Middlesex’s last shot at quarterfinal berth
Gloucestershire to win
We are into the 55th game in the Royal London One-Day Cup 2021 and hosts Middlesex would be up against the Gloucestershire at Radlett Cricket Club. Middlesex come here with a loss against Kent and have slipped to the 7th spot on the points table and have to win this game to keep their hopes alive. Gloucestershire defeated Hampshire comfortably in the last game and they would be high on confidence.
After to a slow start to the season Gloucestershire have made a good comeback winning three out of the last four games they have played. They are doing well with the bat at the moment, and it would be a big ask for Middlesex to defeat them in this game. However the fate of both the teams hangs in balance and we should have a good game on our hands.
Peter Handscomb would be extremely upset with the show his batsmen put up in the last game. Chasing 218 for victory against Kent in the last game the side went down by 21 runs. They need to pull up their socks in this game and win it by a big margin to keep their hopes alive for a place in the next round.
Max Holden and Stephen Eskinazi haven’t put up good stands so far in the competition and the side would need better efforts from them. Handscomb has to play well in the middle order and steer the innings along with Varun Chopra and Robbie White. The likes of Josh De Caires and Martin Andersson have scored runs lower down the order and good contributions would be expected from them.
Ethan Bamber and James Harris are looking good with the new ball, and they will have to play a very important role in this game. Remaining bowlers have been inconsistent in most games this season and the side would want to see better show from Thilan Walallawita, Toby Greatwood and Andersson in this game.
Peter Handscomb (c), Max Holden, Stephen Eskinazi, Varun Chopra, Robbie White (wk), Josh De Caires, Martin Andersson, James Harris, Thilan Walallawita, Ethan Bamber, Toby Greatwood
Chris Dent led his side to a comfortable win in the last game against Hampshire. They restricted them to a low total and batted well to win the game by 7 wickets. They are 5th on the points table right now and Dent would be aiming for a win in this game that would take them higher and ensure them of a place in the quarterfinals.
Chris Dent hasn’t been among runs, and he would like to offer a solid start with Ben Charlesworth who has been in incredible form. Jack Taylor has done well in the middle order and the side would like to see him build partnerships with Tom Lace and Graeme van Buuren. In George Scott and Tom Smith, the side has good hitters of the ball to follow.
Their bowlers are in good form and the side would like to see early wickets from Matt Taylor and Daniel Worrall here as their opponents are in poor form. Josh Shaw and Jared Warner shall look to contain the runs in the middle overs. Tom Smith and Graeme van Buuren add variety to this attack.
Chris Dent (c), Ben Charlesworth, Tom Lace (wk), Graeme van Buuren, Jack Taylor, George Scott, Tom Smith, Matt Taylor, Josh Shaw, Daniel Worrall, Jared Warner
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||15||0 mm.||6.78 k/h||From: SW||50%|
|03h||14||0 mm.||7.02 k/h||From: SW||67%|
|06h||14||0 mm.||6.91 k/h||From: SW||83%|
|09h||15||0 mm.||7.19 k/h||From: SW||99%|
|12h||17||0.83 mm.||6.71 k/h||From: WSW||98%|
|15h||18||1.46 mm.||8.06 k/h||From: WSW||88%|
|18h||17||0.59 mm.||6.45 k/h||From: WSW||79%|
|21h||14||0 mm.||4.12 k/h||From: SW||27%|
There are predictions for rains at Radlett on August 08 and we expect the conditions to be challenging for batting. The track is expected to be a flat as we have seen in the past games that have been played here. The side that bats first in this game would eye a total of 280 or more to feel comfortable.
Radlett Cricket Club, Radlett is a small venue and batsmen have always enjoyed batting on this track which is flat and offers them good scoring opportunities. Fast bowlers get early assistance from the surface and have done well with the new ball. It can be a very difficult venue for the spinners.
In the past we have seen the sides chasing the scores win at this venue. The wicket is good to chase scores as being a small venue it allows batsmen to pace their innings well. Hence, the side that wins the toss here should have no hesitation in batting first in this game.
Middlesex have been on and off with their form and most of their batsmen have struggled to score runs so far in the season. This is a major problem for the side as they go into this important game. Gloucestershire on their part have looked a much better side and come here with their confidence high. This would make them favorites to win this contest and book a place in the quarterfinals.
Gloucestershire to win