Kent still in search for their first victory this season!
Our Prediction is for Surrey to win this game!
The next game of the Royal London One-Day Cup 2019 Kennington Oval, London shall see the bottom hunters in the South group battle it out in the middle. Host Surrey has had a bad season so far where they have managed to register only a single win and would be looking to turn it around in the next game. Kent has had a terrible season and is yet to win a game.
Surrey would feel little confident playing in front of their home crowd while for Kent it has been an uphill challenge. In recent years the rivalry between the two sides has been neck and neck and they would be looking to improve upon their performance in the next game.
Rory Burns’ team has had a poor season and has been able to register a solitary win so far. They come into this game with three back-to-back defeats with the last against Hampshire. The skipper would have been upset as they started the chase well to gift away the momentum. As they take on Kent another side in deep trouble Burns would be confident about his side’s prospects.
Mark Stoneman and Will Jacks did well at the start in the last game. Skipper Burns also looked good but the rest of the batting just threw away the initiative. They are a young side packed with talent and would expect their big stars Dean Elgar and Ben Foakes to do well in the next game.
Conor McKerr and Stuart Meaker did well with the new ball but they also gave away many loose deliveries which allowed the opponents to pile up a big score on the board. Freddie van den Bergh and Will Jacks bowled tight spells in the game and they would be looking to do well in the next game as well and earn a victory for the side.
Dean Elgar, Rory Burns (c), Stuart Meaker, Mark Stoneman, Ben Foakes (wk), Jordan Clark, Freddie van den Bergh, Conor McKerr, Will Jacks, Ryan Patel, Jamie Smith
Their last game against Glamorgan was washed by rain but the side’s story has been of near misses all through the season. They haven’t been able to get over the finishing line and now sit at the bottom of the points table. Skipper Joe Denly would want his side to rise up to the challenge in the next game and win it.
In their loss against Gloucestershire, they had battled well with Zak Crawley and Joe Denly putting up a 100+ stand for the 3rd wicket. Heino Kuhn also did well and wicketkeeper Adam Rouse took the team to a sizable total towards the end. But the side would look for better performances from Alex Blake, Oliver Robinson and especially Sean Dickson who is one of the pillars of their batting.
Kent bowlers weren’t able to apply pressure in the last game and failed to pick early wickets. Matt Milnes, Harry Podmore, and Mitchell Claydon weren't able to apply pressure and tight bowling from Imran Qayyum and Alex Blake wasn't enough towards the end. Their bowlers have gone for runs this season which they would need to check their line against Surrey in the next game.
Heino Kuhn, Joe Denly (c), Mitchell Claydon, Alex Blake, Adam Rouse (wk), Harry Podmore, Imran Qayyum, Sean Dickson, Zak Crawley, Oliver Robinson, Matt Milnes
There are chances of rain at London on May 02 and the conditions are expected to remain overcast. The pitch is expected to be a good surface to bat on through the bowlers might enjoy some seam and swing due to the conditions. In all likelihood, the side batting first would need a score in excess of 300 runs to win at this ground.
Kennington Oval has lost the pace and lateral movement that it was famous for. Lately, it has become one of the flattest pitches in England where scoring runs is quite easy. The bowlers have little margin for error on the surface and the shorter square boundaries also make it easy to score on.
In the three games that have so far been played at Kennington Oval, the sides batting first have comfortably won the games. The pitch is flat to bat on which is understandable ahead of the World Cup and batsmen have no problems playing their strokes. The side winning the toss would elect to bat on this surface.
It’s a clash between the bottom hunters of the table. In their six games so far Surrey has managed to register only a single win. It has been even worst for Kent as they are still looking for a win that continues to elude them. There is little to choose between the two sides but going by the batting talent that Surrey has on its side we expect them to win the upcoming game against Kent.
Back Surrey for the win in this match!
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