About the Match
With 10 points from 12 matches Gloucestershire are at the 6th position in the south group and will take on Hampshire, who are currently at No. 4 in the table with 11 points from 12 matches, on 14th July at Cheltenham. Hampshire have got their campaign back on track by beating Surrey in the last match to rekindle their quarter-final hopes; on the other hand, the Gloucs lost their 7th match of the season against Kent which means that their chances of reaching the quarter-finals are slim. Hampshire is close to realising its goals of making it to the next stage and will fight hard to win the upcoming contest on Tuesday.
Gloucestershire lost the match against table toppers Kent by 3 wickets, after posting 166 for seven; Michael Klinger strengthened his position as the competition’s leading run-getter with 75 from 50 balls that consisted of seven fours and two sixes. Peter Handscomb scored 28 from 23 balls and both of them added 79 in less than 10 overs with the other players failing to live up to the expectations. Craig Miles took 3-27 and Benny Howell took 2 wickets but they couldn’t restrict Kent from reaching their target.
Earlier, Gloucestershire thrashed Somerset by a big margin of 8 wickets with Hamish Marshall plundering 93 off 53 balls and Michael Klinger posting a well-made 58, both producing an opening stand of 158 to help the team reach the target of 175 with ease.
Overall, they have a talented side with established batsmen and bowlers who can bounce back in the upcoming match against Hampshire; the team will surely have to pull up their socks and win their remaining matches if they want to keep their hopes alive this season.
Hampshire sealed a 29-run victory against Surrey in the last match after choosing to bat first and posting a competitive 186. Adam Wheater posted his highest T20 score of 78 from 49 and kept the scoreboard ticking along with Owais Shah and James Vince. Danny Briggs took 3-21 while Will Smith and Mason Crane took 2 wickets each to getting the opponents all-out for just 157 runs.
In the previous match against Glamorgan, they couldn’t chase a total of 181 and lost the match by 23 runs. Despite Michael Carberry’s brilliant 70 off 46 balls wherein he partnered with James Vince to post a quality opening stand of 69, they lost momentum in the middle. Danny Briggs was impressive with the ball, ending with figures of 2-13 while Gareth Berg picked up 3 wickets.
Overall, the top-order has clicked nicely as Michael Carberry, James Vince, Adam Wheater and Owais Shah are in good form. Joe Gatting, Will Smith and Gareth Berg need to be more positive in their approach and help the team post big totals or chase successfully. Danny Briggs has been the pick of the bowlers and is being well assisted by Smith, Crane, Berg and Jackson Bird.
Middlesex’s confidence in the T20 format is low and being at the rock bottom of the group for the second summer in a row, they don’t look capable enough to post a challenging total here. On the other hand, Essex is high on confidence after 2 successive wins and is a formidable unit to reckon with; they look well placed to repeat their winning strategy and gain two more points here.