Essex face off against the Hampshire
ESSEX will win this match
Vitality T20 Blast is up and running with the rains staying out of contention for the last couple of days. South Group has seen two tied matches already in the 3 completed matches so far. Essex held Surrey to a tie in a thrilling encounter in their previous match after their opening match was washed out by rain. Hampshire failed to defend the target against Sussex after rain helped them avoid the defeat in their opening encounter. Both teams are still in search for their victory with two matches being played respectively. We are in for a scintillating action with local players looking to make a mark in the absence of big international names.
Essex batting unit did not have a good start as their top order tumbled to 52/4 inside 8 overs. Ryan Ten Doeschate (35 runs) and Adam Weatler (32 runs) scored built momentum with a 50+ partnership in the middle. P Walter hit a couple of big hits to take their team to a competitive total of 143/6 at the end of 20 overs.
Their bowling unit never allowed the opposition to gain an upper hand with wickets at crucial moments. Paul Walter, Cameron Delport, and Mathew Quinn chipped in with 2 wickets each. Simon Harmer and Aaron Nijjar bowled economically giving away just 50 runs in their combined 8 overs.
Top players to bet on:
Paul Walter – Paul Walter had a good all-round match with both bat and ball. He scored 22 runs off 13 balls to finish the innings on a high and then came back to take 2 wickets with the ball in hand.
Mathew Quinn – Mathew Quinn held his nerve at the crucial moment with 9 required off the last over he gave away 8 runs off the first 4 balls. His last two balls resulted in wickets and their team pull off a jailbreak in their last match.
Varun Chopra, Cameron Delport, Tom Westley, Daniel Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater (wk), Paul Walter, Simon Harmer (c), Shane Snater, Aron Nijjar, Matthew Quinn
|R ten Doeschate||35||32||0||2||109.38|
Cameron Delport, Paul Walter, Daniel Lawrence, Varun Chopra, Aron Nijjar, Tom Westley, Matthew Quinn, RN ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater, SR Harmer, Shane Snater
Hampshire were not second time lucky as they ended with a loss this time. Tom Alsop took on the bowlers despite the wickets falling around him and scored 51 runs off 44 balls. James Fuller (53 runs) and Holland (36 runs) then took charge with their 88-run unbeaten partnership to take them to a good total of 176 runsin their 20 overs.
Opening bowlers Ian Holland and Chris Full started in a good fashion with a combined spell of 8-0-40-1. But they failed to take advantage of the good start as James Fuller, Ryan Stevenson, and Scott Curie gave runs at 4G speed with combined figures of 7.5-0-113-1. Mason Crane was economical with the ball.
Top players to bet on:
Ian Holland – Holland scored 36 runs off 22 balls with 3 boundaries and 2 sixes with the bat and then came back to strangle the opposition with figures of 4-0-19-0. His all-round skills will provide good depth and balance to their team.
Mason Crane – Mason Crane was the only bowler to have decent spell in the middle overs with figures of 4-0-20-1nas the other bowlers gave runs at 14+ RPO at the other end.
George Munsey, Tom Alsop, Sam Northeast (c), Joe Weatherley, Lewis McManus (wk), James Fuller, Ian Holland, Scott Currie, Chris Wood, Ryan Stevenson, Mason Crane
George Munsey, Ryan Stevenson, Mason Crane, Scott Currie, Ian Holland, Joe Weatherley, CP Wood, Sam Northeast, James Fuller, Lewis McManus, Tom Alsop
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||10||0 mm.||0.62 k/h||From: ENE||19%|
|03h||10||0 mm.||0.09 k/h||From: E||4%|
|06h||10||0 mm.||1.01 k/h||From: WNW||4%|
|09h||15||0 mm.||1.59 k/h||From: N||3%|
|12h||18||0 mm.||0.92 k/h||From: ENE||1%|
|15h||18||0 mm.||1.15 k/h||From: ESE||71%|
|18h||16||0 mm.||2.02 k/h||From: SE||72%|
|21h||14||0 mm.||1.86 k/h||From: SSE||47%|
Chelmsford has just 10% chances of rain as per the weather forecasters and we expect it won’t make any impact in the game.
Chemlsford is a high scoring venue where teams scored overs 180 runs consistently. Middlesex too posted 184 runs in the only innings in the first match. Bowles must be operate smartly to restrict the batsmen in this pitch with their field placements and execution.
Chasing is the best option in batting friendly conditions as no target is safe in these grounds.
Hampshire were able to make 176 runs despite very little contribution from their top order barring Tom Alsop shows the depth of their batting attack. But their bowling attack lacks the X-factor when compared to Essex who were able to pull off a match in the end moments. Essex batsmen will need to step up the accelerator in this match to put scores in excess of 160 runs on board. We expect Essex to win this contest as they have better all-round team compared to Hampshire.
ESSEX will win this match