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

Sir Alastair Cook
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Round six of the Virtual County Championship between Essex and Hampshire 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.


Defending champions Essex have not had the the kind of start in the virtual County Championship till now that they would have expected. The team has lost two while winning the other two of their four matches and was edged out by Gloucestershire by 2 wickets in their last match.

As expected, Alastair Cook was in fine nick for Essex and scored 134 in the first innings, backed up by Simon Harmer's 56 in the second innings.

It was Jamie Porter who picked up a four-wicket haul in the first innings while Peter Siddle was in the business in the second innings, picking up a fifer. However, that was not enough to avoid defeat as Essex picked up just 5 points from the game.

Essex currently have 50 points with two victories and two losses from their four matches and would be expecting to go up from here on.

Their opponents Hampshire are placed just below them. The team has not been up to the mark in the virtual county competition till now with just one victory and three losses from their 4 matches. Hampshire have 35 points, 15 less than Essex.

That said, Hampshire are coming off a 157-run victory in their last match against Warwickshire. Rilee Rossouw and Liam Dawson were their heroes with the bat. All-rounder Dawson was also among the wickets, assisted well by Ryan Stevenson.

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

Hampshire - Joe Weatherley, James Vince, Felix Organ, Sam Northeast, Rilee Rossouw, Liam Dawson, Tom Alsop, James Fuller, Keith Barker, Kyle Abbott, Ryan Stevenson

 

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Essex

Who will win? – Essex

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – James Vince (Hampshire), Sir Alastair Cook (Essex)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Kyle Abbott (Hampshire), Peter Siddle (Essex)

Most Sixes – Rilee Rossouw (Hampshire), Sir Alastair Cook (Essex)

Man of the Match –  Sir Alastair Cook

Team Scores Batting first – Hampshire 150+, Essex 230+

 Match Handicap Essex

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