Virtual Cricket: County Championship Fantasy Cricket Tips and Match Predictions - Middlesex v Worcestershire
The round one of the Virtual County Championship between Middlesex and Worcestershire 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.
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After a few Worcestershire players went into self-isolation after experiencing flu-like symptoms in the third week of March, the county furloughed 21 staff from stadium, catering and commercial. To mitigate any financial hardship, they have ensured that each staff member furloughed would receive 90 per cent of their pay.
Worcestershire finished at the second last place in the county division 2 points table last year with three wins and seven losses from 14 games. They will take on Middlesex who were not much better and finished just above them with three wins and five losses.
Worcestershire have no option but to pin their hopes on Riki Wessels and opener Daryl Mitchell who were their top scorers in the last season but both failed to average 30.
The team would get some solace with the fact that Moeen Ali will be available to them this time around to not only bolster the batting order but also help Charlie Morris and Ed Barnard with the ball, both of whom returned with 44 wickets in the last season and will be crucial to the team's fortunes this time as well.
Middlesex have England's white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan in their playing XI along with Australian international Peter Handscomb. Sam Robson, who scored over 850 runs last year, will also continue to open the batting with Nick Gubbins.
Tim Murtagh and Steven Finn, who are in the last leg of their careers, will continue to do the bulk of the bowling for Middlesex, with Toby Roland-Jones, their second highest wicket-taker in 2019, offering good support.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Worcestershire - Daryl Mitchell, Tom Fell, Brett D’Oliveira, Riki Wessels, Moeen Ali, Ben Cox, Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Joe Leach, Josh Tongue, Charlie Morris
Middlesex - Sam Robson, Nick Gubbins, Stephen Eskinazi, Peter Handscomb, Max Holden, Eoin Morgan, John Simpson, James Harris, Toby Roland-Jones, Steven Finn, Tim Murtagh
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Worcestershire
Who will win? – Middlesex
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Peter Handscomb (Middlesex)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Charlie Morris (Worcestershire), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex)
Most Sixes – Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
Man of the Match – Tim Murtagh
Team Scores Batting first – Worcestershire 280+, Middlesex 330+
Match Handicap Middlesex
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