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

Steven Finn in action for Middlesex
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Round five of the Virtual County Championship between Middlesex and Nottinghamshire 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.

While Middlesex occupy the second place from the top in the virtual County Championship division 2 points table, Nottinghamshire are at the second place from the bottom. Middlesex have played four matches out of which they have won 3 and lost one and are with 65 points. Nottinghamshire have won one and lost two from their three games and have only 30 points.

Middlesex won their last match in round 4 against Durham by 5 wickets. Nick Gubbins scored an impressive 147 in the the first innings and set the tone for them. He doubled up with 113 in the second innings and with contributions from Max Holden and Eoin Morgan, ensured that the team romped home by 5 wickets.

Tim Murtagh, as has become a consistent feature, was their chief striker in the first innings while Toby Roland-Jones came to his assistance in the second essay with figures of 5/76.

Nottinghamshire lost their last match against Derbyshire by one wicket though they gave their opponents a tough fight. Joe Clarke, Tom Moores and Luke Fletcher all scored half-centuries but none could reach the three-figure mark and it was the absence of a big score which hurt them at the end.

Jack Ball tried to push matters with a 4-wicket haul in the last innings but a 23-run partnership between Derbyshire's last pair of Rampaul and Conners meant that Nottinghamshire had to contend with their third spot in the table.

With Nottinghamshire having signed Haseeb Hameed after he was released from Lancashire, they will hope that they put on a big total and then leave it to the able hands of Stuart Broad and Jake Ball to do the job for them.

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

Nottinghamshire - Ben Slater, Ben Duckett, Haseeb Hameed, Joe Clarke, Steven Mullaney, Chris Nash, Samit Patel, Tom Moores, Stuart Broad, Luke Fletcher, Jake Ball


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Middlesex

Who will win? – Middlesex

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire), Nick Gubbins (Middlesex)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex)

Most Sixes – Joe Clarke (Nottinghamshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)

Man of the Match –  Tim Murtagh

Team Scores Batting first – Nottinghamshire 300+, Middlesex 350+

 Match Handicap Middlesex

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