Our Prediction: Essex to win, 1.73 Bet on Essex to win for Real Money
Glamorgan defeated Surrey by 8 wickets to garner 2 points at the start of their campaign; they will now take on Essex, who lost their opening contest against Surrey by a close 8 runs, on 1st June at Cardiff. Glamorgan bowlers charged at the opposition with full force, restricting them to 93 runs, which the batsmen successfully chased down in less than 13 overs; on the other hand, the Essex batsmen failed to reach the target of 171 runs against Surrey, getting all-out for 162. It will be a close match on Wednesday and the team that can dominate the other in all departments of the game will be better placed to emerge victorious.
Timm van der Gugten put up a splendid show taking 4 wickets at regular intervals against Surrey last week; he gave away only 14 runs in his 4-over spell to stifle the opponents and along with Meschede and Cosker, who took 2 wickets each, they got Surrey all-out for just 93 runs. The bowlers’ success translated into a massive win by 8 wickets after the batsmen Lloyd and Rudolph put up an opening stand of 58 runs and the others kept the scoreboard ticking to reach the target within 13 overs.
The batting line-up consists of experienced players like Jacques Rudolph, Ingram, David Lloyd, Graham Wagg and Chris Cooke; the bowling squad has speedsters Timm van der Gugten, Craig Meschede and Michael Hogan while Cosker and Wagg provide depth and variety to the attack.
Overall, the victory has surely boosted their morale and they will definitely come out all guns blazing with the bat too if situation demands; the bowlers are in very good form and they will be raring to come back with stronger force against Essex.
The bowlers were able to provide quick breakthroughs as Matthew Quinn took 4-35 and the others like Napier, Wahab Riaz, Bopara and Dixon took a wicket each but they couldn’t stop Surrey from posting a solid 170 runs. The batting line-up faltered as they lost early wickets and were down at 3-26 by the 4th over; Westley put up a well-made 46 while middle-order batsmen Ryan ten Doeschate and Ashar Zaidi kept the scoreboard ticking but they were all-out for 162 to lose the match.
Essex has a good bowling attack with speedsters Riaz, Dixon and Quinn being in top form; Napier and all-rounder Bopara provide the depth in the squad and they will need to come out with all firepower in order to contain Glamorgan batsmen.
The top-order didn’t click as expected in the first match but they definitely have the determination to bounce back; Bopara, Jesse Ryder, Doeschate, Zaidi and Westley must focus on building the foundation whether batting first or during chase and they must preserve the wickets cleverly.
Glamorgan come here at the back of victory and they will be eager to continue with their winning momentum; Essex on the other hand suffered a humiliating loss on home turf and they will definitely try to make amends with a better show. The contest will be well fought by both sides but we feel Essex will overcome Glamorgan to register their first victory on Wednesday.
Winner: Essex, 1.73 @ Bet on Essex now