Will Hampshire extend their lead in the top of the table?
Our Prediction is a win for Hampshire!
Host Hampshire will be looking to extend their lead at the top of points table when they take on Gloucestershire in the South Group game of Royal London One-Day Cup in Southampton on Friday.
Reigning Champions Hampshire have got off to a perfect start in this year’s competition and secured three wins out of three games played. Captain James Vince will be hoping that the side can maintain their winning streak in their home fixture.
On the other hand, Gloucestershire produced a clinical performance with bat and ball to beat Kent in a game played at Bristol. Captain Chris Dent will be hoping that side can continue their winning momentum in the next couple of matches.
2018 Champions registered a comprehensive win over Middlesex, courtesy splendid performances from Aiden Markam, Rilee Rossouw and Kyle Abbott. The side has played excellent cricket so far this season and currently lying at the top of the league table with six points to their name.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of opening pair of Tom Alsop and Aiden Markram to deliver the runs with the bat. Wicket-keeper batsman Tom Alsop failed to capitalize on his good start and perished for 23 runs in the previous game played against Middlesex.
South Africa’s Aiden Markram has shown excellent form for the side so far this season. He has scored 143 runs in 3 innings at an average of 47.66. Markram was the standout performer for the side in the previous game played against Middlesex. He played exceedingly and scored 88 off 90 balls with the help of eleven boundaries to help Hampshire post a competitive total on the board.
The middle-order comprising of Sam Northeast, James Vince, and Rilee Rossouw have contributed with decent scores for the side so far this season.
Rilee Rossouw produced crucial innings in the previous game. He scored 64 off 55 balls with the help of seven boundaries. He added 81 runs with Liam Dawson to push Hampshire’s score close to 300 runs. Dawson also chipped in with 43 off 43 balls with the help of three fours and a six.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Kyle Abbott, Liam Dawson, and Mason Crane to deliver breakthroughs. Abbott is currently franchise’s leading wicket so far this season with 8 wickets to his name. He has certainly delivered probing spells with the new-ball for Hampshire in this year’s competition.
Part-time off-spinner Aiden Markram also bowled well and picked up three wickets in the previous game.
James Vince (captain), Liam Dawson, Rilee Rossouw, Sam Northeast, James Fuller, Tom Alsop (wk), Kyle Abbott, Aiden Markam, Mason Crane, Gareth Berg, Chris Wood
In their previous game, Chris Dent led-unit certainly delivered a pitch-perfect performance to beat Kent by six wickets at County Ground in Bristol.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Chris Dent, wicket-keeper Gareth Roderick, and James Robert Bracey to do the bulk of the scoring. Captain Chris Dent has shown decent form for the side so far this season and has scored 163 runs in 3 innings at an average of 54.33. In the previous game, Dent scored 41 off 53 balls to help Gloucestershire get off to a steady start against Kent.
Gareth Roderick was the standout performer in the previous game and smashed unbeaten century to steer Gloucestershire to a comfortable win. Roderick scored 100* off 80 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes and added 138 runs with Robert Bracey to put the side in a strong position to win the game. He was well supported by James Robert Bracey, who chipped in with 67 off 59 balls with the help of nine boundaries.
The lower-order comprising of Benny Howell and James Taylor have contributed with crucial scores in this year’s competition.
In the bowling department, new-ball pair of David Payne and Robert Higgins delivered splendid performances for the side in the previous game. Benny Howell and Thomas Smith also bowled well and picked up two wickets apiece in the previous game.
Chris Dent (captain), George Hankins, David Payne, Jack Taylor, Chris Liddle, Benny Howell, Thomas Smith, Gareth Roderick (wk), James Robert Bracey, Ryan Higgins, Graeme van Buuren
Traditionally, the venue has always been excellent for batting. The quick bowlers do get lateral movement off the pitch in the initial overs. The weather forecast for the game on Friday is going to see light rain showers with a moderate breeze.
The Rose Bowl in Southampton will host all the home fixtures for Hampshire in this year’s competition. Hampshire has won their last two games played at this venue. Gloucestershire will take heart from the fact that they have a good head-to-head against Hampshire in the competition.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to bat first and put a lot of runs on the board. Spinners will certainly get some turn and bounce in the second half of the game. Hampshire will have the advantage as they are well aware of the conditions at Rose Bowl.
Reigning Champions certainly have delivered superlative performances so far this season. The batting lineup comprising of James Vince, Aiden Markam, and Sam Northeast, has shown excellent form in this year’s competition.
Expect Hampshire to beat Gloucestershire and continue their winning streak in the competition.
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