Will Sussex overturn the challenge of Kent to proceed ahead in the league stage?
We predict that Kent will defeat Sussex.
Sussex will face Kent in this fixture of the Royal London One Day Cup 2021. This match will be played on 30th July at County Ground in Hove which is the home ground of Sussex. Both teams are at the same level and still struggling to win games this year. Currently, with no win in 3 games, Sussex are at 6th place in group 2 having 1 point in their account whereas, Kent also lost their 2 matches out of 3 they played to be at 7th place with 1 point as 1 game of both teams went resultless.
Both teams need to win this game as they are yet to open their point account in this year’s Royal London Cup. They have players who are in good touch this year and will try to show their skills in this game also on 30th July at Hove.
Sussex played 2 matches against Lancashire and Hampshire and lost in both of them. They are struggling to win this season and with 1 point in their account which is because their 1 game got abandoned, they are at 6th place in the points table. While batting first against Lancashire in their first game, they had scored 270 runs on the board with the help of Travis Head’s 56 runs from 60 balls and Oliver Carter’s 55 runs from 58 balls. But failed to defend that target as Lancashire easily chased that down and won the game by 2 wickets. Archie Lenham bowled a brilliant spell of 4 wickets for 59 runs while defending.
In the next match against Hampshire, Sussex’s bowlers were not on the mark and conceded 328 runs in 50 overs. Only Will Beer managed to take 2 wickets for 34 runs in his spell of 6 overs. Sussex’s batting failed to chase down the target which resulted in their 2nd defeat in this league. Travis Head tried to settle an inning by scoring 52 runs from 48 balls in the middle order. Sussex have a depth in the batting department but they failed to execute that depth on the field. Only Travis Head managed to deliver his skills in the middle order. They need to solve these issues before playing against Kent on 30th July.
Top players for Sussex: Travis Head, Tom Haines, Archie Lenham, Will Beer.
Harrison Ward, Tom Clark, Tom Haines(c), David Wiese, Travis Head, Oliver Carter(wk), James Coles, Danial Ibrahim, Will Beer, Henry Crocombe, Archie Lenham.
Kent lost their previous 2 games of this league against Durham and Worcestershire respectively in the first two matches and their next match against Lancashire went resultless as it got abandoned. So with 1 point in hand, Kent are currently at 7th place in the 2nd group of the league. Kent’s bowling failed terribly to restrict Durham in the first match as Durham scored 405 runs in 50 overs. Almost all bowlers conceded runs with an economy of more than 6 in their spells and as a result, they failed to chase down this huge target and lost the match by a huge margin of 103 runs. George Mundey’s 96 from 79 balls during the chase went into vain.
While playing in the second match against Worcester, Kent managed to score 322 runs on the board with good batting performances especially George Munsey’s knock of 108 runs from113 balls, but bowlers couldn't manage to restrict the chasing team and Kent lost that match by 3 wickets. Kent have some serious batting depth in their squad but their bowling failed in both matches they played and became the reason for their defeats. They will now try to solve those issues before playing against Sussex on 30th July.
Key players for Kent: Ollie Robinson, George Munsey, Hamidullah Quadri, Matt Quinn.
Tawanda Muyeye, Ollie Robinson(c, wk), Heino Kuhn, George Munsey, Darren Stevens, Harry Finch, Harry Podmore, Marcus O'Riordan, James Logan, Hamidullah Quadri, Matt Quinn.
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The weather will be cloudy on match day, with a 70-80% chance of raining on match day. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 19°C - 14°C range.
The County Ground in Hove will host this match. This ground is considered a home ground of the Sussex side and has conducted many domestic games. This stadium can accommodate a total of 4,000 people.
This ground has offered an advantage to bowlers in few previous domestic matches. The team who has opted to bowl first here has delivered better than the batting team. At this location, whichever team wins the toss will want to bowl first and chase.
Kent’s batting lineup has serious depth and they delivered according to that in the last matches. But the team's bowling is the main concern for them as in the last 2 matches bowlers couldn’t manage to help this team to restrict targets. On the other hand, Sussex have a good bowling lineup but they are struggling with their middle-order batting. They need to solve those batting issues if they want to win against Kent in this match.
We predict that Kent will defeat Sussex.