About the Match
Essex will be taking on Kent in the penultimate group match for both teams as both teams try and lock down positions for the final four. The South Group is so tightly packed together that only one point separated teams from 3rd
place to the 9th
place. A lot of mathematical permutations are possible but it is likely that both teams need to win their remaining matches to be sure of qualifying.
The Essex Eagles have built up some useful momentum around their campaign and put themselves in a strong position to qualify for the finals. They are currently on 12 points as are five other teams but only Essex and Surrey have an extra game in hand.
Their last win against Gloucestershire was very crucial and came on the back of some remarkable individual performances. Mohammad Amir has really come into his own as the tournament has started to reach its final stages leading the Essex attack with ease.
His spell of four overs for 18 runs and two wickets was instrumental in the win as were Paul Walter’s four overs for 17 runs and two wickets. Jamie Porter took 4 wickets in the match and will ensure that the Eagles go into this contest with an in-form and firing bowling attack.
The batting effort was led by Varun Chopra who continued his good form scoring 44 runs from just 20 deliveries. It is an indication of just how much Varun Chopra dominated the opposition that the total score was just 58 when he got out for 44.
Varun Chopra, Ravi Bopara, and Ryan Ten Doeschate are the senior players of this side and they will want to ensure they play an instrumental role in getting the Essex Eagles to the finals.
A very important victory by Kent in their last match against Somerset has kept them alive in this tournament. They are currently in the last place with 11 points but have two matches in hand. A possible 15 points could be enough to get them into the final four depending upon how the other games play out.
The star of their last victory was Adam Milne who took 5 wickets for 11 runs in 3.5 overs in a performance that broke the back of the Somerset batting. Milne will be key once again against a strong Essex batting lineup that will not mind the extra pace he brings.
It will be encouraging for Kent that Jimmy Neesham too was able to bowl his full quota of overs and get two wickets to his name as well.
A score of 150 could still have been a little tricky for Kent to chase down but Sam Billings ensured that would be taken care of without any hitch. Kent has the batting firepower needed in its team in the form of Denly, Bell-Drummond, Northeast, and Billings at the top of the order, now all they need to do is ensure they perform in the crunch matches.
Pitch and Conditions
A few scattered showers in the day but clear during match time is the current forecast for the match. The pitch at Chelmsford will be good for batting although the bounce has been lacking in the last couple of matches over there.
Essex to win