Middlesex’s tough battle against Hampshire for first win
Middlesex to win
In a very important game of the South Group in the Vitality T20 Blast 2021 Middlesex would be up against the Hampshire Hawks. Both the sides are coming into this game after losing their previous games and there would be pressure on them. Middlesex went down against the Kent Spitfires while Hampshire Hawks lost to the Sussex Sharks in a one-sided game.
Hampshire Hawks are struggling with their bowling and it has been the reason behind both their losses this season. They would be up against a very strong batting line-up and shall need to do well on this front to win the game. Middlesex too hasn’t opened its account yet and it remains to be seen how well they are able to make use of the home advantage.
It hasn’t been the perfect start to the season for Eoin Morgan’s side as they have lost both their games so far. Poor batting in the last game saw them go down against Kent Spitfires by 16 runs. The side would have to gather its spirits back and look forward to registering their first win of the season on this game.
Paul Stirling and Stephen Eskinazi didn’t trouble the scorers much in the last game and need to put together a solid stand in this game. In the middle order the side would need good show from Morgan and John Simpson. They have good depth in the batting as we had seen in the last game and the likes of Chris Green, Luke Hollman and Nathan Sowter would look to make good use of the long handle.
Their bowling attack needs to bounce back to form after the poor show in the last game. Ethan Bamber and Green have to bowl tight spells with the new ball and also pick wickets. Steven Finn has lot of experience and the side would also look for better bowling from Blake Cullen and Nathan Sowter in this game.
Eoin Morgan (c), Stephen Eskinazi, Paul Stirling, Max Holden, John Simpson (wk), Luke Hollman, Chris Green, Nathan Sowter, Blake Cullen, Steven Finn, Ethan Bamber
Ethan Bamber, Christopher Green, Luke Hollman, Joe Cracknell, Paul Stirling, Blake Cullen, Eoin Morgan, Stephen Eskinazi, John Simpson, Nathan Sowter, ST Finn
James Vince’s side lost out in the last game against the Sussex Sharks by 9 wickets. Their bowling attack was blown to pieces and they will have to improve on that. They have one win in three games so far and Vince would look to exploit the poor form that Middlesex are in at the moment.
Openers James Vince and D’Arcy Short will need to offer a good start being the best batsmen in the side. In the middle order Joe Weatherley and Tom Alsop have to convert their starts which they failed to do in the last game. Runs would also be expected from Lewis McManus, James Fuller and Liam Dawson in this game.
Their bowlers failed to execute the plans in the last game and need to come up with a better show here. Bradley Wheal and Chris Wood need to grab early wickets in this game. Ian Holland and Dawson were expensive against Sussex and have to bowl tighter lines. The side has variety in the attack with D’Arcy Short, Mason Crane and Fuller in the side.
James Vince (c), D’Arcy Short, Tom Alsop, Joe Weatherley, Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Lewis McManus (wk), Ian Holland, Chris Wood, Mason Crane, Bradley Wheal
Ryan Stevenson, Mason Crane, KY Abbott, James Vince, Joe Weatherley, D'Arcy Short, Liam Dawson, Tom Alsop, James Fuller, Lewis McManus, Bradley Wheal
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|03h||16||0 mm.||3.08 k/h||From: N||83%|
|06h||14||0 mm.||3.26 k/h||From: NNE||92%|
|09h||16||0 mm.||2.63 k/h||From: NNE||99%|
|12h||20||0 mm.||1.41 k/h||From: N||97%|
|15h||22||0 mm.||1.89 k/h||From: WNW||40%|
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It will be warm and comfortable weather at Radlett on June 15 and we expect the conditions to be good for batting. The track is expected to be a flat one where lots of runs would be scored. Bowlers would have a tough time on this track and the side batting first would need to target a score of 180 runs.
Radlett Cricket Club, Radlett is one of the smallest venues in England and this is a place where batsmen have always enjoyed as the track is flat and allows them to play their strokes easily. Fast bowlers do get early assistance from the surface but there isn’t much in there for the spinners.
Majority of the sides have preferred to bowl first upon winning the toss this season as the knowledge of a target allows sides to pace their chase accordingly. We expect to see a similar script here and the side that wins the toss would opt to bowl first.
Both the sides have shown their struggles so far in the tournament and a win here would be very important for them. Middlesex has good strength in their batting but their bowling attack doesn’t look in good shape at the moment. Middlesex have good experience in both departments of the game and playing at home they would start favorites here.
Middlesex to win