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Gloucestershire has confirmed a place for itself in the quarter-finals after having beaten Surrey in its last game. Now, with two more games to play, Gloucestershire will be looking to confirm a home fixture for its quarter-final and to keep its good form going into the most important stage of the tournament. Its opponent is a very hungry Sussex team that must win its last two matches to qualify.
Currently, on 14 points with two games to play, Sussex is in a tight race with Surrey, Glamorgan, and Kent for the two remaining spots up for grabs in the South Group.
Both teams have everything to play for.
An excellent all-round performance by Benny Howell and a brilliant batting role played by Noema-Barnett was enough to help Gloucestershire get over the line against Surrey and book a place in the quarter-finals.
It is a fitting reward for a team that has played some very intelligent cricket all season. Led by Michael Klinger, Gloucestershire does not have the big name T20 stars in its side to help it gain attention. However, players like Cockbain, Howell, Higgins, and Noema-Barnett have helped Gloucestershire pull off wins against more fancied sides.
The players will have their task cut out against a strong Sussex side that dismantled Glamorgan in the last game. The batsmen will have to be at their best against a high quality bowling side. We think the role of Klinger will be even more important than usual because he has the necessary temperament to be able to bat through the inning and attack at the right time.
Gloucestershire has also benefitted from having two of its bowlers in excellent form over the last few matches. Andrew Tye has had an impact ever since he joined the tournament and his ability pick up wickets in almost every single match is just uncanny.
Benny Howell is a very similar bowler to Tye in that he also relies on changes of pace and different deliveries to try and outfox the batsmen.
Both of these bowlers will be key in the battle to keep a swinging Sussex side down.
MAH Hammond, M Klinger, IA Cockbain, Ryan Higgins, Benny Howell, JW Taylor, KN Barnett, GH Roderick, AJ Tye, Jacob Lintott, DA Payne.
Luke Wright is racing against time to be fit for this match but it is yet unclear if he will be able to make it. Sussex will be hoping to have him back at the top of the order and reunited with Salt becase the pair has had quite a bit of success recently.
The task ahead of Sussex is pretty simple. They need to win both their matches to qualify for the quarter-finals. It is something that seemed to bring the best out of Sussex in its last couple of performances and everyone would be hoping to recreate that in the next few games too.
Runs from Evans, Rawlins, Burgess, and Archer in the last game would have given the side a lot of confidence. If Wright can return and add further strength to this side then beating Sussex is not going to be easy.
Remeber, that Sussex’s main strength is its bowling. Archer, Mills, Rashid Khan, Jordan, and Briggs make up the strongest bowling side in the competition. They combined to bowl an in-form Glamorgan side out for 88 in the last match.
Rashid Khan, Jofra Archer, and Chris Jordan are the three senior most bowlers and they will be the ones that will be tasked with winning this match for Sussex. If the bowling unit has some runs to defend like in the last game, Sussex is going to be near impossible to stop.
Philip Salt, Harry Finch, Laurie Evans, Delray Rawlins, D Wiese, Michael Burgess , Jofra Chioke Archer, Chris Jordan, Rashid Khan, Danny Briggs, TS Mills.
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Rain has been forecast in Bristol but the weather should clear up around the time the match is expected to start. The pitch in Bristol has been good for batting but the rain around could leave the outfield a little heavy. We think the bowlers will have some help in this match but plenty of runs should still be scored.
A score of around 170 should be considered as par.
Gloucestershire won its first match against Sussex this season and will be confident of repeating the same at home in this match. We are, however, backing the away side in this encounter because of a much stronger bowling attack and some terrific recent form.
Back Sussex to win.
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