Battle of nerves between Surrey and Nottinghamshire
Surrey to win
We are into the 15th game of the Royal London One-Day Cup, 2021 where hosts Surrey would be up against Nottinghamshire at Woodbridge Road, Guildford. Both the sides are coming into this contest with a win in their previous games. Surrey won comfortably against Yorkshire while Nottinghamshire registered a comfortable win against Warwickshire in their last game.
Surrey is playing at home, and they have a very strong batting line-up going into this contest. They have enjoyed good record at this venue in the past and this would make their confidence high. It will be interesting to see if Nottinghamshire is able to win this away game against a strong opponent.
Hashim Amla led his side to a comfortable 5-wicket win against Yorkshire in their first game of the tournament. The skipper would have been pleased with the efforts of his players as they ticked all the boxes with the bat and the ball in the last game. He would want to carry this momentum forward and win this game against a strong opposition.
Mark Stoneman and Amla set up a good opening wicket stand in the last game, and they would look forward to a similar start here. In the middle order runs would be expected from the bat of Ben Geddes, Jamie Smith and Ryan Patel in this game. They have good hitters of the ball to follow in Tim David and Nico Reifer.
It was a splendid show from their bowlers in the last game with new ball pair of Matt Dunn and Gus Atkinson bowling tight lines in the game. They would have to come up with similar efforts in this game. Patel, Conor McKerr and Daniel Moriarty also bowled tight lines in the last game and appear in good form.
Hashim Amla (c), Mark Stoneman, Ben Geddes, Jamie Smith (wk), Ryan Patel, Nico Reifer, Tim David, Gus Atkinson, Conor McKerr, Matt Dunn, Daniel Moriarty
It was a confident start to the season for Peter Trego’s side. They batted extremely well in the last game against Warwickshire to win the game by 86 runs. Trego would be aware of the fact that his opponents are also in good form and shall look forward to a good show from his players in this game.
Ben Slater and Soloman Budinger set up a good opening stand in the last game and same would be expected from them here. Haseeb Hameed comes here with a hundred in the previous game and strengthens the middle order with Peter Trego, Matthew Montgomery and Lydon James. Liam Patterson-White and Dane Schadendorf would look to play their strokes down the order.
Lyndon James took five wickets in the last game, and he would be high on confidence going into this game and have an important role to play. The side would need early breakthroughs from Brett Hutton and Dane Paterson. Montgomery, Joey Evison and White add good depth to this bowling attack.
Peter Trego (c), Haseeb Hameed, Ben Slater, Soloman Budinger, Joey Evison, Lyndon James, Liam Patterson-White, Brett Hutton, Dane Schadendorf (wk), Dane Paterson, Matthew Montgomery
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||18||0.20 mm.||2.77 k/h||From: SW||84%|
|03h||17||0 mm.||2.08 k/h||From: SSW||89%|
|06h||17||0 mm.||1.61 k/h||From: SSW||95%|
|09h||18||0 mm.||2.34 k/h||From: SW||100%|
|12h||17||0.12 mm.||4.15 k/h||From: S||100%|
|15h||18||1.61 mm.||5.59 k/h||From: SSW||91%|
|18h||18||0.92 mm.||5.22 k/h||From: SSW||93%|
|21h||14||0 mm.||2.84 k/h||From: SSW||67%|
There are predictions for rains at Guildford on July 27 and we would be lucky to have a complete game. The wicket is a fresh one and hence there would be assistance for the bowlers and batsmen shall need to be watchful. The side that bats first in the game shall have to eye 300 runs on the board to feel confident here.
Woodbridge Road, Guildford is a small ground and hence batsmen are able to play their strokes without any fear at this venue. There is some movement on offer with the new ball and fast bowlers have done well here. It is an extremely challenging venue for the spinners given the short dimensions of the boundaries.
The wicket here is known to be good for batting at the start of the game and slows down a bit towards the end. Most teams have won the game here batting first and hence we expect the side winning the toss to bat first in this game.
Both the sides are coming into this contest having won their previous games. They would be high on confidence. Batting looks strong in both the camps at the moment, but Nottinghamshire will have to work on their bowling a bit in this game. Surrey is playing at home, and they have enjoyed a good record here in the past and this would put them slightly ahead in the game.
Surrey to win