Kent’s hunt for first win in their fifth game
Essex to win
It is the 37th game of the Royal London One-Day Cup, 2021 and hosts Essex would be taking on Kent at County Ground, Chelmsford. Essex comes here after a massive loss against Worcestershire, and they will look to make a recovery in this game. Kent have seen their last two games washed away by rains and haven’t won a game yet and sit at the bottom of the points table.
Essex have had a good record against Kent and have won the last three out of four games against them. The side has always enjoyed a good record at this venue as they know the conditions well here. It is a must win game for Kent and it will be interesting to see if they are up to the challenge.
It was a massive loss for Tom Westley’s side in the last game. They batted and bowled poorly to go down by 186 runs against Worcestershire. Westley would like to forget that game as a nightmare and win this home contest. His opponents haven’t won a game so far and have looked in poor form and this provides his side with a great opening.
The side would expect a good show at the start from William Buttleman and Alastair Cook. Cook has looked good and this would boost their confidence. In the middle order Michael-Kyle Pepper, Ryan ten Doeschate and Westley have huge experience and they need to make it count. The side bats deep with Adam Wheater, Simon Harmer and Aron Nijjar to follow in the finishers’ role.
With the ball they had a poor outing in the last game. Shane Snater and Ben Allison will look to strike early in this game as Kent’s batting has struggled. Nijjar comes here with a strong performance, and he would look to bowl good spells in the middle overs. Jack Plom, Harmer and Ryan ten Doeschate add depth to this attack.
Tom Westley (c), William Buttleman, Sir Alastair Cook, Michael-Kyle Pepper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater (wk), Simon Harmer, Aron Nijjar, Shane Snater, Ben Allison, Jack Plom
Their last two games have been washed away by rain and prior to that the side has lost two games. This has pushed Oliver Robinson’s side to the bottom of the points table. They will have to win this game by a big margin to keep their hopes alive. Robinson shall expect an all-round show from his players against a tough opponent.
Robinson and Tawanda Muyeye need to score runs at the top as their batting hasn’t looked at its best so far. In the middle order there would be huge responsibility in Heino Kuhn, George Munsey and Harry Finch to steer the innings on a good batting surface. In Darren Stevens and Grant Stewart, they have good finishers who have scored runs already.
Their bowling attack has done poorly in most of the games, and this is the area they will have to improve. Matt Milnes and Stevens need to get early breakthroughs for the side in this game. Grant Stewert, Nathan Gilchroits and Hamidullah Qadri have to get their rhythm back for the side to win in this game.
Oliver Robinson (c & wk), Tawanda Muyeye, Heino Kuhn, George Munsey, Harry Finch, Darren Stevens, Marcus ORiordan, Grant Stewart, Matt Milnes, Hamidullah Qadri, Nathan Gilchrist
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||15||0 mm.||2.95 k/h||From: W||78%|
|03h||14||0 mm.||2.91 k/h||From: WNW||59%|
|06h||14||0 mm.||2.42 k/h||From: WNW||47%|
|09h||15||0 mm.||2.53 k/h||From: NW||95%|
|12h||17||0.10 mm.||2.15 k/h||From: NW||98%|
|15h||19||0.71 mm.||2.56 k/h||From: N||90%|
|18h||16||0.92 mm.||2.7 k/h||From: NNE||95%|
|21h||15||0.57 mm.||2.79 k/h||From: E||99%|
Chelmsford would see overcast skies with changes of showers on August 01. The wicket here is flat and batsmen can easily score runs. There is little in there for the bowlers in normal conditions. The side batting first would need more than 300 runs on the board to win this game.
It is a small park at County Ground, Chelmsford and batsmen have always enjoyed batting on this surface. The ball comes on to the bat nicely allowing batsmen to commit to the front foot. Fast bowlers need to use their variations to do well here, and spinners have struggled due to the shorter dimensions of the boundary.
We have already seen big scores being put up on this surface and chased easily. The wicket doesn’t change its character much in the second innings. Setting a target here is always a big challenge. Thus the side that wins the toss in this game should have no hesitation in opting to bowl first.
Kent has not won a single game in the season, and they are struggling with form and confidence. Their batsmen and bowlers would have to get going for the side to come up with a win in this game. Essex on the other hand has always enjoyed a good record at home. They have some big names in their squad and this would put them ahead of Kent in this game.
Essex to win