About the Match
Essex are clearly ahead of Gloucestershire in the points table at this stage, the former having 8 points from 5 matches and the latter having just 3 points from 5 matches. Essex played their previous match against Kent on 11 June and won by 6 wickets with 6 balls to spare whereas the Gloucs won the match against Sussex by 4 runs. Essex enjoys clear superiority over Gloucs in all departments of the game and Gloucs need to properly analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the opponent while getting into the middle.
Essex on winning the toss against Surrey on 6th June put them to bat first with a mind to chase, rather than set a target for the opponent considering the batting strengths of Amla, Roy and the top order of the Surrey team. They bowled with great discipline to contain the batsmen and even succeeded in dismissing opener Amla for just 9 runs from 12 balls with 31 on board by 5.1 overs. Roy got the company of Wilson to add 51 runs for the 3rd wicket but the accurate bowling by Phillips, Salisbury, Bopara, Mills and Topley restricted the target to 152, which they reached with 7 balls to spare. On 11th June they won a tough match against Kent with 6 balls to spare, chasing a target of 189, Bopara remaining unbeaten with a superb 81 off 44 balls, though they lost Pettini in the very 1st over without any score on board. The Essex team needs to maintain this winning combination and momentum to see success against the Gloucs, who have good bowling resources in McCarter, Taylor and Havell and good batsmen like Klinger, Gidman and Cockbain.
In their win against the Sussex team on 6th June, Gloucs made an imposing total of 189 for 6 after being put to bat by Sussex; Klinger and Cockbain contributing 28 off 30 balls and 84 off 51 balls respectively. Sussex did not succeed in their plans as they lost 2 wickets early with just 27 on board by 3.2 overs. Again at a score of 111, wicket no. 6 and 7 fell successively, in the 13th over. Piolet and Beer tried well to get past the target but the intelligent bowling by the Gloucs led by McCarter who took 5 wickets and Taylor taking 3 wickets, resulted in a win to the Gloucs by 4 runs. They need to demonstrate this fighting spirit against the Essex team who have a good batting line up of Ryder, Pettini, Westley and Bopara and handle and defend against the penetrating bowling by Phillips, Topley, Salisbury and Bopara. The Gloucs have the capability to tackle the situation in all departments of the game as per the demands but need to use them intelligently to overcome the confidence of Essex team.
Though the match will go down to the wire, with their demonstrated performance, the Essex team is better placed to win this contest.
Essex, 1.57 @ TitanBet