Man of the Match: Glenn Phillips
Unbeaten Sussex Sharks to take on table-toppers Gloucestershire Gladiators
We predict that Sussex will defeat Gloucestershire Gladiators.
On June 25th, Sussex Sharks will host table-toppers Gloucestershire Gladiators at County Ground, Hove to play their seventh game of this season. The match will kick off at 19:00 pm local time. This is the second match of this season between these two teams. Sharks beat Gladiators at their home by 5 wickets. Sharks have fetched 9 points from 6 games and are enjoying the unbeaten status this season. Gloucs are sitting on the top of the points table from South Group with 10 points in 7 games.
Sussex Sharks have yet to play a game since they beat Essex by 7 wickets on June 15th. They shared 1 point each in their next three games because of rain interruption. Sharks are this season’s successful chasers by winning all 3 games. They beat Gloucester in their 1st game by 5 wickets and thrashed Hampshire in their next game by 9 wickets. Sharks’ all-rounder George Garton is leading the bowling front with 8 wickets in 4 innings. Sharks’ opener Phill Salt who recently recovered from a broken foot -an injury he sustained while cycling, is enjoying a great run with the bat. In 3 innings he has scored 162 runs including two unbeaten fifties and a strike rate of 154.28.
Gloucs have turned their fortunes after 3 back to back wins. After losing 2 of 3 games, in the beginning, openers Miles Hammond and Chris Dent transformed Gloucs into serious title contenders. Kiwi wicket-keeper Glenn Phillips’ middle-order fireworks even helped them bet then table-toppers Kent Spitfires by 8 wickets and whooping 38 balls to spare. In 17 T20 matches between these two, Sharks have dominated Gladiators with 11 wins. Sharks started their Vitality Blast campaign against Gladiators at County Ground, Bristol. Chasing the target of 178, Philip Salt scored unbeaten 77 runs off 49 balls. All-rounder Garton made a brief cameo of 46 runs in 25 balls after picking 3 wickets for 19 runs in the first innings to hand over an easy victory for his team.
Sussex skipper Luke Wright returned to the squad after missing the first two games. His 44 balls 75 runs against Essex helped Sharks finish the game in 14 overs. He will continue to open with Sharks’ leading run-scorer Philip Salt. The main concern in Sharks’ camp is the form of Travis Head. Head has contributed 52 runs so far in 3 matches. Sussex might opt for Ravi Bopara to come third to strengthen the innings in case their openers fail to provide a good start.
All-rounder Chris Jordan has left the Sussex Camp to fulfil his international commitments. But Sharks won’t feel the void as their trump Card George Garton has taken the baton to lead their bowling department with 8 wickets in 4 games with an economy of 5.15. Tymal Mills and Archie Lenham will team up with Garton against the Gloucs. Sharks are in wait to join spin sensation, Rashid Khan. Khan who chose PSL over Vitality Blast will return soon to the squad after his franchise Lahore Qalandars crashed out from PSL in the group stage.
Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) is monitoring Sharks as five of their players have been found guilty of showing dissent towards umpires in the County Championship. Sharks can lose 2 points in T20 Blast if any Sussex Player is caught guilty of breaching the code.
Key Players: Philip Salt, George Garton, Luke Wright
Philip Salt (wk), Luke Wright (c), Travis Head, Ravi Bopara, David Wiese, Delray Rawlins, George Garton, Aaron Thomason, Will Beer, Tymal Mills, Archie Lenham
Luke Wright, RS Bopara, Tymal Mills, Ollie Robinson, Delray Rawlins, George Garton, Will Beer, TM Head, Phil Salt, D Wiese, Archie Lenham
Gloucs openers Mike Hammond and Chris Dent have finally blent with each other by providing 2 back to back fifty runs openings. Gladiators have lost their number three Ian Cockbain to an injury. Looks like the Gladiators won't be missing him as his replacement Benny Howell scored a fifty against Glamorgan. Kiwi wicketkeeper Glenn Phillips is the most consistent for the Gladiators this season. His last 5 innings include 41*, 7, 38, 42, and 94*. Skipper Jack Taylor is struggling yet again this season for the Gloucs. Yesterday, on the back of Glenn Phillips' 94 off just 41 deliveries, the Gladiators registered a thumping win against Glamorgan.
Gloucs are not getting the support they are expecting from their bowling unit. Except for Josh Shaw, there is nothing much to talk about the Gladiators’ bowling. The pacer has taken 9 wickets for his team and is the only bowler who has helped the team.
Key Players: Glenn Phillips, Josh Shaw, Chris Dent
Chris Dent, Miles Hammond, Benny Howell, Glenn Phillips (wk), Jack Taylor (c), Ryan Higgins, Benny Howell, Tom Smith, Josh Shaw, David Payne, Daniel Worrall
David Payne, Josh Shaw, James Bracey, Benny Howell, Jack Taylor, Glenn Phillips, Ryan Higgins, Tom Smith, Chris Dent, Miles Hammond, Daniel Worrall
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||14||0 mm.||1.2 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|03h||14||0 mm.||1.71 k/h||From: NW||13%|
|06h||15||0 mm.||1.15 k/h||From: NW||29%|
|09h||16||0 mm.||1.93 k/h||From: WSW||95%|
|12h||17||0.17 mm.||3.94 k/h||From: SW||87%|
|15h||17||0.37 mm.||4.07 k/h||From: SW||53%|
|18h||17||0 mm.||3.53 k/h||From: SW||62%|
|21h||15||0 mm.||2.54 k/h||From: SW||71%|
The pitch helps swing bowling. The ball dips sometimes as the ground slopes slightly towards the sea. The maximum and minimum temperatures are predicted to be 17°C and 12 °C respectively, with a wind speed of 15 to 25 kmph. Humidity will be around 90-95% as per the weather reports. Showers are expected with a 70% chance.
The game will be played at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove. Built in 1872, the stadium has a capacity of 4000. The venue has hosted one ODI and T20I each.
43 domestic T20s have been played at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove. 20 times the teams have won the game batting first, while 21 times the target has been successfully chased. On 5 of the last 7 occasions, the team bowling first has won the game. Bowling first will be an ideal option in such a scenario after winning the toss.
Sussex have chased the target in every game this season. They have won 8 games while chasing against the Gladiators. Though they haven’t played a game for a long time, their batting lineup aligned with their lethal attack will overpower the Gloucs who are struggling a bit with their bowling. Thus, despite Gloucs being at the top of the table, we feel Sussex have the upper hand in this game.
We predict that Sussex will defeat Gloucestershire Gladiators.