Sussex and Gloucestershire fight for the qualification spot
Our Prediction is Sussex to win this match!
Sussex and Gloucestershire are still very much in contention for the play-offs qualification. They just need to win their remaining matches to give themselves a shot at playoffs.
Sussex comes here after an agonizing loss to Hampshire by just 9 runs. They were down with a score of 103/5 in the chase of 355 runs in the halfway mark. Skipper Ben Brown (64 runs) and David Wiese (171 runs) then put together a 232-run partnership to bring them back into the contest. But Brown`s wicket triggered a collapse and they lost their last 5 wickets for just 11 runs. Their bowlers were taken to cleaners in batting friendly conditions. Mir Hamza and Will Beer bowled economically and took wickets to restrict the batsmen last match. All the other bowlers were taken to cleaners.
Gloucestershire has been struggling recently with two losses in their last three encounters. They have been not able to string a couple of wins together so far with alternative win and loss in a sequence. They were stranded at 27/4 in just 8 overs and Jack Taylor put up a brave fight with 75 runs. Ryan Higgins and Graeme Van Buuren added some vital cameos with Jack Taylor. They have lost 5 or more wickets at the half-way mark in three consecutive matches with less than 100 runs on board. Their bowling has leaked over 330 runs twice in three matches. Benny Howell has taken three-wicket hauls in last two matches but is struggling with his economy rate. Gloucestershire may overtake Sussex in the points table with a win by a huge margin of 50 or more runs.
David Wiese – Wiese almost took their team within the reach of a massive total of 355 runs with a gigantic knock of 171 runs. He has already won a match remaining unbeaten on 92 this season.
Mir Hamza – Mir Hamza has taken wickets in every match this season and has been the leader of the bowling pack. He has taken 15 wickets and has taken two or more wickets in 5 matches.
Stats from the season:
Luke Wright – 291 runs, Avg. – 58.2, HS - 166, 100s-1, 50s - 1
Mir Hamza – 15 wickets, Bowl Avg. -21.7, Economy – 5.8 RPO, BB – 4/43
Luke Wright, Will Beer, Ben Brown (c & wk), Laurie Evans, Danny Briggs, Mir Hamza, David Wiese, Harry Finch, Philip Salt, George Garton, Abidine Sakande
Jack Taylor – Taylor has scores of 75, 43* & 32 in last three matches and he seems to improve with every match. Taylor will look to bat for a longer period of time and put up a big score for his team.
Chris Liddle – Liddle has been their joint highest wicket-taker this season with 9 wickets. But his economy rate of 7.4 RPO is the worst among all their bowlers and is a big worry for the team going forward.
Stats from the season:
Gareth Roderick – 244 runs, Avg. – 49, HS-100, 100s-1, 50s-1
Boney Howell – 9 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 30, Economy – 6 RPO, BB – 3/45
Chris Liddle, Benny Howell, Thomas Smith, Chris Dent (c), David Payne, Jack Taylor, Gareth Roderick (wk), Miles Hammond, Graeme van Buuren, Ryan Higgins, James Robert Bracey
Eastbourne is one of the pitches with a bit of pace and bounce in it. The batsmen will enjoy the ball coming onto the bat nicely. The pace bowlers may get some assistance from the pitch. The average score here will be around 280 runs. The match day weather is expected to be sunny with only 10 % chances of rain.
Both teams will be unaware of the nature of the pitch and they would like to put the opposition to bat here. Chasing is a safer option when you are unsure of the playing conditions.
Sussex has a better team combination and depth in playing XI when compared to Gloucestershire on paper. And the unused playing conditions levels the playing ground for both teams. Sussex team is in good form and we expect them to win this contest. Anyways it must be cracking contest with qualification claims at stake.
We are backing Sussex for the win!
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