Can Lancashire embitter the unbeatable Hampshire?
Our Prediction is for Hampshire to win this game!
It is the big semifinal at the Royal London One-Day Cup 2019 at The Rose Bowl, Southampton where defending champions Hampshire shall take on Lancashire. On their part Hampshire hasn’t done any harm to its reputation of being the defending champions earning their place in the semi-finals by virtue of being table toppers in the South Group. Lancashire, on the other hand, had a mixed run in the league stages and earned qualification in the semi-final defeating Middlesex in the 2nd quarter-final.
In the previous five games between the two sides, the result has been 3-2 in favor of Hampshire and they have been engaged in some tight games. It would be interesting to see which among the two sides makes it to the final of the season.
Sam Northeast, the Hampshire skipper would go into this game with confidence. Apart from the loss against Essex his side has done well in the season. In their last game against Somerset, they dominated the proceedings from the start and won the game comfortably in the end. They would be looking to repeat the success in the next one and make it to the finals to defend their title.
Tom Alsop and Aneurin Donald played well in the last game and would want to set the perfect platform for rest of the batting. Aiden Markram has done well in the season but they will miss James Vince who is with the national side. Sam Northeast, Rilee Rossouw, and James Fuller complete a strong batting order for the side which has done remarkably well this season.
Kyle Abbott and Liam Dawson bowled well in the last game and the duo has done well in the whole season. With Fidel Edwards part of the attack, it has got the right kind of experience along with Gareth Berg and Mason Crane who have had their good moments this season.
Fidel Edwards, Rilee Rossouw, Liam Dawson, Gareth Berg, Sam Northeast (c), James Fuller, Kyle Abbott, Aiden Markram, Aneurin Donald, Tom Alsop (wk), Mason Crane
Dane Vilas’s side pulled off a good win against Middlesex in the quarter-finals. After having had a mixed bag of a season it was good to see them play well as a unit in the last game. The skipper would be aware of the form that Hampshire is in at the moment and would want his players to pull out their best performance for the next game and earn a place in the finals.
It was a great batting display from Keaton Jennings, Steven Croft and skipper Dane Vilas that set up the win for the Lancashire in the last game. Liam Livingstone who missed outscoring will look to do well against Hampshire. Jake Lehmann and Rob Jones have great hitting abilities as they showed in the last game and this makes the batting look strong.
James Anderson used his experience to good effect in the last game and along with Saqib Mahmood bowled well in the last game. But other bowlers such as Matthew Parkinson, Graham Onions, and Josh Bohannon didn't have a great game and they will be looking to do well in the next game and win it for the side.
Keaton Jennings, Liam Livingstone, Steven Croft, Jake Lehmann, Dane Vilas (c & wk), Josh Bohannon, Rob Jones, Saqib Mahmood, Graham Onions, James Anderson, Matthew Parkinson
The weather is expected to be dry with some cloud cover at Southampton on May 12 and this will set up a good game of cricket. The pitch is expected to be flat and we shall have a high scoring game here. The side batting first would need to have 320 plus on the board to fill confident on this surface.
The Rose Bowl, Southampton has seemed some high scoring games in the recent times where batsmen have enjoyed playing on the flat track. The ball comes on to the bat nicely making it easy to hit through the line. The bowlers get some assistance in the initial overs but overall it is a batting track.
The side batting first has won four out of five games that have been played at this venue this season. There isn’t much for the bowlers and setting up a big score is on the minds of most captains. The side that wins the toss in the next game will definitely decide to bat first on this wicket.
Lancashire seems to have gained good momentum in their win over Middlesex in the quarter-final. Their key players are performing well which adds to the confidence of the side going into this game. Hampshire, on the other hand, has so far looked the best team this season and given the performances, we have seen from them they would definitely start as favorites for the next game and make it to the finals for the second consecutive season.
We expect Hampshire to win this match!
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