Will Kent be able to find their winning ways?
Our Prediction is Gloucestershire to win!
Host Gloucestershire will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Kent in the South Group game of Royal London One-Day Cup at Country Ground in Bristol on Tuesday.
Captain Chris Dent will be hoping that the side can deliver a clinical performance with the bat and ball in their home fixture. Gloucestershire was comfortably brushed aside by Middlesex in a game played at Lords Cricket Ground on Sunday.
On the other hand, Kent has suffered consecutive defeats in a row and are currently lying at the bottom of the league table after three games. Adam Rouse-led unit will need to make changes to their playing XI to break their winless streak in the competition.
The side will need to make considerable improvements in the bowling department in order to get back to winning ways. In their previous game, Gloucestershire suffered a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Middlesex. The bowling attack certainly lacked potency, which will be a cause of concern for the side going into this contest.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Captain Chris Dent and wicket-keeper batsman Gareth Roderick to do the bulk of the scoring. The duo once again chipped in with crucial scores for the side in the game played against Middlesex.
Chris Dent has led from the front with the bat and is franchise’s leading run-scorer with 122 runs in 2 innings at an average of 61.00. He got the side off to a decent start in the previous game and scored 47 off 49 balls with the help of eight fours. He added 64 runs with Gareth Roderick in order to rebuild the innings for Gloucestershire.
James Robert Bracey was the standout player in the batting department in the previous game. He scored 83 off 61 balls with the help of five fours and four sixes. He was well supported by Benny Howell, who chipped in with a crucial half-century.
The lower-order also contributed well to the team’s cause to see Gloucestershire post 283 for 7 in their 50 overs.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Daniel Worrall and Matt Taylor to deliver wickets with the new-ball. Left-arm orthodox spinner Thomas Smith also bowled well without much luck in the wickets section. Ryan Higgins and Benny Howell leaked a lot of runs and conceded seven runs an over against Middlesex.
Chris Dent (captain), George Hankins, James Robert Bracey, Benny Howell, Jacky Taylor, Gareth Roderick (wk), Thomas Smith, Ryan Higgins, Chris Liddle, Matt Taylor, Daniel Worrall
Adam Rouse and co. will need to make considerable improvements in their batting and bowling performance in order to overcome Gloucestershire in their backyard. The side certainly showed signs of improvement in terms of the batting in the previous game played against Sussex.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Matt Renshaw, Zak Crawley and Sean Dickson to do the bulk of the scoring. The opening pair of Zak Crawley and Sean Dickson got the side off to a decent start in the previous game played against Sussex.
Zak Crawley certainly looked in good touch with the ball and scored 30 off 25 balls with the help of five boundaries. His opening partner, Sean Dickson, also chipped in with 30 off 29 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes.
Australia’s Matt Renshaw found form with the bat in previous game played against Sussex. He scored a superb century to help Kent post a competitive score on the board. Renshaw scored 109 runs off 111 balls with the help of nine fours and four sixes. He added 121 runs with Oliver Robinson to lay an ideal platform for others to go for quick runs in the later stages of the competition.
Robinson also played well and scored 46 off 60 balls with the help of three fours and a six to keep the scoreboard ticking for Kent.
Alex Blake, Adam Rouse and Darren Stevens need to contribute with crucial scores for the side in this game. Tail-ender Harry Podmore added crucial runs at the end to see Kent get close to 300 runs in their 50 overs.
In the bowling department, the likes of Fred Klaassen, Harry Podmore and Matt Milnes was again bowled poorly and conceded a lot of runs in their opening spells. The team management will need to make changes in the bowling lineup, which has been their weakness so far in this year’s competition.
Sean Dickson, Alex Blake, Darren Stevens, Oliver Robinson, Adam Rouse (captain &wk), Harry Podmore, Matt Renshaw, Zak Crawley, Fred Klaassen, Matt Milnes, Imran Qayyum
The wicket prepared for the game will certainly provide assistance to the quick bowlers in the early part of the innings. The batsmen will need to work hard for their runs on this surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Tuesday is going to be mostly cloudy.
County Ground in Bristol is set to host all the home fixtures for Gloucestershire in this year’s tournament. The side comfortably brushed aside Surrey in their previous game played at this venue. Gloucestershire won their game against Kent at this venue in 2017 Royal London One-Day competition.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and get a decent score on the board. It certainly gets trickier for the batting side in the second half of the game. The spinners will also get some assistance from this pitch.
Based on current form, Gloucestershire will be confident of doing well against Kent in their home conditions. The side will be relying on the likes of Chris Dent, Gareth Roderick, and Daniel Worrall to deliver superlative performances against Kent.
Expect Gloucestershire to comfortably brush aside Kent in this game.
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