Birmingham Bears’ battle of nerves against Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire to win
Gloucestershire would take on the Birmingham Bears in the next game of the Central Group in T20 Blast 2020. Gloucestershire are sitting on the top of the points table and come into this game after winning their previous one against Somerset. Birmingham Bears too won their previous game against the Worcestershire Rapids. It will be an important game for both the sides as Gloucestershire would look to retain their top spot and as for the Bears it will be a good opportunity to reach the second spot in the group and open their chances of a direct entry into the quarterfinal.
The two sides had earlier met in the tournament where Gloucestershire had registered a comprehensive win. The side would be playing at home ground Bristol where they haven’t lost a game this season. Bears are also looking in good form at the moment and they will look to come out aggressively in this game. With so much at stake for both the teams, we expect this one to be a good game.
Jack Taylor’s side registered an 11-run win in their last game against Somerset. It was a high scoring contest and one of the best we have seen this season. Having topped the points table, the side would now be looking to win this game and seal their spot in the quarterfinals. They had already defeated the Birmingham Bears in the previous game and this would serve as a confidence booster.
Miles Hammond scored runs in the last game and along with in-form Chris Dent he would look to lay a good platform for the side in this game. In the middle order they have Ian Cockbain, James Bracey and Ryan Higgins in good form. Taylor, George Scott and last game’s hero Benny Howell make this batting line-up very strong.
Graeme van Buuren and David Payne bowled well in the last game and they will need to target early wickets in this one. Higgins was expensive through he picked 3 wickets and needs to bowl tighter lines. Tom Smith and Benny Howell make this bowling attack strong for these conditions and they will have to focus on keeping the scoring rate low for their opponents.
Jack Taylor (c), Miles Hammond, Chris Dent, Ian Cockbain, Ryan Higgins, James Bracey (wk), George Scott, Benny Howell, Graeme van Buuren, Tom Smith, David Payne
Chris Dent, David Payne, GLV Buuren, Matthew David Taylor, Jack Taylor, Miles Hammond, George Scott, Ryan Higgins, Tom Smith, Ian Cockbain, James Bracey
Will Rhodes would have been proud of the way his side chased the big score in the last game against Worcestershire Rapids. It was a clinical effort from them in the game that saw them win by 6 wickets. Rhodes would be aware of the scale of the challenge in the next game as his side had already lost to Gloucestershire earlier in the season and need to play at their best to win here.
Dominic Sibley is struggling for form but his fellow opener Robert Yates did well in the last game. The pair will look forward to providing a positive start to the side. Adam Hose and Sam Hain put up a match winning stand in the last game the side would expect similar effort from them. Rhodes, Michael Burgess and Henry Brookes solidify the batting down the order for the side and all of them can score quick runs.
It is their bowling attack that suffered in the last game but overall the bowlers have had a good season. Tim Bresnan and Jeetan Patel will target early wickets with the new ball being the most experienced bowlers for the side. Jacob Lintott has had a good season and shall be expected to bowl well in the middle overs alongside Olly Stone and Brookes. They are up against an in-form batting line-up and need be spot on with their line and length.
Will Rhodes (c), Robert Yates, Dominic Sibley, Adam Hose, Sam Hain, Michael Burgess (wk), Tim Bresnan, Henry Brookes, Olly Stone, Jacob Lintott, Jeetan Patel
Michael Burgess, Tim Bresnan, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Robert Yates, Jacob Lintott, Will Rhodes, Jeetan Patel, Henry Brookes, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone
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It will be overcast skies over Bristol on September 13 and the conditions would offer early assistance to the fast bowlers. The pitch has so far been very good for batting and we expect to see lot of runs being scored here. The side that bats first would need to have a target in excess of 180 on this track.
The Bristol County Ground has always been one of the best T20 venues in the UK where batsmen enjoy the surface. The bounce is true and there is plenty of hitting opportunities due to the small size of the ground. It is a tough wicket for the bowlers as there is little room for error and spinners find it tough bowling on this surface.
It has been an absolutely brilliant track to bat on and the two games this season have seen lots of runs with the side batting first winning the games. The side winning the toss in this game should have no hesitation in opting to bat first and aim at putting up a big score on the board.
This is expected to be a very competitive game with the kind of form the two sides are coming into it. Both the teams won high scoring encounters in the last game but face similar problems with their bowling attack. Birmingham Bears don’t have the best of record playing at this venue and this is something that will play on their minds. Gloucestershire hasn’t lost a game here this season and they shall start nose ahead in this game.
Gloucestershire to win