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Cricket Match Predictions: Bob Willis Trophy 2020 - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire - Round 1

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Round 1 match of the Bob Willis Trophy 2020, which takes the place of the County Championship 2020, will be played between Gloucestershire and Worcestershire at the County Ground, Bristol.

Worcestershire finished at the second last place in the county division 2 points table last year with three wins and seven losses from 14 games. The county has no option but to pin their hopes on Riki Wessels and opener Daryl Mitchell who were their top scorers in the last season but both failed to average 30.

The team would get some solace with the fact that they have Charlie Morris and Ed Barnard with the ball, both of whom returned with 44 wickets in the last season and will be crucial to the team's fortunes this time as well.

 Gloucestershire were promoted last year after they finished at the third spot in division two in 2019 and will get good competition from Worcestershire.


They will continue to bank on Chris Dent and Ryan Higgins who got them all the runs last year. All-rounder Higgins also touched the 50-wicket milestone last season at an average of 23.64 and this match will be another test of his skill and stamina.

Higgins will get the support of Jerome Taylor and George Drissell with the ball.

 

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

Gloucestershire - Miles Hammond, Chris Dent, James Bracey, George Hankins, Gareth Roderick, Benny Howell, Ryan Higgins, Graeme van Buuren, Josh Shaw, Jerome Taylor, George Drissell

Worcestershire - Daryl Mitchell, Jake Libby, Brett D’Oliveira, Tom Fell, Jake Libby, Ben Cox, Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Joe Leach, Josh Tongue, Charlie Morris

 

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Worcestershire

Who will win? – Gloucestershire

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Riki Wessels (Worcestershire), Chris Dent (Gloucestershire)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Charlie Morris (Worcestershire), Jerome Taylor (Gloucestershire)

Most Sixes – Daryl Mitchell (Worcestershire), Chris Dent (Gloucestershire)

Man of the Match –  Chris Dent

Team Scores Batting first – Worcestershire 280+, Gloucestershire 330+

Match Handicap Gloucestershire

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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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