Essex’s battle to start the season with a win
Essex to win
Hampshire would be playing Essex in the 2nd game of the Royal London One-Day Cup at their home ground The Rose Bowl, Southampton. The hosts who had finished runners-up in the last edition of the tournament would be looking for a perfect start with a win in this game. Essex on the other hand had won just two games in 2019 and failed to make it to the knockouts and shall look to revive their fortunes.
Essex have had a good record against Hampshire in the past and have won four out of the last five games between the two sides. This tournament would coincide with The Hundred and several of the key players in the two camps would be unavailable for selection in this game. The presence of several young players in this game is expected to make it interesting.
The side would miss the services of James Vince who would be involved in the Hundred and Joe Weatherley is expected to lead the side in his absence. They have had a poor record against Essex in the past and Weatherley would like to improve on that record in this game. He would want his side to start the tournament with a win.
Openers Sam Northeast and Joe Weatherley would have to set up a good stand in the game as their opponents have a good new ball attack. In the middle order Tome Alsop, Felix Organ and Lewis McManus have to set up good partnerships. Down the order they have good hitters of the ball in James Fuller and Liam Dawson and contributions would be expected from them.
They have a good bowling attack with Kyle Abbott and Ryan Stevenson sharing the new ball. Early wickets would be expected from them in this game. Brad Wheal has to keep the flow of runs in the middle overs under check and shall expect good support in this game from the likes of Dawson and Fuller.
Joe Weatherley, Kyle Abbott, James Fuller, Tome Alsop (wk), Ian Holland, Liam Dawson, Felix Organ, Lewis McManus, Ryan Stevenson, Brad Wheal, Sam Northeast
Simon Harmer’s side has had a poor season in the Vitality T20 Blast, and they failed to make it to the quarterfinals. Harmer would like to put this behind as they play their first game of the season. They have had a good record against Hampshire in the past and shall look to continue with this here.
They would expect a good show from openers Alister Cook and Adam Wheater as both of them are highly experienced players. The middle order is strong with Michael Pepper, Nick Browne and Tom Westley in the side. They would expect quick runs in the end from the likes of Varun Chopra, Ryan ten Doeschate and Harmer.
Peter Siddle will have to bring his experience to play in this game and get early wickets with Jamie Porter as Hampshire do have less experience at the top. In the middle overs tight spells would be expected from Aron Nijjar, Harmer and ten Doeschate who would be expected to use the conditions well in this game.
Simon Harmer (c), Alastair Cook, Peter Siddle, Aron Nijjar, Adam Wheater (wk), Ryan ten Doeschate, Nick Browne, Varun Chopra, Tom Westley, Jamie Porter, Michael Pepper
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||19||0 mm.||2.15 k/h||From: E||14%|
|03h||19||0 mm.||2.14 k/h||From: E||10%|
|06h||19||0 mm.||1.9 k/h||From: ENE||5%|
|09h||22||0 mm.||3.06 k/h||From: ESE||8%|
|12h||24||0 mm.||3.45 k/h||From: ESE||17%|
|15h||25||0 mm.||3.59 k/h||From: SE||47%|
|18h||22||0 mm.||3.67 k/h||From: SE||52%|
|21h||18||0 mm.||2.59 k/h||From: ESE||92%|
The skies over Southampton would be clear on July 22 and we expect to see a high scoring game here. There would be some early movement for the bowlers, but batsmen would be able to play their strokes freely on this surface. The side batting first would have to target a score in excess of 320 runs to win here.
The Rose Bowl, Southampton is one of the best batting wickets early on and batsmen have been able to play their strokes freely. Though the ground is large and offers plenty of scoring opportunities in twos and threes. Fast bowlers do get their assistance when the ball is hard and new. Spinners need to use their variations well here.
The wicket here does have some early movement but once the batsmen get set in, they can score runs easily. Chasing scores here has been a problem in the past and thus we expect the side winning the toss to bat first on this surface.
Hampshire would miss out on the services of several players who would be busy with The Hundred and this is a big loss for the side. Their batting line-up looks slightly weaker at the moment and youngsters would have to step into big shoes. Essex have more players available for selection in this game and have a more balanced side and this would put them slightly ahead in the contest.
Essex to win