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Will Essex manage to beat Gloucestershire to make it through the top 2 in the second group?
We predict that Essex will defeat Gloucestershire.
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ONE DAY | Venue: County Ground, Bristol | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Gloucestershire will face Essex in this 40th One Day match of the Royal London One Day Cup 2021. This match will be played on 3rd August at County Ground at Bristol which is the home ground of Gloucestershire. Both teams are neck to neck this season and will be looking forward to continuing their campaign for playoffs. Gloucestershire are currently at 5th place in the table with 4 points in their account from 4 games with 2 wins and 2 defeats. On the other side, Essex are ranked 3rd in the same group of the points table with 6 points in which they have won 3 games out of 4 they played.
Essex have shown their skills in their last 4 matches and on the other side, Gloucestershire have also worked hard on their core team. We will get to watch a perfect thriller on 3rd August when both teams will play against each other in Bristol.
After winning two straight games of the season at the start, Essex lost their third match against Worcestershire, and currently, with 6 points from 4 games, they are at the 3rd place in the points table of 2nd group. They will face Gloucestershire in the next fixture at Bristol. With the help of Simon Harmer’s all-around performance in which he has taken 3 wickets for 42 runs and also scored 32 runs from 40 balls, Essex have easily defeated Hampshire in the first game. Captain Tom Westley also scored 69 runs while batting in the middle order during that chase. Essex’s bowlers continued their shining performances in the next match against Middlesex.
Shane Snater (3 wickets for 45 runs) and Simon Harmer (2 wickets for 39 runs), bowled brilliantly to restrict Middlesex to just 212 runs. Alastair Cook (92 runs from 111 balls) and Tom Westley (87 runs from 97 balls), both stood for a long time on a crease to help their team to clinch that game by 9 wickets. But the team’s batting lineup failed against Worcestershire while chasing 339 runs and got bowled out on just 156 runs. They made a strong comeback in the last match against Kent to bowled them out on just 158 runs and registered a comfortable victory by 9 wickets. They will now try to continue this good form of their squad in this upcoming match against Gloucestershire on 3rd August at Bristol.
Top players for Essex: Alastair Cook, Tom Westley, Simon Harmer, Shane Snater.
William Buttleman, Alastair Cook, Tom Westley(c), Michael Pepper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater(wk), Simon Harmer, Aron Nijjar, Ben Allison, Shane Snater, Jack Plom.
Gloucestershire lost their first two games against Lancashire and Worcestershire but made a strong comeback in the next two games to win back to back and with 4 points, they are at the 5th place in the points table of 2nd group. In the first match against Lancashire, they bowled out on just 171 runs and lost that match by 6 wickets. They bowled brilliant spells against Worcestershire to restrict them to 228 runs. Tom Smith and Graeme van Buuren both have taken 2 wickets each but they lost that game on the DL method while chasing 229 runs.
Gloucestershire made a superb comeback in the next match against Durham to chase down the target of 336 runs easily. A brilliant knock of top-order and middle-order batsmen in which Ben Charlesworth scored 87 runs in 110 balls at the top order and James Bracey scored 90 runs in 72 balls while batting at middle order, helped their team to clinch the first victory of the season. With brilliant bowling performance in the last match against Sussex to restrict them on 214 runs while defending 219 runs, they stunned all. Tom Smith and Jared Warner both have taken 3 wickets each in that game. They will try to use their bowling strength in this upcoming match also against Essex to put pressure on their opening order.
Key players for Gloucestershire: Ben Charlesworth, James Bracey, Tom Smith, Jared Warner.
Chris Dent(c), Ben Charlesworth, Tom Lace, James Bracey(wk), Graeme van Buuren, Jack Taylor, George Scott, Matt Taylor, Tom Smith, Jared Warner, Daniel Worrall.
The weather is partially cloudy on match day, with a 20-30% chance of raining on match day. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 21°C - 12 °C range.
County Ground in Bristol will host this match. This ground is considered a home ground of the Gloucestershire’s side and has conducted many domestic games. This stadium can accommodate a total of 7000 people.
This ground has conducted 19 ODIs so far and offered an advantage to bowlers in a few previous ODIs as well as domestic matches. The team who has opted to bowl first here has delivered better than the batting team. At this location, whichever team wins the toss will want to bowl first and chase.
Both teams have strong squads but Essex have a good depth in their batting order. Their batsmen are performing well this season and helped the team register a victory by 9 wickets in 2 matches out of 4 they played. On the other side, Gloucestershire’s middle-order is still struggling to find the form which might cost them against Essex who are in really good touch.
We predict that Essex will defeat Gloucestershire.
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