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

Alastair Cook celebrates century
Alastair Cook celebrates century

Round three of the Virtual County Championship between Northamptonshire 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.

Northamptonshire are placed at the sixth spot in the virtual County Championship points table after a win against Warwickshire in their last game by 7 wickets. The victory came early for the team as Rob Keogh and Adam Rossington chased down the target on day three itself.

Essex also registered a win in their only game as they beat Yorkshire by 50 runs in the last match. They have 19 points and will be the favourites in the game against Northamptonshire.

Apart from Rob Keogh and Adam Rossington, who provide solidity to the team, Rob Newton might have failed in first match but is due for a big score.

With the ball, the team has the likes of Faheem Ashraf, Nathan Buck and Brandon Glover expected to share the load.

Essex have real quality in their ranks. The experience of Sir Alastair Cook will come in handy for the team. With ball in hand, they have two experienced pros in Simon Harmer and Peter Siddle. While Harmer will continue to lead the spin attack and has been introduced early by skipper Tom Westley lately, Peter Siddle's ability to move the ball both ways will be a big threat for the Northamptonshire batsmen.

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

Northamptonshire - Ricardo Vasconcelos, Rob Newton, Alex Wakely, Josh Cobb, Rob Keogh, Adam Rossington, Tom Sole, Luke Procter, Faheem Ashraf, Nathan Buck, Brandon Glover

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

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Northamptonshire

Who will win? – Essex

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Sir Alastair Cook (Essex), Rob Newton (Northamptonshire)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Simon Harmer (Essex), Faheem Ashraf (Northamptonshire)

Most Sixes – Sir Alastair Cook (Essex), Adam Rossington (Northamptonshire)

Man of the Match –  Sir Alastair Cook

Team Scores Batting first – Essex 250+, Northamptonshire 200+

 Match Handicap Essex

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