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Both the teams are off to a weak start, can Kent move up from the bottom position on the table?
We predict that Hampshire will defeat Kent.
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ONE DAY | Venue: Kent County Cricket Ground, Beckenham | Toss: To BatBet Now
In this Group 2 contest of the Royal London One-Day Cup, Kent will play against Hampshire on 8th August 2021. The venue for this match is Kent County Cricket Ground, Beckenham. Kent will have home advantage in this match. Kent currently stands last and Hampshire holds 6th position on the Group 2 points table.
In the past 5 head-to-head matches between these teams, Hampshire have won three and Kent have won two matches. Looking at the stats, Hampshire has a clear edge in this match, but both the teams have begun this tournament with weak performances. It will be interesting to see, which team pulls off a win in this match.
In the Royal London One-Day Cup, Kent have not been in the expected form and have been off to a weaker start this season. They have played 6 matches so far and have won just one, lost three, and two matches ended with no result. They are currently placed last on the Group 2 points table. Ollie Robinson and Tawanda Muyeye are the opening batsmen. They have the responsibility to get the team off to a quick start. Both the batsmen haven’t been in great batting form and this might be a concern for the Kent batting unit. Jack leaning and George Munsey have to play the role of anchor and provide batting stability. George Munsey has been batting well and has consistently scored runs this season. Marcus O’Riordan and Hamidullah Qadri are the finishers for Kent.
Kent has limited bowling alternatives available in their playing 11. This can be a weaker link for the team as a bowler might have a bad day and there won’t be any alternative bowling option for the Captain. Nathan Gilchrist has been the star bowler for Kent. In their previous match against Middlesex, Gilchrist claimed 5 wickets for 45 runs in 6.3 overs. Matt Quinn and Hamidullah Qadri are bowlers to watch out for in the bowling unit. Grant Stewart and James Logan are the remaining two bowling alternatives that add to the bowling attack with their economical overs.
Key Players: Jack Leaning, George Munsey, Marcus O’Riordan, Hamidullah Qadri
Jack Leaning (c), Ollie Robinson, Tawanda Muyeye, George Munsey, Harry Finch, Marcus O’Riordan, Hamidullah Qadri, Grant Stewart, James Logan, Nathan Gilchrist, Matt Quinn.
Hampshire have failed to impress with their performance until now this season. They have played 6 matches, won two, lost three and one match ended with no result. Hampshire currently holds 6th position on Group 2 points table. The Bowling department has been a weaker link for the Hampshire squad. Tom Alsop and Tom Prest are the opening batsmen for Hampshire. Both the batsmen are in excellent batting form and have impressed with their batting skills this season. Joe Weatherley, Ian Holland, and Lewis McManus form the middle order batting. The middle-order batsmen haven’t been able to provide the required stability to the batting order. The batting seems to be weak at the tail and lack of effective finishers is one of the concerns for this team.
Kyle Abbott being the captain of Hampshire is expected to lead the bowling attack. He has delivered economical overs until now but the consistency in claiming wickets has been missing. John Turner and James Fuller are another pair of bowlers who are capable to destroy the opponent’s batting lineup.
Key Players: Tom Alsop, Tom Prest, Joe Weatherley, Lewis McManus, Kyle Abbott, John Turner
Tom Alsop, Tom Prest, Nick Gubbins, Joe Weatherley, Ian Holland, Lewis McManus, James Fuller, Felix Organ, Tom Scriven, Kyle Abbott(c), John Turner.
The weather for this match will be overcast, with a possibility of light rains. The temperature will vary between 24°C to 13°C.
The venue for this match is Kent County Cricket Ground, Beckenham. This venue provides great batting conditions, so expect this match to be a run riot.
Toss be vital in this match. Whichever team wins the toss, will choose to bat first.
Both the teams lack confidence in this match due to their poor performances this season. Hampshire has an edge over Kent in this match from the previous stats between these two teams, but Kent will have home advantage in this match. It will be important for both the teams to win this match as teams have been missing a few matches this season due to rains. Losing a match takes the team farther away from the title win and a loss cannot be afforded at this stage of the tournament.
We predict that Hampshire will defeat Kent.
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