the bowlers have enjoyed good rewards. Thus both the captains would look forward to bowling first on this surface.
Both the sides have had their struggles so far in the tournament and hence there would be pressure in both the camps. Essex Eagles’ batting has struggled in the last few games and this is creating big worries for them as they are expected to play in difficult conditions. Gloucestershire on the other hand more strength in their batting and this would put them slightly ahead in the game.
Gloucestershire to win