Hampshire face Sussex in what is promising to be a high scoring match!
Our prediction is that Hampshire will win against Sussex in a home game at Rose Bowl.
The Royal London One Day Cup is being played between 18 England and Wales county teams divided in North and South group. This is the fifth season of the tournament that started in 2014.
The defending champions Hampshire will take on Sussex in a South Group match at home on 2nd May 2019. These two teams do not have a rich history in the Royal London One Day Cup. Before 2018, Hampshire reached quarters only once and Sussex have been at the bottom on the table throughout the 5 seasons of this tournament.
Both the teams are in form this season and it will be interesting to see if Sussex are able to hold off the defending champions at Rose Bowl.
Barring quarter-final in the 2016 season and the Championship in the last season, Hampshire has been in the lower half of the ranking table in the rest of the seasons. However, they have truly begun this season as champions winning 5 of the first 6 matches.
Barring the loss to Essex they have had 5 comprehensive victories in the South Group. 4 of the 5 wins have come batting first where Hampshire scored more 300-plus totals. The winning margins for those matches were more than 50. In the recent match against Surrey, on the back of a century by Liam Dawson, Hampshire put up another 300-plus score. Defending 307, they had Surrey all-out for 254 with South African Kyle Abbot claiming 3 wickets and centurion Dawson picking up two for the team.
Captain Vince, Markram, Rossouw, and Dawson make it solid batting lineup and the likes of Abbot and Dawson for the core of the bowling group. Hampshire is already on the top of the table and they would want to maintain that position especially with the home advantage on their side.
James Vince (c), Kyle Abbott, Tom Alsop (wk), Gareth Berg, Aneurin Donald, Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Aiden Markram, Sam Northeast, Rilee Rossouw, Brad Wheal
Historically, Sussex has been one of the worst teams of the Royal London One Day Cup. In 4 of the last 5 editions, they have been one of the bottom two teams of the group. Last year, they finished 8th in the table. This year though Sussex have started brilliantly winning 4 of the first 5 matches. The defeat to Somerset has been the only loss Sussex have suffered so far. While a couple of victories have been comprehensive, another couple were very close, especially the one against Essex.
Bowling first, Sussex restricted Essex to 283 in 50 overs. In the chase, Sussex top order failed and they looked down at out at 94 for 6. But Evans (68) and Beer (75) put up a 121 run partnership to bring the chase back to shape and Briggs finished it with a gutsy 37. Sussex managed to win the thriller by 1 wicket with just a ball to spare.
Although Sussex has won 4 out of 5, the regular top order failure would be a matter of concern for Captain Ben Brown. Against Surrey as well, they were 110 for 4 when David Wiese’s 95 bailed them off. Sussex would look for consistency as they look to defeat the defending champions, Hampshire.
BC Brown (c&wk), PD Salt, LJ Wright, HZ Finch, LJ Evans, WAT Beer, D Wiese, Mir Hamza, DR Briggs, A Sakande, George Garton
Rose Bowl in Southampton seems to be a batting first wicket. Out of the 21 ODI’s played at this venue, 11 have been won by the team batting first. In Royal London One Day cup, three of the last four wins at this venue have been by the team batting first.
The team winning the Toss should look to Bat first at this ground and then defend the total in wearing pitch conditions.
This is a match between two batting strong teams. The defending champions Hampshire have scored 300-plus and won every time they batted first in the tournament so far and have successfully chased 290-plus score once. Sussex chased down 298 with rather ease against Kent. However, overall Hampshire seems to be in better shape and are playing at home where they have won the last 4 successive matches here.
Thus, our prediction is that Hampshire will beat Sussex in the home game on 2nd May 2019.
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