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Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: Bob Willis Trophy 2020 - Essex vs Kent - Round 1

Essex County Ground Chelmsford
Essex County Ground Chelmsford
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The Round 1 match of the Bob Willis Trophy 2020 between Essex and Kent, which takes the place of the County Championship 2020, will be played at the County Ground, Chelmsford.

 

Essex are entering the Bob Willis Trophy 2020 with big hopes, having won both the championship and the T20 Blast last year. The county drew its last game against Somerset on the back of a win by an innings and 40 runs against Surrey to seal the title.

Nick Browne and Alastair Cook, who was their top run-scorer last year with 913 runs from 14 matches at an average of 44.5, will continue to open the batting for Essex. Tom Westley, who generally comes out to bat at one drop, was also in fine nick last year with 794 runs and will be a vital cog in the team.

With the ball, the onus would be on Simon Harmer who set the Championship on fire last year and was also named among the Wisden's cricketers of 2019 as he topped the wicket charts with 83 wickets at an impressive average of 18.2, including as many as 10 five-wicket hauls. He will be assisted by Jamie Porter who also had a brilliant average of 25.70 last year.

Kent will be weakened in the absence of Zak Crawley and Joe Denly, but will hope Daniel Bell-Drummond (their top scorer last season) to fire. He forms a solid combination along with Heino Kuhn and Alex Blake.

Matt Henry, who was re-signed by Kent for his devastating swing, won't be available this season. That will not worry Kent much though as they already have Darren Stevens and Harry Podmore, both of whom picked up more than 50 wickets in the last season.

 

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

 

Essex - Nick Browne, Sir Alastair Cook, Tom Westley, Daniel Lawrence, Michael Pepper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Simon Harmer, Jamie Porter, Sam Cook, Peter Siddle, Ben Allison

Kent - Daniel Bell-Drummond, Oliver Robinson, Heino Kuhn, Alex Blake, Hamidullah Qadri, Jordan Cox, Darren Stevens, Ollie Rayner, Harry Podmore, Matt Milnes, Mitchell Claydon

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

 

Who will win the toss? - Essex

Who will win? – Essex

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Sir Alastair Cook (Essex), Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Simon Harmer (Essex), Darren Stevens (Kent)

Most Sixes – Sir Alastair Cook (Essex), Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent)

Man of the Match –  Sir Alastair Cook

Team Scores Batting first – Essex 330+, Kent 300+

 Match Handicap Essex

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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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