About the Match
Warwickshire, who were on the verge of getting ousted from the tournament till the final day of the league matches with the result of the match between Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire being the decider, must have had a sigh of relief when they made it to the quarter finals; they face Essex, the team at the top of the table for South Division, on 2nd Aug at Chelmsford for the 3rd quarter final match of the tournament. The top order of both teams seems to be equally strong but Essex seems to be better in the middle order strength, with both teams having effective bowling capabilities.
The team is good in chasing as seen from their performance wherein they registered most of their 10 wins while chasing, against only one win while defending 209, whereas all the 4 losses came while they were defending. The highest chase was 189 against qualifier Glamorgan and also Kent; this indicates it’s superiority in the batting line up especially in the top and middle order, whereas there is some weakness in bowling capability, as they could not defend even 225 against Sussex, against whom they lost by 7 wickets. Ryder and Pettini are consistent in giving a good start with Bopara, Westley and Doeschate being consistent in the middle order. Their bowling lacks penetration especially against strong opponents. Comparing their performance against the quarter finals qualifiers from their Division, their wins were 2 each against Glamorgan and Surrey while chasing and 2 losses out of 4 were against qualifier Hampshire. The present opponent has shown equal capability to win both while defending and chasing whereas they have lost more matches in chasing. Westley, Bopara, Topley, Masters and Phillips are required to improve their bowling by maintaining better line and length.
Their best win was against qualifier Worcestershire chasing 175 by winning it by 5 wickets with 4 balls remaining whereas their worst loss was against Derbyshire while defending 189 losing it by 3 wickets and 6 balls yet to be bowled. They could not chase 126 successfully against Lancashire getting dismissed for 111; they chased 175 successfully against Worcestershire but failed to defend 133 against the same team in the reverse match. Same thing happened against Notts, as they won by 18 runs defending 156 but lost by 6 runs while chasing 158 in the reverse match. They have vulnerability in batting compared to their success in bowling. Porterfield and Chopra have been consistently opening the innings giving a good start, but the rest of the batsmen have not demonstrated commitment in their batting capabilities. Clarke, Woakes, Rankin and Patel should sharpen their attack with the ball; three of their 5 losses were against other qualifying teams from North Division whereas out of 7 wins only two were against the qualifiers. Hence they are not favorably placed against the formidable Essex, who have better all-round capabilities.
Consistency and repetition of performance have been the assets of Essex and hence strong indicators of being clear favorites here; though the match will be well-fought, Essex will emerge victorious in the end.
Essex, 1.50 @ Bet365