Man of the Match: Archie Lenham
Hampshire’s battle against history versus Sussex
Sussex Sharks to win
It is the 17th game in the T20 Blast 2021 and the Sussex Sharks would be up against the Hampshire Hawks at County Ground Hove. The Sharks have made a good start to the season winning their first game against Gloucestershire. The Hawks too come into this game with a win against the Essex Eagles though the side has already shown its struggle in the tournament.
Hampshire Hawks have a poor record against the Sussex Sharks and have lost the last five games against them. This would surely be playing on their minds. They need to overcome this to win the game here. Sharks are playing at home and have good knowledge of the conditions here and they aren’t likely to make it easy for the Hawks.
Chris Jordan’s side made a good start to the season by defeating the Gloucestershire by 5 wickets in a high scoring encounter. They has suffered a batting collapse at the top but did well in the middle to recover and win the game comfortably in the end. They enjoy a great record against the Hampshire Hawks and shall look to maintain status quo with a win in this game.
Philip Salt played a match winning knock in the last game and shall look to provide a good start along with Travis Head. The side would need the likes of David Wiese, Ravi Bopara and Delray Rawlins do well in the middle order as they didn’t score runs in the last game. Jordan and George Garton played brilliantly down the order and shall look to continue with the same form.
Henry Crocombe and Wiese would have to bowl tighter spells with the new ball as both of them gave away lots of runs in the last game. Garton and Jordan picked wickets at good economy and this would give them confidence. With Will Beer and Archie Lenham in the side they have good variety in the bowling attack.
Chris Jordan (c), Travis Head, Philip Salt (wk), Aaron Thomason, Ravi Bopara, David Wiese, Delray Rawlins, George Garton, Will Beer, Archie Lenham, Henry Crocombe
RS Bopara, Tymal Mills, Delray Rawlins, George Garton, Will Beer, Chris Jordan, TM Head, Phil Salt, D Wiese, Aaron Thomason, Archie Lenham
James Vince’s side recovered lost ground and earned their first points for the season with a 13-run win against the Essex Eagles in the last game. Their middle order which had struggled against Kent Spitfires in the first game performed better and the bowlers successfully defended the average score. Vince would look to carry this form forward into the next game.
Openers James Vince and D’Arcy Short have scored runs in both the games and shall need to make runs at the top. Tom Alsop missed out and he would look to do well here. The side would be happy to see Joe Weatherley, Liam Dawson and James Fuller among the runs. Lewis McManus and Ian Holland down the order add to their strengths.
Chris Wood and Dawson were brilliant with the ball in the last game and the side would want them to repeat the same magic against the Sussex Sharks. The side would however need Holland and Bradley Wheal to come up with tighter spells in this game. D’Arcy Short and Mason Crane complete a good bowling attack for the side.
James Vince (c), D’Arcy Short, Tom Alsop, Joe Weatherley, Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Lewis McManus (wk), Ian Holland, Chris Wood, Mason Crane, Bradley Wheal
James Vince, Ian Holland, Joe Weatherley, D'Arcy Short, Liam Dawson, Chris Wood, Mason Crane, Tom Alsop, James Fuller, Lewis McManus, Bradley Wheal
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The weather conditions would be perfect at Hove with slight cloud cover on June 12. We expect this to be a high scoring game as the track is known for being true and the ball comes on to the bat nicely. Bowlers have to be on their toes here. The side batting first would have a target score of 180 runs in mind.
County Ground, Hove is a small park and a surface that has produced lots of runs in the past. Batsmen can play their strokes freely at this venue. Fast bowlers do get some assistance with the new ball but the margin of error is thin for them. It is a tough venue for the spinners as mishits can cross the boundary rope.
It is a small ground and we have seen big scores being chased down easily in the past. Setting up a total here is always a big challenge for any side. Thus both the sides would like to test the conditions and opt for bowling first upon winning the toss.
Both the sides are coming into this game with a win in their previous game. Hampshire Hawks have their problems in terms of batting and they are dependent on their openers to win the game for them. Sussex Sharks haven’t lost a game against them since 2017 and have good knowledge of the conditions at their home venue and this would make them favorites in this game.
Sussex Sharks to win