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Toss Winner - Hampshire won the toss and chose to bat first
Hampshire beat Gloucestershire by 15 runs
A replay of the final game for Gloucestershire as they take on Hampshire.
We predict that Hampshire will defeat Gloucestershire.
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton, England | Toss: To BatBet Now
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Hampshire will take on Gloucestershire at The Rose Bowl stadium on 1st July from 7:00 pm. This will be a chance for the Gloucs to take revenge for last week’s 9 runs loss against the hosts. Hampshire Both teams are on the verge of qualifying for the knockouts with Hampshire having better chances over their counterparts. A win here will take Hampshire to the knockout games for the consecutive time.
In the last game, Gloucestershire hosted Hampshire at the County Ground. Batting first, Hampshire put up a target of 179 runs with a half-century from Ben Mcdermott. The Gloucs were reduced to 64 for the loss of 5 wickets. But a 64 runs partnership from James Bracy & Jack Taylor followed by a fiery knock from Benny Howell (34 off 13 balls) took them to 19 runs closer to the target in the final over. Chris Wood gave 10 runs and took a wicket in the final over to win the game for Hampshire.
Hampshire have 7 victories in 12 games so far. They just need one win to get into the knockouts. On the other hand, Gloucestershire’s plans hit a setback after the loss. They need to win the remaining two games to get into the knockouts on a better NRR. Since 2017, Hampshire have won 4 out of 5 games against the Gloucs.
Who would have thought that Hampshire would be fighting for the knockouts after they lost the first four games of the season? Skipper Jack Taylor’s team then fought back to win 7 out of the next 8 games. Credit goes to the form of James Vince and the quartet Chris Wood, Bradley Wheal, James Fuller, and Liam Dawson. James Vince is leading the runs table with 543 runs at an average of 60.33 and a strike rate of 148.36. The opener has smashed 2 centuries and 2 half-centuries so far. Vince hammered 129 runs off 62 balls against Hampshire’s win over Somerset. His opening partner Ben McDermott is giving him all the hands on the other side. McDermott has scored 306 runs that include three half-centuries at a strike rate of 142.32.
With Tom Prest and Jack Whetherly next in the line, Hampshire are looking solid at the top front. Both Prest and Whitley have collectively scored 439 runs at a strike rate above 130. The Hampshire middle-order is dependent on James Fuller and finisher Ross Whitley. While Fuller is striking at 141.54, Whitley is hitting at 138.29. Fuller’s 22 off 14 balls against the Gloucs proven crucial in the last game.
The Hampshire quartet Wood, Wheal, Fuller, and Dawson are one of the reasons for their complete turnaround. They have taken 61 wickets in 12 games and are individually conceding less than 8 runs per over (Except Wheal who is conceding at 8.65). Australian pacer Nathan Ellis is a little behind in taking wickets compared to his teammates but he has the best economy (7.37) for Hampshire in the business.
Key Players: James Vince, Ben McDermott, James Fuller.
James Vince (c), Tom Prest, Ross Whiteley, Joe Weatherley, Ben McDermott (wk), Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Nathan Ellis, Bradley Wheal, Chris Wood.
Mason Crane, James Vince, Nathan Ellis, Bradley Wheal, Joe Weatherley, Tom Prest, Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Ross Whiteley, Ben McDermott, Chris Wood
Gloucestershire have no other option left but to win the last two games to qualify for the knockouts. Last year’s Vitality Blast’s leading run-scorer Glenn Phillips is their most reliable option. Phillips has performed relatively poorly compared to his last season. The middle-order batter is still Gloucestershire’s leading run-scorer with 270 runs at a strike rate of 137.05. Opener Miles Hammond is striking at 153.48 but he has failed to score big this season. His average is just 13.2 in 10 innings. His new partner Chris Dent has scored 64 runs in 2 innings he played at a strike rate of 168.42. If Hammond and Dent score big in the powerplay, things will turn difficult for Hampshire.
Gloucestershire is facing the same problem with their number three batter Ian Cockbain. Cockbain is having the worst season of his career. He has scored 158 runs in 10 innings at a strike rate of 112.85. His failure put the Gloucs’’ middle-order in a crunch situation. Thankfully, Gloucestershire have Ryan Higgins and James Bracey in the middle with Phillips. Bracey scored 40 off 26 balls against Hampshire in the last game to save his team from a fall. He is their second-leading run-scorer with 247 runs at a strike rate of 126.66. Benny Howell has molded himself in the finisher’s role this season. His trike rate is 193.24. Howell came almost close to taking the win from Hampshire with his 34 off 13 balls but felt short of support.
Gloucestershire's bowling is totally dependent on David Payne. Payne has 18 wickets at an economy of 7.56. Tom Smith is next in the line with 12 wickets. The addition of Mohammad Amir has turned out well for the Gloucs. The left-handed pacer has taken 6 wickets in 3 innings at an economy of 7.02. Benny Howell’s importance can be felt strongly as he has bowled the most overs (38) and has the best economy (7.02)
Key Players: Benny Howell, Glenn Phillips, Mohammad Amir
Miles Hammond, Chris Dent, James Bracey (wk), Ian Cockbain, Glenn Phillips, Ryan Higgins, Jack Taylor (c), Benny Howell, Tom Smith, David Payne, Mohammad Amir
David Payne, Ian Cockbain, James Bracey, Benny Howell, Jack Taylor, Mohammad Amir, Glenn Phillips, Ryan Higgins, Tom Smith, Chris Dent, Miles Hammond
The T20 is expected to play under the clouds with no chances of rain. The temperature will range between 12°C and 19°C. The wind will be flowing from the northwest at 15-30 kmh. The pitch is ideal for pacers and offers a swing as well as an extra bounce. It makes really difficult for openers to play in the beginning as the ball moves a lot.
The match between Hampshire and Middlesex will be played at The Rose Bowl, Southampton. The venue holds a capacity of 6500 spectators and has hosted 7 tests & 9 T20Is so far.
In 9 T20Is, the Team batting first has won the game 5 times. The average batting score for the first innings is 168 compared to 143 for the second innings. Even in the last 10 games of domestic T20s team batting first has won 8 times. Therefore, the team winning the toss should bat first.
Hampshire is having a dream run after losing the first four games. They have won 7 out of the next 8. The statistics against Gloucestershire also lean towards Hampshire as they have 9 victories in 11 games against them. Hampshire’s James Vince is in form of his life. Besides that, the bowling quartet of Hampshire is lethal for any team. Gloucestershire is having a difficult season. They haven’t registered a back-to-back victory in 2022.
We predict that Hampshire will defeat Gloucestershire.
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