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Will Kent make a strong comeback in a new season's campaign after a terrible season they had last year?
We predict that Worcestershire will defeat Kent
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ODI | Venue: The County Ground, Worcester | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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The new season of the Royal London One Day Cup will be back in action from 2nd August 2022 and Worcestershire will host Kent in their first fixture at County Ground in Worcester. Kent had a season to forget during their last year's campaign whereas Worcestershire also struggled during the previous season.
After a decent performance in the Vitality Blast this season, Adam Hose who was the 3rd highest run-getter in the Vitality Blast, has been signed by Worcestershire for this year’s red ball format whereas Kent have added Joey Evison from Nottinghamshire to strengthen their squad this year.
Both the teams are looking strong on paper and would like to start their journey on a positive note. Kent finished last in the group stage during Royal London Cup 2021 and they will now try to utilize their squad’s strength to make a comeback this year. Worcestershire on the other hand will try to tackle Kent’s challenge in home conditions.
Worcestershire are starting their new season’s drive at County Ground in Worcester against Kent on 2nd August 2022. After finishing 5th in the group stage in the last season, they are now ready to not miss an opportunity to qualify for the knockout stage this season.
In the last year’s fixture against Kent, they secured a 3-wicket win with the help of brilliant chasing efforts. After asking opponents to bat first, they conceded 322 runs on the board. Despite Ed Barnard’s 2 wickets for 72 runs in his 9 overs, no other bowler could deliver better.
Batters took the whole responsibility and showed a brilliant display of strategic partnerships in the middle overs of the game. Jack Haynes (77 from 89 balls) and Tom Fell (57 from 56 balls), had settled innings in the upper order. Captain Jack Leach scored a fiery 88 from 51 balls in the lower order to secure a win for his team in the last over.
This year they have built a strong squad with the addition of Adam Hose. They will try to execute their plans well on the ground to start their new season's campaign with a win against Kent.
Jack Haynes, Ed Barnard, Joe Leach, Adam Finch.
Jack Haynes, Joshua Dell, Tom Fell, Adam Hose, Ed Barnard, Gareth Roderick (wk), Jacques Banton, Joe Leach (c), Josh Baker, Charlie Morris, Adam Finch.
Kent had a terrible season last year as they could manage to win just 1 game out of 8 they played. With a good depth in both departments this season, they are now eying on a win in the opener against Worcestershire on Tuesday.
They dominated the rivalry against Kent till last season by winning 4 consecutive games between these two but failed to carry forward that during last season. Although they batted well against Worcestershire's pace attack, they failed to restrict that target. George Munsey’s (108 runs from 113 balls) brilliant century went in vain against Worcs.
Matt Milnes who was a key wicket-taker for this side has joined Yorkshire for this season and that will be a big blow for Kent. Nottinghamshire’s Joey Evison replaces him with a huge responsibility to bowl death overs this season. Ollie Robinson and George Munsey are the main pillars of the team this year as well and the team is heavily dependent on them.
On paper, they have built a balanced squad for the new season and will try to utilize the whole strength their unit has. The opening game against Worcestershire will be a big opportunity for them to dominate the rivalry again this season.
Ollie Robinson, George Munsey, James Logan, Matt Quinn.
Ollie Robinson (c/wk), Heino Kuhn, Tawanda Muyeye, Harry Finch, George Munsey, Darren Stevens, Joey Evison, Grant Stewart, Marcus O'Riordan, James Logan, Matt Quinn.
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 23°C - 18°C range.
The County Ground in Worcester will host this match. This ground is considered a home ground of the Worcestershire side and has conducted a few domestic games of the same tournament previously. This stadium can accommodate a total of 4,500 people.
This ground has conducted 3 ODIs so far and offered an advantage to batters in a few previous 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. The chasing team won all 3 ODIs that were played here.
With a decent depth in the batting as well as with attacking fast bowling, Worcestershire will try to put pressure on Kent. Kent, on the other side, might struggle to restrict batters in the death overs with the bowling unit they have this season. That might help Worcestershire to register their first win of the new season.
We predict that Worcestershire will defeat Kent
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