Virtual Cricket: County Championship Fantasy Cricket Tips and Match Predictions - Yorkshire v Gloucestershire
Round 1 of the Virtual County Championship between Yorkshire and Gloucestershire 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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England Test Captain and Yorkshire player Joe Root has urged everyone "to roll with the punches" and that's what we will be doing. It is also not the greatest time for newly-appointed Yorkshire CCC chairman Roger Hutton, but he has no option but to embrace his baptism of fire.
In Dawid Malan, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan, Yorkshire have quite a few international names that will make it very tough for Gloucestershire to trouble them.
Gary Ballance continues to produce runs and was the top scorer for the county last year with contributions of 800+ each from Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Adam Lyth.
With the ball, South Africa-born Duanne Olivier will continue to hold the key and will look to back up his 43 wickets in the last season along with Ben Coad and Steven Patterson.
Gloucestershire, who have just been promoted after they finished at the third spot in division two last year, will have a tough time dealing with Yorkshire.
They will continue to bank on Chris Dent and Ryan Higgins who got them all the runs last year. All-rounder Higgins also touched the 50-wicket milestone last season at an average of 23.64 and division one will be the real test of his skill.
Higgins will have the support of Jack Taylor and George Drissell with the ball.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Yorkshire - Adam Lyth, Dawid Malan, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Kohler Cadmore, Tim Bresnan, Matthew Waite, Steven Patterson, Ben Coad, Duanne Olivier
Gloucestershire - Miles Hammond, Chris Dent, James Bracey, George Hankins, Gareth Roderick, Benny Howell, Ryan Higgins, Graeme van Buuren, Josh Shaw, Jack Taylor, George Drissell
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Yorkshire
Who will win? – Yorkshire
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Joe Root (Yorkshire), Chris Dent (Gloucestershire)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Duanne Olivier (Yorkshire), Ryan Higgins (Gloucestershire)
Most Sixes – Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ryan Higgins (Gloucestershire)
Man of the Match – Duanne Olivier
Team Scores Batting first – Yorkshire 300+, Gloucestershire 250+
Match Handicap Yorkshire
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