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Middlesex won by 37 runs
Will Middlesex recover from their last loss?
Our Prediction is Surrey to win this game!
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: One-Day Cup | Venue: Kennington Oval, London | Toss: WIN the toss, BOWL FirstBet Now
Surrey achieved their first victory last match against Essex after losing their first two matches. Ben Foakes and Skipper Rory Burns scored their fifties to help post a good total on board. Jason Roy and Ollie Pope made some vital contributions with their 30+ knocks to the team. Will Jacks and Mark Stoneman have made some contribution with the bat in the earlier matches. Morne Morkel and Liam Plunkett captured 4 wickets apiece to bowl out the opposition to just 213 runs. Riki Clarke and Tom Curran have been bowling well and amongst the wickets this season. Tom Curran may replace Conor McKerr depending upon his availability with World cup around the corner. Gareth Batty has been economical with his spin bowling in middle overs.
Middlesex lost their match against Hampshire by 118 runs after winning their first two matches. They would be disappointed with this loss but would consider it an off-day and move ahead in the tournament. Their batting failed miserably bowled out for just 182 runs with no batsmen crossing the fifty mark. Eoin Morgan was the high scorer with 42 runs. Stephen Sean, Nick Gubbins, and Dawid Malan are amongst the top scorers for their team this year. Tom Helm was their best bowler last night and he took 5 wickets in the match. Steven Finn and Tim Murtagh were economical in their spell, but other bowlers leaked runs at a high rate and ended up conceding 301 runs in their quota of 50 overs.
Ben Foakes – Foakes has scored back to back fifties with scores of 64 & 82 in two matches. He can move the match in middle overs with his ability to rotate the strike and score singles and doubles with ease. He is a class act and looks out for his batting this season.
Gareth Batty –Batty has been giving away runs at just over 4.5 RPO this season and he has been doing the same in batting friendly conditions. He has match figures of 2/39, 1/48 & 1/40 in three matches played so far.
Stats from the season:
Ben Foakes – 157 runs, Avg. – 52.33, HS-82, 50s-2
Morne Morkel – 7 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 16, Economy – 4.3 RPO, BB – 4/23
Jason Roy, Mark Stoneman, Will Jacks, Rory Burns (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Ollie Pope, Rikki Clarke, Gareth Batty, Conor McKerr/Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Morne Morkel
Eoin Morgan – Morgan has scored between 20-40 in all three matches this season and is due for a big knock soon. He is too good a batsman to keep him silent for a long time. The English skipper would like some runs before the World cup.
Tim Murtagh – Murtagh has an impressive economy rate of just 4 RPO when all other bowlers are going at over 6 RPO. He would like to add some wickets to his name and improve his wickets tally in coming matches.
Stats from the season:
Sean Eskinazi – 168 runs, Avg. – 84, HS-107*, 100s-1
Nathan Sowter – 7 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 26.7, Economy – 6.3 RPO, BB
Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan (c), John Simpson (wk), Eoin Morgan, Stephen Sean Eskinazi, Nick Gubbins, George Scott, Nathan Sowter, Steven Finn, Tom Helm, Tim Murtagh
London is one of the pitches which has something in it for the bowlers and it will have scores around 280-300 runs. It is not easy to score over 350 runs here easily. The pace bowlers will enjoy bowling here than other English pitches. Both the matches played here saw scores in the range of 270-280 runs this year.
Chasing is the best way to approach a match these days and batsmen are confident is chasing down any target set in front of them. Expect the same in this match too.