Lancashire’s Test at Lord’s
Our Prediction is for Middlesex to win the match!
In the second quarter-final of the Royal London One-Day Cup 2019, Middlesex will play Lancashire at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, London. Middlesex had a wonderful run during the league stage winning six out of their eight games to finish second in the South Group and come into this game with three straight wins. Lancashire, on the other hand, had a mixed bag of the season where they won five out of eight games to finish third on the North Group points table.
In the league stages, Middlesex showed a great amount of consistency as compared to Lancashire and it would be interesting to see if the visitors are able to snatch a win and march into the semi-final of the season.
Sean Eskinazi’s side ended their league games with a remarkable win against Kent in their last game. They set up a big score and defended it successfully holding onto their nerves when needed. It has been a good season for the side and they have lost only two games so far. Eskinazi would hope his side keeps up with the momentum in the next game.
Opener Max Holden hit a big hundred and was well supported by the experienced Ross Taylor. Nick Gubbins has had a great season so far and with the likes of Sam Robson, Stephen Eskinazi, George Scott and John Simpson they have the batting firepower to dominate the game.
It is in the bowling department that side faces some challenges. While Nathan Sowter has been in great form and is currently the top wicket-taker George Scott and Toby Roland-Jones haven't had the best of form. James Harris picked four important wickets in the last game and this will give him confidence for the next one.
Sam Robson, Max Holden, Nick Gubbins, Ross Taylor, Stephen Sean Eskinazi (c), John Simpson (wk), George Scott, Toby Roland-Jones, James Harris, Nathan Sowter, Tom Helm
Dane Vilas’s team would have wished to end the league phase in a better manner than they did in their last game against Warwickshire. They lost key moments in the previous game which resulted in their loss. The captain would want his side to put all that behind and focus on winning the knockout tie against Middlesex.
Steven Croft and skipper Dane Vilas batted well in the last and there was a good contribution from Josh Bohannon and Saqib Mahmood towards the end. Keaton Jennings has also had a good season and with Jake Lehmann, in the side the batting line-up has a good experience. They will need a good start at the top something that missed in the last game.
In the bowling department, James Anderson looked in good form in the last game and would be expected to lead the attack. Saqib Mahmood has had a wonderful season and is the second highest wicket-taker. Graham Onions and Steven Croft completed a decent attack and will need to bowl well for the side to win this encounter.
James Anderson, Graham Onions, Steven Croft, Dane Vilas (c & wk), Keaton Jennings, Rob Jones, Jake Lehmann, Haseeb Hameed, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson, Josh Bohannon
There are chances of rain in London on May 10 and this might make batting difficult when the ball starts moving around. The pitch so far has been flat here and we have already seen some high scoring encounters. A score of around 300 runs would make the team comfortable if overcast conditions hold.
Lord’s Cricket Ground, London has surely become one of the best batting pitches in England where the ball comes into the bat nicely. While the bowlers have it their way in the initial few overs the pitch becomes easy to bat on as the game progresses as we have seen several high scoring encounters in recent times.
In the three games that have been played so far the side batting second have won on two occasions at this venue. With a forecast for rains on the day, the side batting second may have some advantage. We expect the side winning the toss to bowl first during this game.
It is a knockout game and there would be pressure on both the teams. Middlesex have had a great season with only two losses and come into this game with three back to back victories.
Lancashire has also done well but lost in their last game against Warwickshire. In terms of form and momentum, Middlesex seems to have a slight advantage over their rivals and this will make them favorites to win the next game!
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