MID vs HAM Match Preview
Lack of consistency has been the major issue with the Middlesex team in this year's Vitality T20 Blast competition. The Middlesex skipper Steve Eskinazi will be expecting his team can raise the level of their game with both bat and ball. As far as the batting department is concerned the team will rely on the likes of Stephen Eskinazi, Joe Cracknell, and Pieter Malan to do most of the run-getting. In their last game, the wicketkeeper-batsman Jack Davies batted well for the Middlesex outfit. He scored 46 not out from 33 balls with one six and 3 fours.
Apart from Davies, Max Holden put together 34 runs from 22 balls with one six and 4 fours. Pieter Malan also contributed a bit with 21 runs from 19 balls. As far as the Middlesex bowling attack is concerned, the team will depend on bowlers such as Blake Cullen, Luke Hollman, Thilan Walallawita, Tom Helm, and Josh De Caires for getting significant breakthroughs. The all-rounders playing in the Middlesex squad such as Martin Andersson, Nathan Fernandes, Chris Green, Ryan Higgins, and Luke Hollman will have to pull up their socks and contribute to the team's performance.
Hampshire on the other hand, registered a solid 10-wicket victory over Sussex. This was courtesy of excellent performances from Liam Dawson, Ben McDermott, James Vince, and Scott Currie. This win for Hampshire has resulted in Surrey climbing up to the second position in the South Group standings. As far as the batting department is concerned, the team will rely on batters such as the wicketkeeper-batsman Ben McDermott, Ross Whitley, Toby Albert, Joe Weatherley, and the skipper James Vince to do the majority of run-getting for their side.
While chasing a target of 145 runs for a win the Hampshire openers Ben McDermott and James Vince thrashed the opponent's bowling attack with not out half-centuries during the inning. They reached the target without dropping a wicket. James Vince continued his top form with the bat and ended up on 71 runs from 39 balls with 8 boundaries and 3 sixes. Ben McDermott scored 69 runs from 51 balls with 3 sixes and 6 boundaries. As far as the bowling attack is concerned the team will rely on the likes of Scott Currie, Mason Crane, Nathan Ellis, Chris Wood, and Liam Dawson for getting vital breakthroughs.
The temperatures during the game are likely to be close to 20 degrees. There is a chance of getting low clouds with some sunshine intervening. There are no chances of getting showers during the match. You can also expect winds in the region of 19 km/hr.
The average score at this venue while batting first has been 182 runs. So, this is a high-scoring venue and you can expect both teams to score big on this track. The highest total put together on this venue was 229 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. On this track, the ball comes onto the bat nicely and there is not too much bounce for the speedsters. So, the quicker bowlers will have to bowl accurately to escape punishment.
Nathan Ellis has an incredible strike rate for Hampshire with the ball.
In his last 9 appearances for Hampshire, Nathan Ellis has picked up 13 wickets with a strike rate of 13.23 and he has also bowled economically with an economy rate of 6.59.
James Vince has a great average and strike rate combination.
James Vince has scored 486 runs from 10 games with an average of 69.42 and a strike rate of 162.54.
None of the teams participating in this game have any injury worries at the moment. Both team managements will have their entire teams available for selection.
MID vs HAM Probable 11
MID Playing 11
- Stephen Eskinazi (C)
- Joe Cracknell
- Jack Davies (Wk)
- Pieter Malan
- Max Holden
- Ryan Higgins
- Luke Hollman
- Josh De Caires
- Tom Helm
- Blake Cullen
- Thilan Walallawita
HAM Playing 11
- James Vince (C)
- Toby Albert
- Ben McDermott (Wk)
- Joe Weatherley
- Ross Whiteley
- James Fuller
- Nathan Ellis
- Mason Crane
- Scott Currie
- Liam Dawson
- Chris Wood
If you look at the current performances by the two teams you will back Hampshire to win this game against Middlesex. The Hampshire opener Ben McDermott has been in excellent form during the season. Hampshire team management will be expecting that their team can put up a clinical batting display against the Middlesex side. We will bet with Hampshire to win this encounter and consolidate their position in the South Group points table.
James Vince: The Hampshire captain has contributed heavily to the team cause scoring 486 runs in his last 10 appearances for the side with a strike rate of 162.54.
Ben McDermott: This wicketkeeper-batsman has scored 318 runs in his last ten games with an average of 35.33 and a strike rate of 143.24.
Nathan Ellis: Nathan Ellis has picked up 13 wickets from 9 games with a strike rate of 13.23.
Stephen Eskinazi: The Middlesex captain has been their only consistent contributor with the bat this season. He has scored 283 runs from 10 matches with a strike rate of 128.63 and an average of 31.44.
MID vs HAM Dream11 Team 1
Keeper: B McDermott , J Cracknell
Batters: J Vince (C), S Eskinazi, P Malan
All-rounders: L Dawson (VC), J Fuller, M Andersson
Bowlers: C Wood, T Helm, N Ellis