Our prediction is Middlesex will win the match!
Glamorgan team is almost knocked out of further qualification in the tournament and they would look to play spoilsport in other team`s chances in their final matches. They have now won their last two matches and looks like a team that is relieved of qualification pressure. Billy Root`s 98 and Chris Crooke`s 161 helped their post a massive total of 331 runs. Merchant de Lange has played some good knocks down the order to boost the team total.
Their bowlers restricted the opposition to scores lower than 260 and helped their team win by good margins. Merchant de Lange and Graham Wagg have taken 12 and 9 wickets respectively so far. Other bowlers have chipped in with wickets at crucial times and held the pressure on the opposition team consistently. Glamorgan has nothing to lose now and are playing with an open mind.
Middlesex team is struck in the mid-table muddle and they need to win every match to push their case for selection. They come off from a massive win by 122 runs against Somerset. Sam Robson`s inclusion turned out to be a masterstroke as he scored 106 runs at the top. Nick Gubbins provided good support and scored 90 runs and has been their leading run scorer so far.
All the other batsmen chipped in win crucial 20s and 30s to help their team post a total of 364 runs. Nathan Sowter and Tom Helm have shared 32 wickets so far and are among the leading wicket-takers this season. They are very consistent with the ball in every match. Roland-James and Harris shared 2 wickets each last match and helping their team bowling. Middlesex will be delighted with their performance both with the bat and ball in the last match.
Nick Gubbins – Gubbins has been unlucky and missed out on century twice with 98* & 90 so far. He will be very eager and pumped up to score a century this season. He must capitalize his good form with the bat.
Tom Helm – Helm has taken 14 wickets so far and provided the much-needed wickets early. But, he needs to concentrate on his economy rate as he was leaking runs at nearly 7 RPO.
Stats from the season:
Nick Gubbins – 278 runs, Avg. – 70, HS-98*, 50s-3
Nathan Sowter – 18 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 17.9, Economy – 5.4 RPO, BB – 6/62
James Harris, Sam Robson, John Simpson(wk), Toby Roland-Jones, Nick Gubbins, Tom Helm, George Scott, Nathan Sowter, Max Holden, Stephen Sean Eskinazi (c), Ross Taylor/Dawid Malan
Billy Root – Root has scores of 113* & 98 in the last two encounters. He has returned to form and is scoring runs in grand fashion. He was instrumental in helping his team post totals in excess of 330 runs.
Graham Wagg – Wagg is having an excellent season both with the bat and ball scoring 176 runs and taking 9 wickets. He has figures of 3/57 & 3/46 in last two matches and is looking very impressive in middle overs.
Stats from the season:
Billy Root – 271 runs, Avg. – 68, HS - 113, 100s-1, 50s - 1
Merchant de Lange – 12 wickets, Bowl Avg. -25, Economy – 6.6 RPO, BB – 4/63
Graham Wagg, Timm van der Gugten, Chris Cooke (c & wk), Marchant de Lange, David Lloyd, Marnus Labuschagne, Charlie Hemphrey, Jeremy Lawlor, Billy Root, Lukas Carey, Daniel Douthwaite
Lord's pitch is good batting pitch and is known to make run-scoring easy. But, it is by no means a flat deck where 350 runs can be scored easily. Average runs here will be around 280-300 runs. The match day weather looks good with the sunny climate and only 50% chances of rain.
Glamorgan has been batting first in last two matches and won easily by 60-70 run margins. The pitch might be good for batting early in the match and may get tougher under lights. So, both teams will look to bat first here.
Glamorgan is playing with the qualification pressure off their back and is a big force to reckon for the opposition teams. Middlesex is playing good all-round cricket and they have home conditions to their advantage. So we expect Middlesex to win this contest!
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