Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions - Vitality Blast T20 2019 - Middlesex v Essex
The Vitality Blast T20 is set to begin with the opening encounter between Middlesex and Essex, which will be played at the home of cricket, Lord's in London.
Both Middlesex and Essex did not have a good run last season and will hope to start this year's competition on a high. While Middlesex finished at the bottom of the southern group last year with 12 losses from 14 group matches, Essex could also not secure more than eight points.
Both AB de Villiers and Mujeeb Ur Rahman will make their debut for Middlesex this year and will add to the much-required star power for the competition. Paul Stirling and skipper David Malan will open the batting for Middlesex, while Eoin Morgan has been rested after his World Cup exploits.
Along with Ryan ten Doeschate, Cameron Delport will be key to the fortunes of Essex. The South African will be considered a local player and hence Essex will get the window of playing an extra overseas player.
Ravi Bopara is another of Essex's experienced batsmen to watch out for. The team has retained both Mohammad Amir and Adam Zampa who featured for them last year as well and would be the mainstays of their bowling attack.
Although both teams are not in the running for ending in the top four, they still have a lot of quality and star power to make for a good game of cricket.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Middlesex- Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan (c), AB de Villiers, Nick Gubbins, John Simpson (wk), Stephen Eskinazi, James Harris, Tom Helm, Toby Roland-Jones, Steven Finn, Mujeeb ur Rahman
Essex- Adam Wheater (wk), Tom Westley, Cameron Delport, Ravi Bopara, Daniel Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate, Simon Harmer (c), Mohammad Amir, Adam Zampa, Aaron Beard/Sam Cook
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Middlesex
Who will win? – Middlesex
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – AB de Villiers (Middlesex), Cameron Delport (Essex)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mujeeb ur Rahman (Middlesex), Adam Zampa (Essex)
Most Sixes – AB de Villiers (Middlesex), Cameron Delport (Essex)
Man of the Match – AB de Villiers
Team Scores Batting first – Middlesex 190+, Essex 175+
Match Handicap Middlesex
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*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, so stay tuned.
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