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

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Round four of the Virtual County Championship between Lancashire and Essex 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.

Lancashire have been going well and are placed at the second spot of the virtual County Championship division 1 points table after the first three rounds. The team has 48 points with two wins from their three games.

Lancashire suffered a 214-run loss against Warwickshire in the last game despite a century from Graham Onions and a 99 from Jos Buttler in the first innings. Their batting failed to live up to the expectations in the second essay and suffered a collapse which is why they fell short by such a big margin.

Defending champions Essex have not been able to carry their form from the last season and have slipped to the eight spot in the virtual County Championship division 1 with one win and one loss from 2 games. However, these are still early doors and the team can surely make a comeback and build on their existing total of 23 points.

The team could not to climb in the table due to their 247-run loss against Northamptonshire
in their last match as they could not score big in both their innings.

Lancashire have put together an impressive batting order with Keaton Jennings and Liam Livingstone at the top and the collective experience of Dane Vilas, Jos Buttler and George Bailey in the middle order. Saqib Mahmood was among the wickets for the team in the last match and will be their leading bowler alongside the seasoned James Anderson.

Sir Alastair Cook and Simon Harmer will continue to lead Essex with bat and ball respectively.

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, Adam Wheater

Lancashire - Keaton Jennings, Liam Livingstone, Brooke Guest, BJ Watling, Rob Jones, Dane Vilas, Jos Buttler, George Bailey, Saqib Mahmood, Graham Onions, James Anderson

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Lancashire

Who will win? – Essex

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Sir Alastair Cook (Essex), Dane Vilas (Lancashire)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Simon Harmer (Essex), James Anderson (Lancashire)

Most Sixes – Sir Alastair Cook (Essex), Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Man of the Match –  Sir Alastair Cook

Team Scores Batting first – Essex 250+, Lancashire 230+

 Match Handicap Essex

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