About the Match
Gloucestershire with 11 points from 6 matches stands at No.2 in Group A of the Royal London ODI Cup; they will take on Surrey, who are at the topmost position in the group with 11 points from six matches but with a better NRR, on 18th August at Bristol. While the Gloucs had defeated Worcs by 4 wickets in the last outing after successfully chasing a competitive target of 265 runs, Surrey too had defeated Worcs by 36 runs to make it to the top. Both sides have been performing well to exert their dominance over other teams; however, they meet each other for the first time and it needs to be seen which team will outwit the other and emerge victorious here on Tuesday.
Although bowlers like Payne, Howell and Smith took 2 wickets each in regular intervals against Worcs, they didn’t have an answer for Joe Clarke, who went on to post 131 runs remaining unbeaten. With the match reduced to 46 overs each side, the batsmen had a tough task but put their strengths together to cross the finish line with 7 balls to spare.
Dent, Tavare, Roderick and Jones did well and are strong at the top order; Michael Klinger brings his immense experience and will lead the side from the front under any situation. The batsmen have been performing well and are in good shape to come out all guns blazing in the upcoming match too.
On the bowling front, David Payne has been consistent; his 5-40 in 8 overs, demolished Durham in previous match while Howell, Miles and Smith are regularly picking up wickets to stifle the opponents. Overall, the team has what it takes to dominate others on the field and execute to perfection; with some excellent planning, they look strong to stop the Surrey juggernaut on Tuesday.
Jason Roy, Sangakkara, Rory Burns, Steven Davies and Gary Wilson make a strong batting line-up; they are presently in good-form, bringing the big runs to the table. Roy’s excellent 99 off 95 in the match against Worcs took the team to a massive 328, while Sangakkara continues to impress with his skills. The target was defended well by Curran and Burke, who claimed 3 wickets each while Dernbach took 2 wickets to eliminate any hope for the opponents.
Steven Davies’ superb 115 off 117 against Derbyshire and Sangakkara’s phenomenal 109 off 104 deliveries helped the team post another big total of 326 runs on board; James Burke was the pick of the bowlers in the match with his excellent 5-28 in 6.5 overs, which demolished the opponent’s middle order and helped them win by 77 runs.
While the batsmen are in top form, posting huge totals or chasing difficult ones with ease, the bowlers have been rising to the occasion to bring the team emphatic victories; overall, this is a formidable team to reckon with, and they definitely pack a punch no matter who the opponent is.
Although the Gloucs have been continuing with their winning performances, Surrey has an outstanding batting line-up, which has repeatedly turned out big figures and a well-rounded bowling attack that makes them clear favourites to win the match on Tuesday