Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions County Championship June 23 - Essex v Somerset
Essex and Somerset will take on each other for a County Championship Division One match to be played at the County Ground in Chelmsford.
Somerset are sitting pretty at the top of the County Championship Division One points table with five wins from six matches. They have lost one match and are with 115 points. The team is currently dominating the season and has maintained a healthy 23-run lead from the second-ranked Hampshire.
Essex are currently at the third place in the County Championship Division One points table with three wins from six matches. They have lost one game, while drawing the other two and are with 85 points.
Alastair Cook is the highest run-scorer for Essex with 372 runs from 10 innings at an average of 46. He has scored two half-centuries and one century. Below him is Ravi Bopara who has 308 runs from six innings at an average of 46.
With the ball, Simon Harmer is the highest wicket-taker for Essex. He is also leading the wickets chart in the County Championship Division One with 42 scalps from 11 innings. Harmer is only one of the two bowlers to take 40 or more wickets in this season till now.
George Bartlett is the highest run-getter for Somerset and has in excess of 400 runs from six games at an average of 44. However, he has not received great support from his fellow batsmen.
On the bowling front, Lewis Gregory has picked up 35 wickets from 10 innings at an astonishing average of 11.28, with best match figures of 11-53.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Essex- Nick Browne, Sir Alastair Cook, Tom Westley, Daniel Lawrence, Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater, Simon Harmer, Aaron Beard, James Porter, Samuel Cook
Somerset- Azhar Ali, Tom Abell, James Hildreth, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Steven Davies, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Jack Leach, Jack Brooks
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Somerset
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – George Bartlett (Somerset), Sir Alastair Cook (Essex)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Simon Harmer (Essex)
Most Boundaries – George Bartlett (Somerset), Sir Alastair Cook (Essex)
Team Scores Batting first – Somerset 350+, Essex 300+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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