There are two Vitality Blast matches today – Surrey against Essex at the Kia Oval and Hampshire against Sussex at the Ageas Bowl.
Hampshire v Sussex Sharks South Group Ageas Bowl Southampton 7:00PM
Surrey v Essex Eagles South Group Kia Oval, London 6:30PM
We’ve picked Hampshire against Sussex, at the Ageas Bowl, as our focus match today.
Hampshire v Sussex Sharks
Let’s take a look at the current form of the two teams
Hampshire have only played one game so far in this year’s Blast; a 63-run defeat at home to Glamorgan. Liam Dawson picked up 2-25 as Glamorgan reached 168-6 batting first, before Hampshire were bowled out for 106 in 16.5 overs.
Despite their false start, Hampshire are regarded as one of the strongest white-ball teams in the country and are amongst the favourites for the tournament. The Royal London One-Day Cup champions have reached seven of the last eight T20 finals day.
Hampshire Squad - Colin Munro (82), Lewis McManus (18), Chris Wood (25), Rilee Rossouw (30), Sam Northeast, Joe Weatherley (5), Gareth Berg (13), Ryan Stevenson (47), James Vince (14) Captain, Liam Dawson (8), Sean Ervine (7), Kyle Abbott (51), Tom Alsop (9), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (88)
Sussex Head coach, Jason Gillespie has made one change to the squad that travelled to Chelmsford and Cardiff for the wins against Essex and Hampshire. Having returned from England duty, Chris Jordan is included in the squad for the first time in the tournament. He replaces George Garton in the 13-man group.
After two wins from two, Sussex sit on top of the South Group, ahead of Kent by virtue of a superior net run rate.
Sussex Sharks Squad - 10. Luke Wright (c), 22. Jofra Archer , 18. Will Beer, 21. Danny Briggs, 42. Tom Bruce , 5. Michael Burgess (wk), 32. Laurie Evans, 8. Chris Jordan, 1. Rashid Khan, 9. Delray Rawlins, 25. Ollie Robinson, 28. Phil Salt, 96. David Wiese
Kyle Abbott averages just 10.55 with the ball in T20 matches against Sussex Sharks, with his career-best figures of 5-14 in this format.
Hampshire have lost just two of their previous 16 T20 fixtures against Sussex Sharks.
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction*
Who will Win? I’m going on gut instinct here – Hampshire to win this one – they had a disastrous first Vitality Blast outing against Glamorgan and I cannot see a repeat of that, however, they will be up against two world class T20 bowlers in Rashid khan and Chris Jordan – it will be a cracker of a match.
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Luke Wright, Rilee Rossouw
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Rashid Khan, Liam Dawson
Most Sixes – Phil Salt, Sam Northeast
Team Scores Batting First – Hampshire 180+, Sussex 180+
Surrey v Essex Eagles South Group Kia Oval - Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction*
Who will win? Surrey
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Rory Burns, Tom Westley
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Rikki Clarke, Ravi Bopara
Most Sixes – Rikki Clarke, Ravi Bopara
Team Scores Batting First – Surrey 190+, Essex 170+
*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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