Man of the Match: Stephen Eskinazi
Miserable Middlesex to host Glamorgan
We predict that Glamorgan will defeat Middlesex.
On June 27th, Middlesex will host Glamorgan at Radlett Cricket Club, Radlett to play their 8th game of this season. The match will kick off at 14:30 pm local time. Glamorgan has secured 6 points so far with 2 victories in 8 games. Middlesex are at the bottom of the table after losing 6 of their 7 encounters. Middlesex were handed their 6th defeat of this seson by Surrey in their recent game. The London Derby saw Middlesex put a target of 175 runs on board with help of Steve Eskinai’s and Daryl Mitchell’s half-centuries. Batting second, Surrey chased the target in 19 overs with England international Ollie Pope scoring 52 runs off 35 balls. Australian-born leg-spinner Nathan Sowter took 2 wickets for 16 runs in his 3 overs spell. But it all went in vain as the other key bowlers gave more than 10 runs in their bowling quota.
Glamorgan bowling unit got exposed to the firecracker attack of the Gloucestershire Gladiators in their most recent game. Skipper Chris Cook’s decision to invite Gloucs to bat backfired on them as the Gladiators set a target of 217 runs on board in a run-fest. Kiwi keeper Glenn Phillips remained not out on 94 off 41 balls. In reply, Glamorgan lacked the finishing touches and well-planned run chase. 182 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in the second innings showed them their 4th defeat of this season.
The head-to-head statistics don’t look good for the Greater London side. Glamorgan have won 9 of their 11 encounters against the Middlesex. They continued to dominate Middlesex this season too, with a 21 runs victory in the first game. Batting first, the Welsh side put 150 runs on board with their opener Colin Ingram scoring half of the team total. Eoin Morgan led Middlesex side could score 129 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. Australian-born Dutch bowling all-rounder Timm van der Gugten picked 3 wickets for 16 runs in his 4 overs to hand over a defeat to the visitors.
Everything is not normal in the Middlesex camp. They tasted a victory in their 3rd game of the season against Hampshire. Since then, they have been beaten four times in a row. Though Opener Steve Eskinazi’s recent revival raised hope to the Middlesex camp, the lack of support from the other side have resulted in Middlesex’s fall this season. Eskinazi’s 102 runs in 61 balls against Essex and 64 off 41 balls against Surrey in the Middlesex’s last two games could not change the fortune. Though he is leading the runs scoring chart for Middlesex, he would expect a helping hand from other top-order batsmen like Joe Cracknell and Daryl Mitchell.
Skipper Steven Finn is leading the bowling unit for Middlesex with 11 wickets at an average of 19.45. Aussie Bowling all-rounder Chris Green has been providing him the required assist with 10 wickets at an average of 23.10. But the main cause of concern is the economy. Except for Nick Gubbins, no one has an economy of less than 8. AS a result, Middlesex has lost 6 games each in both formats of the County (Championship & Vitality Blast) this season.
Key Players: Stevie Eskinazi, Steven Finn, Chris Green
Stephen Eskinazi, Joe Cracknell, Nick Gubbins, Daryl Mitchell, John Simpson (wk), Luke Hollman, Chris Green, Nathan Sowter, Blake Cullen, Tom Helm, Steven Finn (c)
Max Holden, Tom Helm, Nick Gubbins, Luke Hollman, Joe Cracknell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Stephen Eskinazi, Daryl Mitchell, John Simpson, Nathan Sowter, ST Finn
It looks like another failed season for the Glams. 2 wins in 8 games is something management would like to address to their players before they enter the Radlett Pitch. Nicholas Selman and Colin Ingram will open for Glamorgan. The pair haven’t had their moments and it is high time to turn the tables around. Marnus Labuschagne and David Lloyd have perfectly fitted in the roles of 3rd and 4th position. Labuschagne is leading the run-scorer table for the Glamorgan with 294 runs at an average of 58.80. He is also one of the leading from Glamorgan as he has picked 7 wickets for them (1 less than their leading wicket-taker Daniel Douthwaite).
The bowling unit has not been successful for Glamorgan. They have collectively picked 34 wickets of a possible 60. In fact, in their last game, they gave 10.8 runs per over. This unequal load distribution has marred the Wales side with a higher failure rate. The inclusion of Michael Neser can provide the solutions for Glams.
Key Players: David Lloyd, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Finn
Nicholas Selman, David Lloyd, Colin Ingram, Marnus Labuschagne, Chris Cooke (c & wk), Kiran Carlson, Callum Taylor, Daniel Douthwaite, James Weighell, Timm van der Gugten, Prem Sisodiya
Callum Taylor, Timm van der Gugten, Colin Ingram, David Lloyd, Billy Root, Roman Walker, Prem Sisodiya, Daniel Douthwaite, James Weighell, Kiran Carlson, Chris Cooke
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It is a batting track. The maximum and minimum temperatures are predicted to be 22°C and 14 °C respectively, with a wind speed of 9 to 15 kmph. 6 hours of Showers are expected on June 27th.
The game will be played at Radlett Cricket Club. Built in 1938, the stadium has a capacity of 4000.
3 domestic T20s have been played at Radlett Cricket Club. The team chasing the target has been successful on all occasions. Bowling first will be an ideal option in such a scenario after winning the toss.
Middlesex are going through a rough patch. Even their record against Glamorgan is not helping them. Glamorgan have successfully chased the target set by Middlesex 6 times. Combining it with the statistics at Radlett Cricket Club, Glamorgan will add misery to Middlesex’s fate.
We predict that Glamorgan will defeat Middlesex.