Essex look to build on the momentum
KENT WILL WIN THE MATCH
Vitality T20 Blast is coming to the final group phase with only 2 matches remaining for every team. Kent are in a pretty good position with a three way race with Sussex and Surrey for the top-2 position of the points table. Kent needs to win every match to put themselves in the pole position for qualification for knockouts. Essex on the other end have been struggling in the bottom half of the points table so far. But, they have won their last two matches on a row and will look for an outside chance to go into the quarterfinals. A win in this match will not only help them go ahead but also push the opposition back.
Kent opener Daniel Bell Drummond (89 runs) did the bulk of run scoring last match but failed to finish the match in final moments. Jordan Cox played a crucial hand of 39 runs off 21 balls and remained unbeaten till the end. Kent failed to score 9 runs off the last over and succumbed to loss by 2 runs despite a good partnership between Cox and Bell Drummond.
Fred Klassen and Matt Milnes went for a lot of runs last game with economy rate of over 10 RPO. Grant Stewart, Imran Quayyum, and Jack Leaning chipped in with economical overs in the middle overs and had combined bowling figures of 9-0-59-2 in the match.
Top players to bet on:
Daniel Bell-Drummond – Bell Drummond has 358 runs at a strike arte of 165 in this season. He scored a brilliant 89 runs last match but was dismissed in the final over failing to get his team over the line.
Imran Quayyum – Quayyum bowled a superb spell of 4-0-21-1 despite other bowlers giving away lot of runs. He will look to continue his good performance with the ball in the middle overs.
Daniel Bell-Drummond (c), Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Heino Kuhn, Alex Blake, Jack Leaning, Jordan Cox (wk), Grant Stewart, Matt Milnes, Imran Qayyum, Fred Klaassen
Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sam Billings, Grant Stewart, Heino Kuhn, Zak Crawley, Fred Klaassen, Matt Milnes, Alex Blake, Jack Leaning, Imran Qayyum, Joe Denly
Essex won their second match on a trot after failing to win in the first six matches. Their top-3 batsmen Cameron Delport (31 runs), Tom Westley (51 runs), and Daniel Lawrence (49* runs) scored runs with the bat for the team. Ryan ten Doeschate chipped in with vital 29 runs to finish the innings on a good note.
Their bowling unit performed superbly with every bowler taking wicket and going for runs at less than 7 RPO. Aaron Nijjar and Jack Plom shared 5 wickets between them while Mathew Quinn, Paul Walter, Simon Harmer, and Samuel Cook chipped in with a wicket each in the match.
Top players to bet on:
Tom Westley – Westleu scored 51 runs off 37 balls and shared two good partnerships with Delport and Lawrence to set the platform for his team.
Aaron Nijjar – Nijjar started the downfall of the opposition with a wicket in his first over. He finished with figures of 4-0-22-3 in the match to lead his team to victory comfortably.
Tom Westley, Cameron Delport, Daniel Lawrence, Michael-Kyle Pepper (wk), Ryan ten Doeschate, Paul Walter, Simon Harmer (c), Matthew Quinn, Jack Plom, Aron Nijjar, Samuel Cook
Micheal Pepper, Cameron Delport, Paul Walter, Daniel Lawrence, Aron Nijjar, Samuel Cook, Tom Westley, Matthew Quinn, RN ten Doeschate, Jack Plom, SR Harmer
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||14||0 mm.||5.29 k/h||From: ENE||7%|
|03h||14||0 mm.||5.33 k/h||From: ENE||74%|
|06h||14||0 mm.||5.89 k/h||From: ENE||75%|
|09h||17||0 mm.||7.77 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|12h||18||0 mm.||8.2 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|15h||18||0 mm.||8.19 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|18h||17||0 mm.||7.27 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|21h||17||0 mm.||7.17 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
Canterbury is expected to have bright sunshine on the match day and we expect no weather interruptions whatsoever in this match.
Canterbury is one of the high scoring venues in the favor of batsmen this season. We can expect average scores around 160-180 runs on this pitch. Both teams sord over 18+ runs ast match at this venue.
The pitch is expected to remain good for batting throughout the match so we expect both teams to field first if they win the toss.
Kent has a very strong batting line-up with solid attacking openers and effective middle order batsmen. Bowling has been their worry as their bowlers have conceded 180+ runs many times this season. Essex has form and momentum on their side with two wins on a trot recently with their batting and bowling unit performing well in cohesion. But, we expect Kent to win this match owing to their home conditions and better record in this season.
KENT WILL WIN THE MATCH