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Northamptonshire vs Essex, Royal London One-Day Cup, Today Match Prediction

County Ground, Northampton

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Northamptonshire captain Will Young smashed 91 off 64 balls in the last match.

  • Essex have defeated Northamptonshire 4 times in the last 4 completed games between the two sides.
  • Left-arm spinner Aron Nijjar wil be the bowler to watch out for Essex.
  • Captain Tom Westley was the leading run-getter last season for Essex

Back Northamptonshire to emerge victorious in this encounter.

Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ODI | Venue: County Ground, Northampton | Toss: To Bat

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Northamptonshire have started their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign with a 33-run loss against Yorkshire. They are currently right at the bottom of Group B with a poor net run rate of -1.274. They will look to make amends in their next clash on Sunday versus Essex who are coming off a huge loss against Derbyshire. Essex are 7th on the Group B table with a net run rate of -1.840 and have a lot of catching up to do.

Northamptonshire Preview

In their first match of the season, Northamptonshire were chasing a target of 354 in 46 overs against Yorkshire. They batted well but fell short by 33 runs, scoring 320 in 44.2 overs. Skipper Will Young’s knock of 91 off 64 balls will give them a lot of confidence. Lewis McManus also impressed with a scintillating 82 off just 62 balls. Rob Keogh played a handy knock of 59 off 43 balls. Northamptonshire’s middle order looks pretty settled. They will now be hoping that their openers Ricardo Vasconcelos and Emilio Gay give them a solid start in this game.

Northamptonshire’s bowlers conceded plenty of runs in the last game and would need to do a lot better. Only Nathan Buck (2-66 of 9 overs) and leg-spinner Alex Russell (0-50 off 7 overs) did a somewhat decent job on a good batting wicket. One bowler the team will be counting on is right-arm fast-medium bower Jack White who was the second-highest wicket-taker last season with 10 wickets in 6 innings at 5.11.
 

Northamptonshire Predicted Playing XI:

Will Young (c), Emilio Gay, Ricardo Vasconcelos, Rob Keogh, Saif Zaib, James Sales, Lewis McManus (wk), Nathan Buck, Tom Taylor, Jack White, Alex Russell

Essex Preview

After their first game was abandoned, Essex suffered a massive 92-run loss against Derbyshire. Chasing a target of 319, they were bundled out for just 226 in 44.2 overs. It was a poor bowing and batting effort and the team would need to shake this performance off quickly. 

Barring Grant Roelofsen’s 43 off 58 balls and tail-ender Jamal Richards’ 46 off 44 balls, there was no batting performance of note in their last innings. Captain Tom Westley was their leading run-getter last season with 449 runs in 11 innings at an average of 49.88. The team would be hoping he gets back into form soon. 

Opening bowler Jamie Porter delivered an economical spell of 0-37 off 10 overs on a flat wicket. But their standout bowler was left-arm spinner Aron Nijjar with figures of 2-49 of 10. Shane Snater (2-68 off 10) too did a good job, but Essex does look to be a little weak in the bowling department. 
 

Essex Predicted Playing XI:

Josh Rymell, Feroze Khushi, Tom Westley (c), Grant Roelofsen, Robin Das, William Buttleman (wk), Jamal Richards, Shane Snater, Aaron Beard, Aron Nijjar, Jamie Porter

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
03h
24
2.18 mm.
1.63 k/h
From: SW
97%
06h
23
0.31 mm.
2.25 k/h
From: SSW
97%
09h
22
1.44 mm.
2.04 k/h
From: SW
93%
12h
23
0 mm.
2.46 k/h
From: SW
87%
15h
29
0 mm.
4.02 k/h
From: SW
42%
18h
32
0.13 mm.
4.89 k/h
From: SW
35%
21h
31
0.13 mm.
4.58 k/h
From: WSW
38%

Weather Conditions

The pitch at County Ground is really good for batting. The first 15 overs in particular will be crucial for the batting side to make a strong start. Spinners will get some help from the middle stage.

The weather at Northampton on the day of the game is expected to be partly sunny and pleasant.
 

Venue Details

There have been only 2 ODIs played at the County Ground, Northampton. The highest score achieved here in ODIs so far is 223-9 by Bangladesh. However, this is a fresh wicket and should be great for batting. The team batting first in this game will be looking to put a target in excess of 280 runs.

Toss: To Bat

This will be the first match played at the County Ground, Northampton. The team winning the toss is likely to bat first.

Essex have had the upper hand against Northamptonshire in recent years, defeating them in the last 4 completed games they have played against them. However, it will be interesting to see how they cope with the massive loss in their first game. Northamptonshire appears to have a good batting unit this time and can pose a challenge to Essex. Essex’s bowling, on the other hand, looks pretty average.

Back Northamptonshire to emerge victorious in this encounter.

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