Middlesex aims to seal playoff berth against Kent!
Our Prediction is Middlesex to win!
Host Kent will be looking to continue their winning momentum when they take on Middlesex in the South Group game of Royal London One-Day Cup in Canterbury on Tuesday.
Kent will be focused to end their campaign with a victory over Middlesex. Captain Heino Kuhn will be hoping that the side can deliver their best cricket in this home fixture.
On the other hand, Middlesex will be keen to secure their place in the playoffs of the competition. Middlesex is currently lying at the second position in the league table with 10 points in 7 matches played so far this season. Captain Stephen Sean Eskinazi will be hoping that the side can continue their winning streak in this game.
The side will be looking to end their season on a positive note. Skipper Heino Kuhn will be hoping that the side can continue their good form with bat and ball in this final round-robin game.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Zak Crawley, Daniel-Bell Drummond, and Matt Renshaw to do the bulk of the scoring. In the previous game, Bell Drummond scored a splendid century to help Kent chase down a score of 272 runs. He scored unbeaten 120 off 123 balls with the help of fourteen boundaries. Zak Crawley has been a consistent performer for Kent in this year’s competition. He is currently Kent’s leading run-scorer with 274 runs in 7 matches at an average of 45. 66. Crawley also showed good form in the previous game and scored 94 off 108 balls with the help of eleven fours. He put on a mammoth 188-run partnership with Daniel-Bell Drummond to help Kent get off to a flying start in the chase. Matt Renshaw has also contributed with decent scores for the side throughout the competition. The left-hander will be looking to do well in this final game of the competition.
Captain Heino Kuhn has struggled to get going with the bat in this year’s tournament. He has managed to score 80 runs in 5 matches at an average of 26.66.
Wicket-keeper Adam Rouse, Alex Blake, and Oliver Robinson also need to contribute with the bat in this game.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Harry Podmore and Matt Milnes to deliver breakthroughs with the new-ball. The pace duo bowled well in the previous game played against Essex and picked up five wickets between them. Medium-pacer Matt Milnes has shown excellent form for the side so far this season. He has picked up 15 wickets in 7 matches at an average of 27.13.
Daniel Bell-Drummond, Alex Blake, Heino Kuhn (captain), Adam Rouse (wk), Harry Podmore, Matt Renshaw, Oliver Robinson, Zak Crawley, Fred Klaassen, Matt Milnes, Imran Qayyum
On the other hand, Middlesex will fancy themselves against Kent and sail into the playoffs of Royal London One-Day Cup. Middlesex notched up a comfortable win over Glamorgan, courtesy splendid performances from Nick Gubbins, Sam Robson and Toby Roland-Jones.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Nick Gubbins, Stephen Sean Eskinazi and Sam Robson to do the bulk of the scoring. Sam Robson played well in the previous game and scored 79 off 91 balls to help Middlesex get off to a decent start in the chase. He put on a 147-run partnership with Nick Gubbins to see Middlesex placed in a good position to win the game.
Besides Robson, Gubbins also played well and scored 92 off 91 balls with the help of twelve boundaries. He has been the leading run-scorer for the side so far this season with 370 runs in 6 matches at an average of 74.00 with four half-centuries to his name. Ross Taylor will need to spend time at the crease in order to find form with the bat. He will be keen to produce a score in this game.
Stephen Sean Eskinazi led from the front with the bat and scored 71 off 58 balls with the help of nine boundaries. He played a crucial inning to help Middlesex chase down a target of 286 runs. He has been in excellent form so far this season and scored 312 runs in 7 matches at an average of 62.40.
Middlesex will be looking towards their in-form players to produce notable scores against Kent.
In the bowling department, new-ball pair of Toby-Roland Jones and Tom Helm will deliver breakthroughs for the side in this game. The pace duo has collectively picked up 26 wickets for the side so far this season. Leg-spinner Nathan Sowter has been a standout performer for the side in the previous game. He picked up four wickets and conceded 58 runs from his ten overs.
Stephen Sean Eskinazi (captain), Sam Robson, Max Holden, Nick Gubbins, Ross Taylor, John Simpson (wk), George Scott, Toby Roland-Jones, James Harris, Nathan Sowter, Tom Helm
The wicket prepared for the game will be excellent for batting. The spinners will get some assistance from this surface. The weather forecast for the game on Tuesday is going to be sunny intervals with a gentle breeze.
St. Lawrence Ground in Canterbury has not been a happy hunting ground for Kent in this year’s competition. The side has lost all their games played at Canterbury so far this season. Middlesex will be confident of doing well in this fixture.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposition under 300 runs. The spinners will play a crucial role in this game. Kent lost their previous game played at this venue.
Kent has notched up two back-to-back victories in the competition. The side will need to maintain their consistency with bat and ball in order to beat a strong side like Middlesex in this game.
Middlesex have quality players in their playing XI and will fancy their chances against Kent in this contest. The side’s bowling is much superior in comparison to Kent.
Expect Middlesex to secure their place in the playoffs by winning this match!
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