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by Alastair Symondson Thursday 25 April 2019
After winning their first match, the Eagles have had two losses and now face a buoyant Somerset team that have taken maximum points from their three Group B matches so far.
The absence of Varun Chopra against Surrey proved to be a crucial missing link for Anthony McGrath’s side. The opener, who had scored centuries in the first two games, had to pull out of Tuesday’s match with a quad strain and is set to miss the next coiuple of matches.
Essex will select from 14-man squad (below) for Friday’s match but neither Aaron Beard or Matt Coles are available. Beard has fractured a toe whilst Matt Coles is not yet ready for First Team action following a troublesome groin strain.
Eagles skipper Ryan ten Doeschate admits that his side needs to improve on recent performances if they are to remain in the 50-over competition.
He said: “We played really well against Glamorgan in our first match, it was a superb overall display with bat and ball, but then we suffered two losses with those disappointing results.
“We’ve obviously left ourselves with a lot to do if we want to qualify for the next stage. Last year we only won two of our first five games but then we took three victories from the last three matches.
“We need to dust ourselves down and hopefully we can go down to Taunton and put in an improved performance. Somerset are a very strong and good one-day side, but we know we can beat anyone when we play to the best of our abilities.”
Probable XIs from -
Essex Eagles: Ryan ten Doeschate (27), (captain), Ravi Bopara (25), Alastair Cook (26), Sam Cook (16), Simon Harmer (11), Dan Lawrence (28), Aron Nijjar (24), Rishi Patel (12), Jamie Porter (44), Matt Quinn (94), Peter Siddle (64), Paul Walter (22), Tom Westley (21), Robbie White (4), (wicket-keeper)
Somerset: Azhar Ali, Tom Banton(wk), Peter Trego, James Hildreth, Tom Abell(c), George Bartlett, Lewis Gregory, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Tim Groenewald, Josh Davey
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will Win? – Somerset
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Alastair Cook (Essex), James Hildreth (Somerset)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Peter Siddle (Essex), Craig Overton (Somerset)
Most boundaries – Alastair Cook (Essex), Lewis Gregory (Somerset)
Team Scores Batting FirstT – Somerset 300+, Essex 250+
*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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