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Cricket Match Predictions: Bob Willis Trophy 2020 - Sussex vs Hampshire - Round 1

The County Ground, Hove.
The County Ground, Hove.
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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 Sussex and Hampshire at the County Ground, Hove.

Hampshire finished at the third place in the division 1 points table last year with 5 wins and 3 losses from 14 matches. The team was with 176 points.

The county has a couple of reputed names in their batting line-up in Sam Northeast and Rilee Rossouw. Sam Northeast scored at an average of over 50 last year while making his runs at a decent clip of 60.7 and would look to replicate his performance. He was unfortunate to miss out on an England call-up this season and would surely like to send a message.

Kyle Abbott and Fidel Edwards will be the key for the team with the ball. While Abbott wreaked havoc with 71 wickets from 13 games, Edwards was also so quite impressive with 48 wickets in the last season.

On the other hand, Sussex finished in the middle of the County Championship division two table in 2019 with 156 points with four wins and five losses.

Stiaan van Zyl and Ben Brown, who were the top scorers for Sussex last year, will be joined by Philip Salt, who struck a crisp ton for England Lions against Ireland. 

With the ball, they have decent options in slow left-arm orthodox Danny Briggs and all-rounder George Garton.


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

Hampshire - Joe Weatherley, Felix Organ, Sam Northeast, Rilee Rossouw, Lewis McManus, Tom Alsop, Mason Crane, James Fuller, Keith Barker, Kyle Abbott, Ryan Stevenson

Sussex - Philip Salt, Tom Haines, Luke Wells, Stiaan van Zyl, Harry Finch, Ben Brown, Ravi Bopara, Mitchell Claydon, Stuart Meaker, Danny Briggs, George Garton


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Sussex

Who will win? – Sussex

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Philip Salt (Sussex), Sam Northeast (Hampshire)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Danny Briggs (Sussex), Kyle Abbott (Hampshire)

Most Sixes – Philip Salt (Sussex), Sam Northeast (Hampshire)

Man of the Match –  Philip Salt

Team Scores Batting first – Sussex 350+, Hampshire 300+

 Match Handicap Sussex


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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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