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Virtual Cricket: County Championship Fantasy Cricket Tips and Match Predictions - Middlesex v Derbyshire

Tim Murtagh celebrates his wickets
Tim Murtagh celebrates his wickets

Round three of the Virtual County Championship between Middlesex and Derbyshire 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.

Derbyshire have lost their only match of the season and occupy the second last place in the virtual County Championship points table. They have only four points and will find it tough against Middlesex who are placed mid-table with one win and one loss from two matches with 24 points.

Middlesex first beat Worcestershire in the opening encounter of County Championship division 2 and then got the better of Glamorgan in the next game. Contrary to that, Derbyshire suffered a defeat in their opening fixtures of the tournament against Leicestershire.

Middlesex have a good opening combination in Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins followed by Stephen Eskinazi and Peter Handscomb at 3 and 4. If even two of them can form a partnership, it will lay a good platform for England's white-ball captain Eoin Morgan to play his natural game.

The team would expect senior pros Tim Murtagh and Steven Finn to shoulder most of the bowling load.

Derbyshire have some good batting talent in Billy Godleman, Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Alex Hughes and Matthew Critchley. Madsen has been looking good and is expected to convert it into a big one this time around.

In Matthew Critchley, Ravi Rampaul and Sean Abbott, Derbyshire have enough ammunition to trouble the Middlesex batsmen.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

Middlesex - Sam Robson, Nick Gubbins, Stephen Eskinazi, Peter Handscomb, Max Holden, Eoin Morgan, John Simpson, James Harris, Toby Roland-Jones, Steven Finn, Tim Murtagh

Derbyshire - Billy Godleman, Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Alex Hughes, Matthew Critchley, Harvey Hosein, Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Tony Palladino, Ravi Rampaul, Sean Abbott

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Middlesex

Who will win? – Middlesex

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Wayne Madsen (Derbyshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Ravi Rampaul (Derbyshire), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex)

Most Sixes – Billy Godleman (Derbyshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)

Man of the Match –  Eoin Morgan

Team Scores Batting first – Derbyshire 250+, Middlesex 300+

 Match Handicap Middlesex

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