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Virtual Cricket: County Championship Fantasy Cricket Tips and Match Predictions - Essex v Gloucestershire

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Round five of the Virtual County Championship between Essex and Gloucestershire is being held by Cricket World and Dice Cricket to help the fans stay tuned to cricketing action from the comforts of their home amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

Despite a win in the round 4 match against Lancashire, Essex still find themselves at the seventh place in the division one of the virtual County Championship points table with two wins and one loss from 3 matches. The defending champions are with 45 points. 

Sir Alastair Cook and Daniel Lawrence were their top scorers in the last match and the team would look at them to reproduce their success in this game as well. Peter Siddle remains their trump card with the ball.

Essex would hope to climb their way up on the ladder. They will face Gloucestershire who are with two wins and two losses from 4 games. They are five points ahead of Essex and are placed just above them with 50 points.

Gloucestershire won their last match against Somerset by 61 runs, courtesy of good knocks from George Hankins and Gareth Roderick. Graeme van Buuren and Jack Taylor were their top bowlers.

Apart from Hankins and Roderick, the team will bank on Chris Dent to put runs on the board. Josh Shaw and Jack Taylor are their top bowlers.

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

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

 

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), Chris Dent (Gloucestershire)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Peter Siddle (Essex), Josh Shaw (Gloucestershire)

Most Sixes – Tom Westley (Essex), Chris Dent (Gloucestershire)

Man of the Match –  Peter Siddle

Team Scores Batting first – Essex 350+, Gloucestershire 300+

 Match Handicap Essex

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