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

The Essex County Ground, Chelmsford

Round 10 of the Virtual County Championship between Essex and Somerset 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.

Essex are slotted at the top of the Virtual County Championship Divison 1 leaderboard with 6 wins and 2 losses. The side has 131 points from 8 matches.

They will compete against Somerset who are placed at the 7th spot in the pile. Somerset have 3 wins and 6 losses. The team has added 94 points from 9 games.

Somerset would be rueing their luck as they had the finish line in sight in their last encounter against Kent. After being bowled out for 270, the team was chasing 286 in the second innings and were making good progress.

After 85 from Byrom, Craig Overton was at the crease, batting on 51. With just 11 required, the team fell short by 4 runs. While Lewis Gregory picked up 4/53 in the second innings, Craig Overton was the all-round star for the team but lost his concentration just at the brink of what would have been a brilliant come from behind win.

Carrying forward their stellar performance in the virtual County Championship, Essex beat Yorkshire by 115 runs in the last game. Westley, Cook and Porter were the top scorers for the team.

But, the victory has to be credited to their bowlers. Simon Harmer was the pick of the bowlers in their first innings with 4/60. However, with the pitch easing out and the game moving into the second session of the last day, it was Jamie Porter and Matthew Quinn who bent their backs for a 3-fer each and mopped up the Yorkshire batting line-up.

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, Matthew Quinn

Somerset - James Hildreth, Steven Davies, Tom Banton, Tom Abell, Ben Green, Eddie Byrom, Lewis Gregory, Vernon Philander, Craig Overton, Dominic Bess, Jack Brookes

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), Tom Banton (Somerset)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Simon Harmer (Essex), Craig Overton (Somerset)

Most Sixes – Tom Westley (Essex), Tom Banton (Somerset)

Man of the Match –  Simon Harmer

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

 Match Handicap Essex

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