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Essex’s march towards the top spot on the points table
Essex to win
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ONE-DAY | Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, England | Toss: To BatBet Now
There has been intense competition in Group A of the Royal London One-Day Cup, 2021. In this context this game would be a very important one for host Lancashire as they take on Essex. Their last game against Worcestershire was washed away and the side would have to win this one to earn its entry into the next round. Essex is already through to the quarterfinal after their win over Sussex in the last game.
Lancashire had looked in brilliant form at the start of the season, but the side has lost the last two games that have been completed. Their batsmen have dropped in form, and this is worrying for the side. They don’t have the best of record against Essex and shall aim to turn it around in this game.
Tom Bailey’s side saw its last game against Worcestershire being washed away by rains. The side which has started the tournament with three straight wins has struggled in the last few games with its form. They are placed third on the points table, but they are tailed by three other teams. Lancashire must win this game to earn a confirmed place in the quarterfinals.
Josh Bohannon and Luke Wells have scored runs this season and they would aim to provide a good start here. Rob Jones and Steven Croft too have done well, and they would look to make contributions in the middle order with George Lavelle. Danny Lamb and George Balderson must add to the score down the order for the side.
The side would look for early wickets in the game from Liam Hurt and Bailey. Other bowlers have been expensive in the last few games, and this has been the problem area for the side. Danny Lamb, Balderson and Jack Morley must come up with tighter spells in this game for the side to win.
Tom Bailey (c), Josh Bohannon, Luke Wells, Rob Jones, Steven Croft, George Balderson, George Lavelle (wk), Taylor Cornall, Danny Lamb, Liam Hurt, Jack Morley
It was a wonderful effort from Tom Westley’s side in the last game against Sussex which they won by 97 runs. The side is doing well with the bat at the moment and have already earned a place in the quarterfinals. Westley shall like to use this game to gain momentum ahead of the knockout stage.
Alastair Cook and Josh Rymell have provided good starts to the side and the same would be expected from them in this game. Feroze Khushi comes here after a good innings in the last game and adds to the strength of the middle order with Westley and Paul Walter. In Ryan ten Doeschate, Aron Nihhar and Adam Wheater the side has good bowlers to follow.
Shane Snater and Simon Harmer have been excellent with the ball throughout the season and the side would expect early wickets from them in this game. Ryan ten Doeschate picked 4 wickets in the last game, and this would add to his confidence. With Ben Allison, Nijjar and Westley in the side there is good depth in their bowling.
Tom Westley (c), Adam Wheater (wk), Alastair Cook, Feroze Khushi, Josh Rymell, Ryan ten Doeschate, Paul Walter, Simon Harmer, Aron Nijjar, Ben Allison, Shane Snater
The skies over Manchester would see cloud cover on August 12 and there are chances of rains during the game. Batting conditions would be slightly challenging on this surface but batsmen who stick their ground have done well. A score of 280 or more would be good in these conditions.
Old Trafford, Manchester has a flat surface where ball comes on to the bat nicely and allows batsmen to play their strokes easily. Fast bowlers do get rewards from the surface when they bend their backs. The ground has been a good one for the spinners as there is good turn on offer.
The wicket at Old Trafford has been know for being friendly for the batsmen. Most teams in the past have put up big scores on the board and chasing here isn’t something that captains like. Hence, the side that wins the toss here would have no hesitation in batting first.
Lancashire haven’t quite lived up to the challenge in the last few games. They had made a good start, but their batting has let the side down in the last few games. They would be under pressure in this must-win game. Essex on the other hand are looking in better shape in both departments of the game and have momentum on their side which shall make them favourites.
Essex to win
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