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Middlesex vs Essex, VITALITY T20 BLAST 2022, Today Match Prediction

Lord's, London, England

140/8 in 20.0

7.00

161/6 in 20.0

8.05 Star
SCORECARD

Toss Winner - Middlesex won the toss and chose to bowl first

Essex beat Middlesex by 21 runs

Essex beat Middlesex by a whopping 61 runs the last time the two sides clashed in the Vitality T20 Blast.

  • Middlesex have won only 1 out of their last 8 matches.
  • Skipper Stevie Eskinazi has led from the front for Middlesex.
  • Michael Pepper will be the batter to watch out for Essex.

Back Essex as the winners of this game.

Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Lord's, London, England | Toss: To Bat

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LAN
WRW
DER
NOR
LEI
YOR
NOT
DUR
WOR
M
Won
Lost
Tied
NR
PTs
NRR
10
7
2
1
0
15
0.712
11
7
4
0
0
14
0.715
11
7
4
0
0
14
0.567
12
6
4
0
1
14
0.279
12
6
6
0
0
12
-0.192
9
4
4
1
0
9
0.778
9
3
5
0
1
7
-0.801
10
3
7
0
0
6
-0.604
10
1
8
0
0
3
-1.584

Middlesex and Essex both have a lot of catching up to do in the South Group if they are to make their way to the top. Middlesex are currently 7th in the table with just 8 points and a net run rate of -1.149. They will next face Essex who are doing a little better and are 4th on the table with 11 points and a net run rate of +0.341. Essex have already beaten Middlesex once this season and will start as favorites for this clash.    

Middlesex Preview

Middlesex have won just 1 game out of their last 8 matches and are clearly in need of some winning momentum. In their last match, they were beaten by 8 wickets by Glamorgan after posting 171-7.

For Middlesex, their three most successful batters will again be in focus. Skipper Stevie Eskinazi is their leading run-getter so far with 319 runs as an opener at a strike rate of 170.58. He’s followed by fellow opener Max Holden (267 runs at 132.17) and No.3 Joe Cracknell (288 runs at 126.13). 

Their bowling has revolved around fast bowler Martin Andersson who now has 17 wickets at an economy of 9.71. Off-spinner Chris Green (10 wickets at 8.72) and leg-spinner Luke Hollman (9 wickets at 9.75) have also done a good job in the middle. The team will also be counting on the consistent Jason Behrendorff to make a mark in this match. 
 

Middlesex Predicted Playing XI:

Stephen Eskinazi (c), Max Holden, Joe Cracknell, John Simpson (wk), Jack Davies, Luke Hollman, Chris Green, Martin Andersson, Tom Helm, Thilan Walallawita, Jason Behrendorff

Middlesex Key Players From Previous Game Of VITALITY T20 BLAST 2022

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
M Holden
58
51
3
1
113.73
J Cracknell
33
26
3
1
126.92
L Hollman
19
12
1
1
158.33
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
J Behrendorff
3.0
0
22
1
7.33
L Hollman
3.0
0
26
1
8.67
T Helm
2.0
0
27
0
13.5

Middlesex Actual Playing XI:

Christopher Green, Max Holden, Jason Behrendorff, Luke Hollman, Martin Andersson, Joe Cracknell, Toby Greatwood, Stephen Eskinazi, John Simpson, Thilan Walallawita, Jack Davies

Essex Preview

Essex had won 4 matches in a row before being beaten by Somerset in their last encounter. Somerset easily chased down their formidable target of 189 runs in just 17.2 overs with 8 wickets to spare. Michael Pepper top-scored again with a fantastic unbeaten 86 off 49 balls. Pepper is now the team’s leading run-getter with 312 runs at a strike rate of 158.37. Paul Walter, who smashed 58 off 29 balls in the last game, has 255 runs now at 149.12. Another batter to watch out for would be all-rounder Matthew Critchley (236 runs at 140.47).

Essex’s bowling has largely been decent. Critchley, with his leg-spin, has taken 14 wickets already at a terrific economy of 7.10. Then there’s Ben Allison (9 wickets at 9.70) and skipper Simon Harmer (8 wickets at 6.55). Harmer’s 4 overs of off-spin along with Critchley’s leg-spin have proven to be great for the team as the two spinners have managed to keep the batters under check.
 

Essex Predicted Playing XI:

Adam Rossington (wk), Feroze Khushi, Michael-Kyle Pepper, Matthew Critchley, Paul Walter, Tom Westley, Daniel Sams, Simon Harmer (c), Aron Nijjar, Ben Allison, Samuel Cook

Essex Key Players From Previous Game Of VITALITY T20 BLAST 2022

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
M Pepper
86
49
10
3
175.51
P Walter
58
29
4
5
200
F Khushi
16
15
3
0
106.67
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
D Sams
4.0
0
29
1
7.25
B Allison
2.0
0
32
1
16
A Nijjar
2.0
0
43
0
21.5

Essex Actual Playing XI:

Aaron Beard, Adam Rossington, Paul Walter, Dan Lawrence, Ben Allison, Feroze Khushi, Daniel Sams, Tom Westley, Samuel Cook, Simon Harmer, Michael Pepper

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
16
0 mm.
2.63 k/h
From: E
8%
03h
14
0 mm.
1.46 k/h
From: ENE
0%
06h
15
0 mm.
2.03 k/h
From: NE
6%
09h
19
0 mm.
2.79 k/h
From: ENE
58%
12h
19
1.39 mm.
0.91 k/h
From: E
93%
15h
19
1.17 mm.
0.45 k/h
From: NNW
100%
18h
21
0.16 mm.
0.98 k/h
From: SW
89%
21h
18
0.21 mm.
1.85 k/h
From: SW
80%

Weather Conditions

There have only been two matches played at Lord's this season so far and the wicket will still be fresh. The batters should enjoy the hardness of the surface while the seamers will get some bounce. Spinners might get some purchase too during the middle overs.

A thunderstorm is expected in London on the 23rd of June, but it shouldn’t last long and we should still get a full game.

Venue Details

In the first match played at Lord's this season in the Vitality T20 Blast, Middlesex posted a huge 208-7 after batting first and won the game by 20 runs. While the average score by the team batting first here is 170, the side taking the first strike in this game will be looking to post a target of at least 190-odd runs.

Toss: To Bat

Lord's is traditionally a good batting first wicket. The team winning the toss in this match is likely to bat first.

In the last 4 completed games between Middlesex and Essex, both sides have won 2 games each. Essex are looking much more balanced than Middlesex at the moment and will also take confidence from the fact that they have already beaten them once this season. They have a solid batting unit and Middlesex’s bowling will have to up their game to stop them.

Back Essex as the winners of this game.

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