Hampshire’s hunt for first points of the season
Essex Eagles to win
It is game 13 Vitality T20 Blast 2021 and the Essex Eagles would be taking on the Hampshire Hawks at their home ground the County Ground, Chelmsford. The Eagles have started their campaign with a win against Somerset while the Hampshire Hawks went down against the Kent Spitfire’s in the last game.
Essex Eagles are playing at home and they have good knowledge of the conditions here and the side would be confident after their win in the last game where their middle order did well. It will be interesting to see if the Hawks are able to put the loss in the last game behind and come up with a better show here and earn their first points for the season.
Simon Harmer would be excited with the start his side received in the tournament. They chased down a big score against Somerset to win the game comfortably by 3 wickets. However, Harmer would look for improved show from his bowlers in this game as they were wayward with their line and length against Somerset.
The side would need its Top 3 - Tom Westley, Adam Wheater and Michael-Kyle Pepper to do well in this game as they didn’t make much of contribution against Somerset. The middle order looks in good form with Paul Walter, Ryan ten Doeschate and James Neesham scoring runs in the last game. Harmer has his range of strokes and adds strength to this batting line-up.
James Porter and Samuel Cook did well with the ball but the rest of the attack looked completely out of form and this is one area the side would look to improve. Aron Nijjar and Jack Plom would have to work on their line and length here. Harmer and Neesham add to the bowling options for the side.
Simon Harmer (c), Tom Westley, Adam Wheater (wk), Michael-Kyle Pepper, Paul Walter, Ryan ten Doeschate, James Neesham, Jack Plom, Aron Nijjar, Samuel Cook, James Porter
Paul Walter, Aron Nijjar, Samuel Cook, RN ten Doeschate, Tom Westley, William Buttleman, Jack Plom, Simon Harmer, Michael Pepper, Jamie Porter, James Neesham
James Vince would be terribly upset with the performance of his side against the Kent Spitfires in the last game. They looked set for a win in the high scoring game but a batting collapse in the middle order led to their 38-run loss. Vince and his boys would need to put this behind and come up with an improved show here.
Openers James Vince and D’Arcy Short looked in great form in the last game and they need to set up a good platform here. Joe Weatherley did well in the middle order but the side would need the likes of Sam Northeast and Liam Dawson to make contributions. James Fuller and Lewis McManus have good hitting abilities and they would have to make their skills count in this game.
Dawson and Bradley Wheal did well in the last game and the side would need early wickets from them. Chris Wood and D’Arcy Short were expensive and the side would be expecting a better show from them in this game. The likes of Ian Holland and Mason Crane will need to bowl tighter spells in this game.
James Vince (c), D’Arcy Short, Sam Northeast, Joe Weatherley, Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Lewis McManus (wk), Ian Holland, Chris Wood, Mason Crane, Bradley Wheal
Mason Crane, James Vince, Ian Holland, Joe Weatherley, D'Arcy Short, Liam Dawson, Chris Wood, Tom Alsop, James Fuller, Lewis McManus, Bradley Wheal
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||17||0 mm.||3.05 k/h||From: WSW||17%|
|03h||16||0 mm.||3 k/h||From: WSW||25%|
|06h||17||0 mm.||4.47 k/h||From: SW||41%|
|09h||21||0 mm.||5.74 k/h||From: WSW||42%|
|12h||23||0 mm.||6.53 k/h||From: W||56%|
|15h||21||0 mm.||6.1 k/h||From: WNW||84%|
|18h||20||0 mm.||4.79 k/h||From: WNW||92%|
|21h||16||0 mm.||3.54 k/h||From: W||86%|
The skies over Chelmsford would see some cloud cover on June 11 and we hope to see good movement off the surface. It would be difficult conditions for the batsmen early on in the game. The side that bats first here would be happy to breach the 160 run mark.
County Ground, Chelmsford is a small park but there is lot of juice on the surface and fast bowlers are very effective with the new ball. Batsmen do get their opportunity to score runs once they get themselves set it. The small dimensions of the venue make it a big challenge for the spinners.
The pitch here is known for offering early assistance to the fast bowlers and the conditions improve as the game progresses. Hence, the side that wins the toss would look to take advantage of the conditions by opting to bowl first in this game.
Hampshire Hawks would be under pressure to register their first win of the season here. Their middle order looked in shambles in the last game and this is what they would need to work on in this game. Essex Eagles have momentum on their side after their victory in the last game. It would be a close contest but the Eagles are nose ahead at the start of the game.
Essex Eagles to win