About the Match
Essex will take on Yorkshire in the 3rd quarter-final match of the Royal ODI series at Chelmsford on 27th August; placed second in Group B, Essex did well to reach this stage and they will try to inch forward in the competition with a win here. The Yorks had finished in the third place in Group A and will try to come out all guns blazing on Thursday; both sides have well-balanced teams that can put up tough challenges for the opposition but only one of them will progress to the semi-finals of this prestigious cup.
They had won the last game against Middlesex by 6 wickets after chasing 297 runs successfully; Bopara continues to strengthen the middle order and also brings his skills as a fine spinner to the table. Browne and Pettini are good openers but need to click in the upcoming game; Westley is a strong asset with both bat and ball while Ryder and Doeschate bring depth to the batting line-up.
Reece Topley’s 4-26 against Hampshire helped them dominate the opponent while Jamie Porter and David Masters bring variety to the bowling attack; Bopara and Ryan provide good support as all-rounders.
Overall, they have a strong batting line-up with players like Pettini, Browne, Bopara, Doeschate and Westley who are in good form; their bowling attack depends on Topley, Masters and Porter who are skilful when it comes to taking crucial wickets. If they can build strong partnerships either in batting first or during chase, they can surely overcome Yorkshire and book a semi-final berth on Thursday.
A complete top-order collapse in the last match against Somerset led to a loss by 6 wickets; except Leaning and Rhodes, who put up a 70-run partnership for the 5th wicket, the others in the middle order too couldn’t step up to the challenge. Fisher and Carver put up a brave fight and added 67 runs for the 10th wicket to take the total to 175 but the bowlers found it difficult to restrict the hard-hitting Somerset batsmen.
Against Leics, Alex Lees posted 75 runs while Rhodes and Hodd contributed well with 46 and 36 runs respectively to take the total to 277 runs; Maxwell scored 28 but he needs to be more consistent with the bat. With the ball, Fisher, Bresnan and Rhodes combined well to restrict the opponents to 246 runs while Maxwell, Rashid and Patterson took a wicket each and helped them win the match by 31 runs.
Rhodes, Leaning, Lees and Hodd provide a strong batting line-up whereas players like Maxwell and Gary Balance must come out all guns blazing if they want to post big totals; the bowling depends on Fisher, Carver, Pyrah, Bresnan and Rhodes, who can take regular wickets. They must perform well in all departments of the game to succeed at this stage and keep their campaign alive.
Although Yorkshire has good talent and experience on its side, we feel that Essex is placed better to come up with a winning performance yet again on Thursday