Sussex Sharks’ march towards quarterfinals
Sussex Sharks to win
We are into the last round of league games in Vitality T20 Blast 2021 and Middlesex would be up against the Sussex Sharks at their home ground Lord’s. Their last game against Hampshire Hawks was abandoned due to rain and this ended all their hopes of making it to the next round. Sussex Sharks also saw their last game against Kent Spitfires being washed away due to rain.
Middlesex has had a poor season and the side has managed to win just two games so far. Their record against Sussex Sharks has been poor in the recent seasons and they have lost the last six games they have played against them. It will be interesting to see if they are able to come up with a different result in this game.
Steven Finn’s side is out of the contention for a place in the quarterfinal after their last game against the Hampshire Hawks was washed away by rain. The side had managed only one win in five games prior to that and shall be look to win here and restore their pride. Their bowling attack has been in poor for and the side would expect a better show from them here.
Stephen Eskinazi has looked in good form and shall need to start the proceedings well alongside Joe Cracknell. The side would also need runs in the middle order from Daryl Mitchell and Nick Gubbins who haven’t been consistent. Down the order the likes of John Simpson, Max Holden and Luke Hollman shall have to score runs for the side in this game.
Mujeeb ur Rahman has bowled well but the rest of the attack has been in poor form. The side would need tight spells in this game from Tom Helm and Steven Finn who need to make good use of his experience and guide this attack. Mitchell and Nathan Sowter would be expected to play the supporting role well in this game.
Steven Finn (c), Stephen Eskinazi, Joe Cracknell, Nick Gubbins, Daryl Mitchell, Max Holden, John Simpson (wk), Luke Hollman, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Nathan Sowter, Tom Helm
Max Holden, Tom Helm, Luke Hollman, Joe Cracknell, Blake Cullen, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Daryl Mitchell, Stephen Eskinazi, John Simpson, Nathan Sowter, ST Finn
It was a rain washout for Luke Wright’s side in the last game against Kent Spitfires. They are currently sitting in the 4th place at the points table and need to win this game to ensure themselves of a berth in the next round. Wright would want his side to exploit the poor form that Middlesex have been through in the last few games.
Philip Salt and Luke Wright are in good form and the side would expect a quick start from them in this game. In the middle order the side has good strength with good hitters of the ball like David Wiese, Ravi Bopara and Travis Head in the team. They would also expect big hits towards the end of the innings from Chris Jordan and Delray Rawlins.
Their bowlers had a poor outing in the last game and tight lines would be expected from the likes of David Weise and Ollie Robinson in this game. Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills have done well and the side would need them to bowl tight lines here. The side has good depth in its bowling with Will Beer, Bopara and Rawlins in the side.
Luke Wright (c), Philip Salt (wk), Travis Head, Ravi Bopara, David Wiese, Delray Rawlins, Chris Jordan, Aaron Thomason, Will Beer, Ollie Robinson, Tymal Mills
Luke Wright, RS Bopara, Tymal Mills, Harrison Ward, Will Beer, Mitchell Claydon, TM Head, Phil Salt, D Wiese, Aaron Thomason, Archie Lenham
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||14||0 mm.||1.58 k/h||From: WNW||97%|
|03h||13||0 mm.||1.75 k/h||From: NW||86%|
|06h||13||0 mm.||2.76 k/h||From: N||62%|
|09h||17||0 mm.||2.93 k/h||From: NNW||43%|
|12h||20||0 mm.||3.48 k/h||From: NNW||54%|
|15h||21||0 mm.||3.41 k/h||From: NNW||100%|
|18h||20||0 mm.||2.4 k/h||From: NNW||100%|
|21h||17||0 mm.||0.43 k/h||From: NE||100%|
There would be slight cloud cover over London on July 1 and we expect to see a good batting surface. There have been two high scoring games already at this venue and batsmen have been able to play their strokes freely. The side that bats first in this game shall look for a target of around 180 runs or more.
Lord’s is one of the best batting surfaces in England and we have seen sides pose imposing totals at this venue. The ball comes on to the bat nicely allowing batsmen to play their strokes. Bowlers find the conditions tough here as there isn’t much for them on this surface after the initial overs.
The pitch has been a good one to bat on so far in the tournament and we have seen big scores being chased down on this surface in the last few years. Setting up a total is always a challenge and hence we expect the side winning the toss in this game to invite the opposition to bat first.
It will be a game between two sides with contrasting forms. Middlesex has hardly won anything this season and is without the services of its key players who are on national duty. They have lacked consistency with the bat and the ball creating problems for the side and have to overcome these to do well here. Sussex Sharks on the other hand have an incredible record against Middlesex and this would make them favorites to win this game.
Sussex Sharks to win