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Will Worcestershire retake their first place from Essex by beating Sussex in this match?
We predict that Worcestershire will defeat Sussex.
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ONE DAY | Venue: County Ground, New Road, Worcester | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Worcestershire will face Sussex in this 48th fixture of the Royal London One Day Cup 2021. This match will be played on 6th August at County Ground in Worcester which is the home ground of Worcestershire. Worcestershire are looking in great touch whereas Sussex are struggling to score runs this season. Currently, with 3 wins in 5 games, Worcestershire are at 3rd place in group 2 having 6 points in their account whereas Sussex are struggling to perform and haven’t won any game till now from 5 they played. With 2 points of abandoned games, they are at 8th place in the points table.
Worcestershire are looking forward to continuing their winning momentum of this season and will try to regain their top spot from Essex. On the other hand, Sussex are in search of their first win of the season and will try to claim those 2 points in this match against Worcestershire.
After winning the first three consecutive games of the season, Worcestershire lost their next two back-to-back matches against Middlesex and Hampshire. Now, with 6 points from 5 games including 3 wins and 3 defeats, they are at 3rd place in the points table before meeting Sussex in the next game on 6th August. Jack Haynes (77 runs from 89 balls) and Tom Fell (57 runs from 56 balls) along with Joe Leach who scored 88 runs from 51 balls in the lower order managed to chase down 323 runs easily against Kent in the first game. Again in the next match against Essex, with the help of a partnership of 243 runs between Jack Haynes (153 runs from 128 balls) and Brett D'Oliveira (123 runs from 116 balls), they managed to pick up 2 more points.
Although they were looking in good touch in the first three matches, the team’s informed batting lineup failed to chase down the target of 303 runs against Middlesex. Brett D'Oliveira's 74 from 64 balls and Tom Fell’s 54 runs from 63 balls, were not enough to chase that target. Again while playing against Hampshire, they got bowled out on just 176 runs and opponents chased it down to win the game by 6 wickets. The team’s batting lineup has a strong depth till lower order and had done exceptionally well in the first 3 games but is struggling to deliver then onwards in the last 2 games. The team is heavily dependent on their batsmen and they will try to win against Sussex by putting pressure on their bowling attack with an attacking batting side.
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.
Sussex have played 5 matches so far this season and have not won any single game yet. They are struggling to find out their perfect 11 which can help them to secure the first win of the season. Currently, with 3 defeats in 5 matches, they are in 8th place in the points table with 2 points. Travis Head (56 runs from 60 balls) and Oliver Carter (55 runs from 58 balls), helped their team to put 270 runs on the board against Lancashire in the first match, but they couldn’t manage to defend that total despite Archie Lenham’s brilliant spell of 4 wickets for 59 runs while defending. While playing the next match against Hampshire, the team’s bowlers were expensive enough as they conceded 328 runs in that match.
Despite Travis Head’s knock of 52 runs from 48 balls in the middle order, no other batsmen showed temperament while chasing that target. Tema’s batting line-up failed once again while playing against Gloucestershire. After Will Beer’s spell of 2 wickets for 30 runs, they managed to restrict opponents to just 218 runs and failed while chasing that target. 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 those issues with the batting unit before playing against Worcestershire on 6th August at Worcester.
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.
The weather will be cloudy on match day, with a 40-50% chance of raining on match day. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 20°C - 13°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.
By looking at the current form of both teams, Worcestershire have an edge over Sussex as Sussex’s batting unit is struggling to score runs this season. On the other hand, although Worcestershire’s batsmen failed to put runs on the board in the last match, they have a bowling unit that can defend the lower totals. Sussex’s bowling unit has a good depth but they haven’t shown any top-class performance while defending the target so far.
We predict that Worcestershire will defeat Sussex.
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