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by Alastair Symondson & Cricket World Thursday 25 June 2020
Leicestershire are placed at the top of the Virtual County Championship Divison 2 points table with 6 wins and 2 losses. The team has 142 points from 8 matches.
They will compete against Middlesex who are placed at the 5th spot in the leaderboard. Middlesex have 3 wins and 4 losses. The county is with 86 points from 8 games.
Middlesex suffered a defeat by an innings and 13 runs in the round 8 match against Sussex. Nick Gubbins struct a half-century for the team in the first innings but Sussex's total of 346 was too much for them after Middlesex were bowled out for just 175 despite a half-century from Stephen Eskinazi.
The team was again bowled out for less than 200 and suffered a massive defeat. Tony Roland-Jones was their only bowler who could stand up to the the Sussex batting line-up and picked up 3 wickets.
Leicestershire did not have much difficulty in getting past Durham in their last game in which the team registered a victory by an innings and 14 runs.
Horton and Ackermann were the stars for them. Although both of them missed their centuries, the team posted 358 runs which was enough to bowl out Durham twice. Tom Taylor picked up 8 wickets in the match to bring home the accolades for Leicestershire.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Middlesex - Sam Robson, Nick Gubbins, Stephen Eskinazi, Tom Lace, Max Holden, Eoin Morgan, John Simpson, James Harris, Toby Roland-Jones, Steven Finn, Tim Murtagh
Leicestershire - Hassan Azad, Paul Horton, Harry Dearden, Mark Cosgrove, Colin Ackerman, Lewis Hill, Tom Taylor, Dieter Klein, Ben Mike, Chris Wright, Alex Evans
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Middlesex
Who will win? – Middlesex
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Paul Horton (Leicestershire), Nick Gubbins (Middlesex)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Tom Taylor (Leicestershire), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex)
Most Sixes – Harry Dearden (Leicestershire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
Man of the Match – Tim Murtagh
Team Scores Batting first – Leicestershire 300+, Middlesex 350+
Match Handicap Middlesex
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