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Will Middlesex tackle the challenge of table-toppers of the second group?
We predict that Worcestershire will defeat Middlesex.
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ONE DAY | Venue: County Ground, New Road, Worcester | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Worcestershire will face Middlesex in their 4th fixture of the Royal London One Day Cup 2021. This match will be played on 1st August at County Ground in Worcester which is the home ground of Worcestershire. Middlesex are struggling this season whereas Worcestershire are looking in good touch this year. Currently, with 3 wins in 3 games, Worcestershire are at 1st place in group 2 having 6 points in their account whereas, Middlesex are struggling to perform and lost their 2 matches out of 3 they played to be in the last place, picking up just 1 point for their team so far.
Worcestershire are looking forward to continuing their winning momentum of this season and will try to maintain their top spot on the table. On the other hand, Middlesex are in search of their first win of the season and will try to claim those 2 points in this match against Worcestershire.
By winning all three games they played so far, Worcestershire are at top of the table in group 2 with 6 points in their hands and are looking like one of the strong contenders for a trophy this year for the Royal London One Day Cup. Though the team’s bowlers were not on the mark in the first match against Kent, batsmen came for the rescue and chased down the target of 323 runs to claim the first win of the season. Jack Haynes (77 runs from 89 balls) and Tom Fell (57 runs from 56 balls), helped their team to handle the pressure in the top order whereas captain; Joe Leach scored 88 runs from 51 balls in the lower order to ensure 2 points.
In the next match against Gloucestershire and Essex, the team’s batsmen were looking in great touch and helped the team to pick up 4 points in straight 2 games. Jack Haynes (153 runs from 128 balls) and Brett D'Oliveira (123 runs from 116 balls) set up a partnership of 243 runs for the first wicket against Essex and easily defeated them with 182 runs. The team’s batting lineup has a strong depth till lower order and had done exceptionally well in the last 3 games. The team is heavily dependent on their batsmen and they will try to beat Middlesex by putting pressure on their bowling attack on 1st July.
Top players for Worcestershire: Jack Haynes, Brett D'Oliveira, Joe Leach, Adam Finch.
Jack Haynes, Brett D'Oliveira, Tom Fell, Jake Libby, Ed Barnard, Joe Leach(c), Gareth Roderick(wk), Joshua Dell, Josh Baker, Charlie Morris, Adam Finch.
Middlesex are still struggling to win a game in this year’s Royal London ODI cup as they lost their first two games in a row while their third game got abandoned. With just 1 point in their hand, they are at the bottom of the table in the 2nd group. In the first game against Essex, the team’s batting collapsed and they managed to put only 212 runs on the board which was easily chased down by Essex to win that game by 9 wickets. Only Jack Davies tried to settle down the inning in the middle overs by scoring 70 runs from 81 balls. Bowlers couldn’t manage to handle pressure while defending the target.
Again in the next match against Durham, bowlers conceded 288 runs in 50 overs. Ethan Bamber (2 wickets for 51 runs) and Tim Murtagh (2 wickets for 38 runs), bowled economical spells to restrict opponents. But despite Peter Handscomb’s 75 runs from 71 balls and Robbie White’s 55 runs from 71 balls in the middle order, no other batsmen scored runs during the chase which resulted in a defeat for their team. By looking at the current form of the team this year, batting is the main concern for them and this weak side of them cost them 2 defeats in the last 3 matches. They will try to overcome this issue before playing against table-toppers; Worcestershire on 1st August.
Key players for Middlesex: Robbie White, Peter Handscomb, Ethan Bamber, Tim Murtagh
Max Holden, Varun Chopra, Sam Robson, Robbie White(wk), Peter Handscomb(c), Luke Hollman, Jack Davies, James Harris, Thilan Walallawita, Ethan Bamber, Tim Murtagh.
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 21°C - 12°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 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 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.
Worcestershire have worked hard for the success of this team. They built a strong squad and delivered according to their strengths so far this season. With a good depth in the batting as well as with attacking fast bowling, they will try to put pressure on the Middlesex. Middlesex haven’t done any extraordinary performance this season with their batting side as they failed consistently to perform in the last 2 games which might help table toppers to beat them.
We predict that Worcestershire will defeat Middlesex.
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