About the Match
Placed eighth on the table in the south group, Essex has only 4 points from 6 matches and will face off against Gloucestershire who are placed second with 6 points from 4 matches, on 11th June at Chelmsford. Essex has lost four matches and has NRR of -0.575; they will need to perform well in the upcoming match and look to increase their points. Gloucestershire has lost just one match so far and have a positive NRR of +0.830; they will be eager to continue with their wining momentum on Thursday.
Essex registered their second victory against Surrey in the last game, beating them by a margin of six wickets. Tom Westley and Ravi Bopara hit superbly paced half-centuries to overhaul Surrey’s 169 with four balls to spare. On the bowling front, Bopara scalped 3-18 while Shaun Tait and Westley took 2 wickets each; Westley and Bopara continued to contribute with their all-round skills. Essex lost their fourth match against Somerset by three wickets wherein Westley blasted 68 off 56 while Jesse Ryder hit 54 off just 28 balls to help the team to post a competitive total of 176. Overall, Ravi Bopara, Tom Westley and Jesse Ryder have been successful with the bat and try to help the team move forward in the tournament. Alistair Cook and Kishen Velani must get back to rhythm with the bat before it is too late; on the bowling side, Shaun Tait has been the most successful bowler for Essex with 10 wickets while Bopara, Tom Westley, David Masters, Graham Napier and Adeel Malik are improving in their wicket-taking abilities. They need to stay focused on the end goal and come out all guns blazing in the upcoming contest against the Gloucs.
Gloucestershire defeated Kent by a heavy margin of nine wickets as they chased down the target of 156 with ease; they surpassed the total by smashing 157 losing just 1 wicket and with 16 balls to spare. Captain Michael Klinger hit an unbeaten 69 off 51 while Ian Cockbain blasted an unbeaten 54 off 38 balls; they shared an unbroken partnership of 105 runs for the second wicket. Benny Howell scalped 3-18 and Thomas Smith took 2 wickets to restrict the opponents to a low total. The Gloucs clinched their second win against Essex by a big margin of 34 runs; again Klinger was brilliant with a smash 126 off 68 to help the team set a humungous total of 199. On the bowling front, Smith claimed a hat-trick to end with figures of 5-39 while David Payne picked up 3 wickets. Overall, the team has proven batsmen like Michael Klinger, Ian Cockbain and Hamish Marshall, who are capable of setting high targets or chase with perfection. Peter Handscomb, Chris Dent, and Jack Taylor are yet to shine while bowler Benny Howell has done well and is being ably assisted by Tom Smith, James Fuller and David Payne.
Although Essex will put up a fighting contest to achieve redemption, Gloucestershire which has better resources with in-form batsmen and bowlers and has dominated in the competition so far, looks better placed to win the upcoming match