Clash of the in-form teams
Our prediction is Hampshire will win the match!
Hampshire has won both their matches played so far and is in good form and rhythm. Skipper James Vince leads from the front with scores of 95 and 56 in two matches. Tom Alsop scored an unbeaten 130 runs to chase down 293 runs in under 42 overs. Sam Northwest, Rilee Rossouw and Aiden Markram have been amongst the runs and all look in good nick. They have won both their matches comprehensively by huge margins without any Huss and fuss.
Their bowling unit has restricted batsmen in batting friendly conditions to below par scores. Kyle Abbott and Liam Dawson has been their main bowlers in pace and spin department respectively and are amongst the wickets column. Chris Wood, Mason Crane and Aiden Markam`s part-time bowling are making an effective contribution to the team`s bowling.
Middlesex too ar5e having an excellent tournament with two wins in two matches. Stephen Sean Eskinazi and Nick Gubbins shared an unbeaten 184 run partnership to chase down the total of 283 runs easily. Eoin Morgan steadied the batting after an early collapse of 36/3 in power play overs. Skipper Dawid Malan scored 95 runs in the first match but missed out in the second match and was dismissed for just 13 runs.
Tim Murtagh and Toby Roland James shared two wickets apiece and restricted the opposition to a score of just 283 runs in their 50 overs. Nathan Sowter went wicketless after his excellent 6/55 in the first match. He will be looking to take more wickets this match.
Aiden Markram – Markram has scores of 24 & 31 in the two matches played so far. He is looking in good form and rhythm but is missing out on big scores. He can be effective with his bowling too as seen in the last match.
Kyle Abbott –Abbott is bowling superbly upfront and taking wickets at the top to stop the opposition batsmen. He took three wickets to make Kent reel at 28/3 in 8 overs the last match which set the tone for the match.
James Vince (c), Tom Alsop (wk), Aiden Markram, Sam Northeast, Rilee Rossouw, Aneurin Donald, Liam Dawson, James Fuller/Gareth Berg, Kyle Abbott, Mason Crane, Chris Wood
George Scott – George Scott scored 63 runs of just 30 balls in the first match with 5 maximums and three boundaries. His firepower down the order helped the team post a huge total of 366 runs in that match.
Tim Murtagh – When all the players are going at an economy rate of over 6 RPO, Murtagh has been giving runs just under 4 RPO. He has mighty effective with his bowling in the middle phase of the game.
Eoin Morgan, Paul Stirling, James Harris, John Simpson (wk), Dawid Malan (c), Tim Murtagh, Toby Roland-Jones, Nick Gubbins, Tom Helm, George Scott, Nathan Sowter, Max Holden, Stephen Sean Eskinazi
Rose Bowl is one of the high scoring grounds in England. Any score below 300 is considered below par and can be chased down easily here. Fast bowlers might enjoy some swing early with the new ball. Southampton promises to have sunny weather with less to no chances of rain interruption.