Our prediction is Hampshire will win the match!
Essex lost their way in the tournament with three consecutive losses after their massive win in the first match. Varun Chopra scored two back to back centuries and is expected to be fine to play in the starting XI this encounter. He did not play in the last two matches. Daniel Lawrence and Tom Westley are only other batmen to play consistently and scored some vital fifties.
Their bowlers have been smashed for 350+ runs twice in last three matches. Peter Siddle took four wickets last match and was impressive with his line and lengths. Samuel Cook and Mathew Quinn need to step up and take more wickets to contain the opposition to a below par score. Every loss pushes them away from the qualification for knockouts.
Hampshire has been the best team of the tournament so far with 4 wins out of 4 matches. They have won every match by a big margin and no team came closer to beating them so far. Their batting line–up has breached the 300 mark every match whereas their bowlers never allowed opposition to touch the 300 mark.
They are having a complete team performance so far. Skipper James Vince scored a massive 190 runs last match and missed on a double century. Rille Rossouw, Tom Alsop, Aiden Markram and Sam Northwest are amongst the runs and have scored centuries and fifties consistently. Kyle Abbott and Liam Dawson are the wicket takers in chief with their names among top wicket takers. Mason Crane, Chris Wood and Bradley Wheal support them and maintain pressure from the other end of the attack.
Daniel Lawrence – Lawrence has three fifties in the four matches and has been a vital cog in the middle order. Despite his three fifties, his highest score has been 56 only, He needs tp play long and score more runs for the team`s cause.
Peter Siddle – Peter Siddle has been consistently among the highest wicket takers and he has taken 9 wickets this series. He is an very experienced bowler who in form can derail any line-up on his own.
Stats from the season
Varun Chopra – 238 runs, Avg. – 119, HS-127, 100s-2
Peter Siddle – 9 wickets, Bowl Avg. –22.3, Economy – 6.5 RPO, BB – 4/60
Sir Alastair Cook, Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate (c), Peter Siddle, Tom Westley, Matthew Quinn, Simon Harmer, Daniel Lawrence, Robbie White (wk), Paul Walter, Samuel Cook
Rilee Rossouw – Rossouw has two fifties out of three innings he batted so far. He is an very experienced campaigner who once gets going can score runs at a quick rate and consistently.
Liam Dawson – Dawson has been a complete all-rounder with his performance this season. He has scored 123 runs and took 9 wickets with his bowling. He can provide the depth and balance to the team in the playing XI.
Stats from the season
James Vince – 355 runs, Avg. – 88.8, HS-190, 100s-1, 50s -1
Kyle Abbott – 10 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 15 , Economy – 5.2 RPO, BB – 3/36
James Vince (c), Tom Alsop (wk), Aiden Markram, Sam Northeast, Rilee Rossouw, Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Gareth Berg, Kyle Abbott, Mason Crane, Chris Wood, Bradley Wheal
Chelmsford pitch is a batting paradise and batsmen love to ball coming onto the bat. Last match this pitch has had an aggregate runs of over 700 runs. The Average score in this pitch will be 330 runs. The match day promises to have better weather with just 20% chances of rain.
Teams would be confident of chasing down any target set at this pitch and rain may cause trouble and DL par score will come into equation. Both captains will love to bat second here.
Hampshire has everything stacked in their side such as form, momentum, settled playing XI, etc. Essex may be down but we expect them to put up a good fight this match. But we expect Hampshire to come out victorious and continue their winning streak.
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