SUSSEX AND MIDDLESEX FACE-OFF WITH AN INTENSE QUALIFICATION RACE
SUSSEX will win the match.
Vitality Blast is entering a crucial phase with teams fighting it out for crucial points in their last 2 league games only remaining. Sussex and Middlesex are the two teams playing in this match and are placed in a precarious position currently at the third and fourth position in the points table. The winner of this match will have a good chance to finish in the top-2 position of the points table while the loser of the match will have to rely on other results to qualify for knockouts. Sussex after a good start have lost two back-to-back matches to slip up in the tournament recently. Middlesex on the other hand are yet to win two matches in a row with alternating wins and losses so far. Both teams will look this match as a good chance to surge ahead in the points table and push back their group contender a step back.
Sussex after winning 4 of their first 6 matches have lost 2 consecutive matches now. Luke Wight scored 45 runs despite wickets falling around him. Delray Rawlins and Calum MacLeod failed to capitalize on their 20+ starts. David Wiese (33 runs) and Ravi Bopara (24 runs) scored vital runs to finish their innings with a flourish.
Their bowling unit failed to defend the 165 runs despite taking wickets at regular intervals. Will Beer and Ollie Robison had combined match figures of 8-0-65-5 in the match while the other bowlers had 11.1-0-94-0 in the match. Their bowling needs to perform well as a team with every bowler claiming wickets for the team.
Top Players to bet on:
Luke Wright - Wright has 350 runs in 8 matches at a strike rate of 145 this season. he will look to continue his purple patch with the bat and finish among the top run scorers of the season.
Will Beer - Will Beer had bowling figures of 4-0-34-3 in the last match and his bowling reduced the opposition from 56/1 to 116/5 in the middle overs.
Philip Salt (wk), Luke Wright (c), Calum MacLeod, Delray Rawlins, David Wiese, Ravi Bopara, Aaron Thomason/George Garton, Tymal Mills, Ollie Robinson, Will Beer, Danny Briggs
Luke Wright, RS Bopara, Danny Briggs, Ollie Robinson, Delray Rawlins, George Garton, Calum MacLeod, Mitchell Claydon, Philip Salt, D Wiese, Aaron Thomason
Middlesex pulled off the match from the jaws of defeat against Kent last night. Joe Cracknell played an absolte blinder scoring 50 runs off 22 balls in the powerplay. Josh Simpson and Ian Holland scored identical scores of 46 runs to share a 70-run partnership to take their team to a 184 runs in 20 overs. Max Holden and Steve Eskinazi has done the bulk of run scoring for the team this season.
Tim Murtagh opened the bowling attack with a good spell of 4-0-23-2 taking 2 wicket inside the powerplay. Steve Finn and Miguel Cummins chipped in with a wicket each but gave 59 runs in their combined 6 overs. Tom Helm bowled to crucial final over to defend 9 runs to help their team win by 2 runs.
Top Players to bet on:
Joe Cracknell - Cracknell has played just two matches and have scored 78 runs at a strike rate of 180+. His counter-attacking fifty gave his team an upperhand despite the quick wicket of Crawley in the match.
Tom Helm - Tom Helm pulled off the match for the second time this season for his team. He defended 9 runs in the last over despite two set batsmen in the crease. He will look to continue his good form in the early stages of the match too.
Max Holden, Stephen Eskinazi, Joe Cracknell, John Simpson (wk), Martin Andersson, Nathan Sowter, Tom Helm, Steven Finn (c), Miguel Cummins, Tim Murtagh, Luke Hollman
Max Holden, Tom Helm, Luke Hollman, Martin Andersson, Joe Cracknell, James Harris, Tim Murtagh, Stephen Eskinazi, John Simpson, Nathan Sowter, ST Finn
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||13||0 mm.||7.74 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|03h||13||0 mm.||7.8 k/h||From: ENE||5%|
|06h||14||0 mm.||8.9 k/h||From: ENE||4%|
|09h||17||0 mm.||9.28 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|12h||19||0 mm.||8.81 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|15h||19||0 mm.||8.32 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|18h||17||0 mm.||8.4 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|21h||16||0 mm.||9.34 k/h||From: NE||72%|
Hove has bright sunny weather with no possibility of rain on the match day. We expect no wetaher interuptions in the match.
Hove has been a good batting track and teams have scored over 175+ runs in both inninngs in the last 3 matches. We expect scores around 180-200 runs in this match.
Teams have chased down 180+ runs in the last few matches. We expect both teams to field first if they win the toss.
Middlesex will be high on confidence after pulling off the last match despite very less contribution from openers. Sussex too havea good solid batting line-up with both top-order and middle order firing for the team. Sussex has a slightly better bowling attack when compared to Middlesex and they have adavntage of playing in favourable conditions (5th match at this venue). Middlesex has form and momentum on their side after a win in last match. We expect Sussex to win this match to end their string of losses.
SUSSEX will win the match.