About the Match
Just after their match against England XI, Essex Eagles would have shift gears quickly as they’d have to make a move from the longest version of the game to the shortest one. The Eagles would meet Middlesex Panthers on July 4th, 2013 at 5:15pm GMT at Lords Cricket Ground, also known as, The Home of Cricket. It is second game of the Eagles this season, but they weren’t able to play due to inclement weather and the points were shared. Middlesex has won one game and lost one and will be looking to make a mark on this game.
Essex Eagles :
Eagles first scheduled game was washed out and they’d be hoping for a better result this time. They’ll be coming after an exhausting four day game against England XI and fatigue can play a crucial role. In addition to that, switching between formats which are too different can be difficult. However, the Essex side features some experienced players who can be considered masters of shortest version of the game. Ravi Bopara is in fine form with both bat and ball as he troubled everyone in Champions Trophy. The opening pair of Hamish Rutherford and Jaik Mickleburgh can be very destructive. Owais Shah and Ryan ten Doeschate add strength to their already strong batting lineup. Their bowling looks quite good with addition of Shaun Tait.
Middlesex has had a mixed campaign so far as they scored a win against Kent and lost against Sussex. In a rain affected game, Middlesex first restricted Kent Spitfiers to 129 runs and then due to another interruption, they were required to score 111 in 12 overs. Chasing a stiff total under the circumstances, Middlesex batsmen didn’t get the greatest of the starts. Paul Stirling was castled by Philander on the fourth delivery of the match without a run on the board. Dawid Malan provided some impetus to the innings, but the target appeared far from reach. Adam Rossington blasted 41 off just 20 balls to guide them home with just two balls to spare. They lost to Sussex chasing a mammoth total of 202. Middlesex have the capable players with the likes of Voges and Stirling who can strike the ball hard and long.
Essex is still seeking its first win in the competition whereas Middlesex has tasted both a win and a loss. The winner of this match would rise to top three in South Division table and Middlesex can even go to the first place provided all permutation fall in correct places. Essex has played decently in their four day game against England, and they’d like to continue their good form in Domestic T20 Competition as well. Can they shift gears from First Class to T20 in just a day and overcome the fatigue? Essex has experienced guys and excellent limited overs batsmen who can perform against any lineup. Furthermore, their T20 specialists didn’t play that four day game so they’ve had plenty of rest and would be well prepared for this game. I think the Eagles will fly high and register a win at The Home of Cricket.
Essex Eagles @ 1.91 William Hill