Our prediction is Hampshire will win the match!
Royal London ODI cup for the 2019 season started and teams have played their opening encounters. Hampshire defeated Kent by 90 runs in their first match after posting a score of 310 runs. Sam Northwest scored an unbeaten century and guided his team`s batting. He was well supported by fifties from skipper James Vince and Rilee Rossouw. Their lower middle order did not make any significant contribution towards the end of the innings.
Their bowlers did not allow opposition batsmen to build any momentum by capturing wickets at regular intervals. And fielding was excellent last match and effected three run-outs which helped the team`s cause in a big way. Chris Wood, Liam Dawson and Kyle Abbott took two wickets apiece and had combined match figures of 23-0-119-6. They bowled out the opposition in just 40 overs leaving 220 runs.
Glamorgan had the worst start to the tournament and defeated by a margin of 180 runs against Essex. Their batmen never looked comfortable in a chase of 327 runs and were bowled out for 146 runs cheaply. No batsmen scored more than 30 runs in the last match and Bowler Merchant de Lange ended as top scorer with 36 runs. In fact they were bowled out in 31 overs.
Bowling also did not look threatening last match and they were not able to provide wickets at crucial times. Michael Hogg and Graham Wagg were economical and took two wickets apiece, whereas the rest of the bowlers were taken for lot of runs. Glamorgan seems to be lost and they need get their spirits on a high in this all important clash to fight against a strong Hampshire team.
James Vince – Skipper Vince looked good for a big score before being dismissed for 56 runs. He was scoring at a strike rate of over 100 easily without any risks being taken. Lookout for his batting this season as he looks in good form.
Liam Dawson –Dawson bowled beautifully in the middle overs and took two wickets. He was able to stop the scoring rate in the middle overs. He was also good in the field helping to effect two crucial run-outs.
Stats from the last year's season:
Sam Northwest – 105 runs , 95 balls, 7X4s, 2X6s
Liam Dawson – bowling figures of 9-0-30-2
James Vince (c), Tom Alsop (wk), Aiden Markram, Sam Northeast, Rilee Rossouw, Aneurin Donald, Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Kyle Abbott, Mason Crane, Chris Wood
David Lloyd – Lloyd looked well set and scored a 27 runs before being dismissed. He needs to step up his game and play some crucial knocks in the middle order. He must ensure his team`s coring rate is high without losing runs in the middle.
Michael Hogan – Hogan did not take wickets in his first spell but came back to take two wickets in his second spell. He is bowling with good pace and rhythm. He should to try take wickets early to stop the opposition team.
Stats from the last year's season:
Merchant de Lange – 36 runs, 22 balls, 4X4s, 2X6s
Graham Wagg – bowling figures of 10-0-49-2
Charlie Hemphrey, Craig Meschede, Marnus Labuschagne, David Lloyd, Billy Root, Chris Cooke (c & wk), Kiran Carlson, Graham Wagg, Marchant de Lange, Lukas Carey, Michael Hogan
Rose Bowl is another high scoring pitch in England and most of the pitches in England have become high scoring ODI pitches. Targets of over 350 runs are also not safe here. Batsmen can easily hit the ball against the line as there is very little movement of the pitch. Southamptoin promises to have a sunny weather with less to no chances of rain interruption.
Five out six teams have elected to bowl first in the first round of the matches but all matches have been won by teams batting first. Teams are feeling confident chasing the total and the trend does not seem to end despite negative results for teams winning the toss.