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Middlesex’s quest for the perfect start at home
Middlesex to win
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ONE-DAY | Venue: Radlett Cricket Club, Radlett, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Middlesex would start their campaign in Royal London One-Day Cup 2022 taking on Leicestershire. They have a strong side with depth in batting as well as bowling. Playing at home the side would be aiming for its first points of the season. Leicestershire has made a good start and won comfortably against Surrey in their first game. The side would look to carry the momentum forward.
Middlesex has had a dominant record against Leicestershire. The side has won the last four games played between two teams which will add to their confidence here. They are playing at home and know these conditions well. Leicestershire isn’t likely to surrender after making a good start to the season. We are likely to see a close contest between the two teams which may go down the wire.
Stephen Eskinazi would be confident going into this game. The side played well in the practice game coming into this contest and has its batting line-up in good form. They know the conditions well and have a very strong batting line-up. Their record against Leicestershire has been good and Eskinazi shall look to extend it with a good start to the season.
Stephen Eskinazi has been among the runs in recent games, and he will look to set up a big opening wicket stand with Mark Stoneman. Pieter Malan is an experienced player, and he will look to do well in the middle order with Sam Robson and Max Holden. Joe Cracknell is an excellent hitter of the ball, and he will look to make runs along with Martin Andersson and Luke Hollman.
Their bowlers will have to be on their toes as their opponents have a strong batting line-up. Umesh Yadav energizes the side’s bowling attack, and he will look to deliver early breakthroughs with Thilan Walallawita. Andersson and Hollman know these conditions well and they will look to make it count. Robson and Holden add variety and offer bowling options to the skipper.
Stephen Eskinazi (c), Sam Robson, Joe Cracknell (wk), Max Holden, Thilan Walallawita, Ethan Bamber, Martin Andersson, Umesh Yadav, Pieter Malan, Luke Hollman, Mark Stoneman
Lewis Hill’s side came up with a command performance in the last game against Surrey. They bowled well and restricted their opponents to a small total and followed it up with a clinical run chase. They don’t have a great record against Middlesex, and this might be on the back of their minds. Hill would want his team to be at its best a deliver a strong performance in this game.
Nick Welch scored a hundred in the last game, and this would make him confident. He must set up a strong opening wicket stand with Rishi Patel in this game. Hill and Wiaan Mulder are experienced players, and they would have to do well in the middle order with Louis Kimber in this game. The side would also expect runs from Arron Lilley, Nathan Bowley, and Beuran Hendricks in this game.
Beuran Hendricks was brilliant with his 4-wicket haul in the last game, and he must make early inroads with Chris Wright. Mulder shall enjoy the conditions as they would suit his bowling. Nathan Bowley and Tom Scriven are looking in good form and they will look to trouble Middlesex batting which looks strong. Lilley adds to the bowling options for the team.
Lewis Hill (c), Nick Welch, Arron Lilley, Wiaan Mulder, Rishi Patel, Louis Kimber, Nathan Bowley, Beuran Hendricks, Tom Scriven, Harry Swindells (wk), Chris Wright
There are predictions of partly cloudy skies over Radlett on August 4. We expect the conditions to be challenging for batting at the start of the game. The track will be flat but there would be slight movement off the surface. A score of 300 runs can be defended here with good bowling.
Radlett Cricket Club, Radlett is a small venue and we have seen batsmen play freely in the past. There is assistance on this track for the fast bowlers with the new ball but as the ball gets older it is difficult for them. Spinners find it tough to bowl at this venue as the wicket doesn’t offer much support.
In the past, we have seen the sides chasing the scores win at this venue. Being a small venue, it allows batsmen to pace their innings when they have a target score in mind. Hence, the side that wins the toss here would look to bowl first and aim at restricting their opponents to a small total.
Leicestershire has won the first game, but they would be facing a bigger challenge. Their record against Middlesex has been poor and this is likely to play on the minds of the team. They have to bowl well in this game as their opponents have good hitters of the ball. Middlesex has a strong line-up and key players have done well in recent games. This would make them favorites in this game.
Middlesex to win
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