Our Prediction is Essex will win the match!
Royal London ODI cup for the 2019 season starts with lots of expectation and hopes as the World cup 2019 is very near and is played in England this time. Glamorgan take on the Essex in their opening encounters. Glamorgan will be without the services of their regular Skipper Colin Ingram due to his IPL duties. Nicholas Selman, Connor Brown and Kiran Carlsen form the core of the batting line-up and are expected to score big this season.
They have roped in the services of Billy Root, Charlie hemprey and Australian Marnus Labuschagne and traded out Opener Aneurin Donald to Hampshire. Chris Crooke takes over the wicket taking duties in the playing XI. Timm Van der Gugten, Lukas Carey and Graham Wagg form the pace combination for the team. They will be supported by the likes of David Lloyd, Andrew Salter and Kiran Carlson in the spin bowling with their off breaks.
Essex team had a good tournament last season in the league stages but was knocked out by Yorkshire in the play-offs. They are lead by the experienced Tom Westley. Their team batting has excellent players such as Varun Chopra, Sir Alaistar Cook, Ravi Bopara and Ryan ten doeschate. Varun Chopra (524 runs), Tom Westly (405 runs), Ravi Bopara (387 runs) and Keeper Adam Weather (390 runs) scored the most of the runs for the team last season.
They have roped in the services of Cameron Delport and Mohammed Amir this season. James Porter, Samuel Cook and Matt Coles are the fast bowling reserves available in the squad and are in good rhythm and form. South African Simon Harper is the main spinner in the team will bowl in the middle overs. Neil Wagner is expected to join the squad soon from New Zealand. James Foster retired and Zaidi, Taylor and Dixon were released from the squad.
Connor Brown – Brown is an exciting young player in the county ranks and he missed out on his maiden century last year when given a chance in the playing XI. We can expect him to play a big role this season.
Graham Wagg – Graham Wagg had a good season last year and scored around 210 runs and took 9 wickets at an economy rate of 5.5 RPO. He was the team`s leading wicket taker last season.
Stats from the last year's season:
Colin Ingram – 402 runs Avg. 57.4, Strike rate - 92 (Hs-95*, 50s-3)
Graham Wagg – 9 wickets, Avg – 38.7, Economy of 5.5 RPO (BB -2/33)
Graham Wagg (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Timm van der Gugten, Andrew Salter, Chris Cooke (wk), David Lloyd, Jack Murphy, Nicholas Selman,Lukas Carey, Kiran Carlson, Connor Brown
Cameron Delport – Cameron Delport is having an excellent year with good performances across different leagues around the world. He is an excellent addition to the squad and his part time spin bowling will be added advantage to the team.
Jamie Porter –Porter had an amazing season and he took 12 wickets and gave away runs at an economy rate of just 4.2 RPO. He is a bowler who can take wickets at the top to stop the opposition`s batting from building the momentum.
Stats from the last year's season:
Varun Chopra – 528 runs Avg. -66, Strike rate -87 (Hs-160, 100s-1, 50s-3)
Jamie Porter – 12 wickets, Avg – 14, Economy of 4.2 RPO (BB -4/29)
Cameron Delport, Ravi Bopara, Mohammed Amir, Adam Wheater (wk), Tom Westley (c), Varun Chopra, Matt Coles, Simon Harmer, Aaron Beard, James Porter, Daniel Lawrence
Cardiff is a good batting pitch and teams will enjoy batting on this surface. The pace bowlers may get swing and bounce in the early overs with the new ball. The average score in this pitch is around 280-300 runs. Cardiff is supposed to have a good climate with 20-25% chances of rain on the match day.
Teams batting second have won two out of three matches played here last season and overall won 70% of matches are won by chasing here. Both teams will look to chse down the total in this match.
Essex eagles have a better team than Glamorgan on the paper and they look strong in all aspects of the game. Glamorgan are left without the services of their full-time skipper Colin Ingram further adds to their woes. So we expect Essex Eagles to win the match!
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