About the Match
Kent and Essex from the South Division, having played four matches each so far with 6 points each are going head to head in the NatWest T20 Blast competition on 11 June at Canterbury. Kent is better off in the NRR as against Essex with top order of both teams in full form. It will be an interesting contest to see which of the teams will dominate and emerge victorious in the end.
Key continues to be the player to look out for in the Kents side and opting to bat after winning the toss against the lowly rated Middlesex in the last match, he opened the innings with Drummond, made 33 for the opening stand by the 4th over. After the departure of Drummond, Northeast joined Key and dominated the proceedings, hitting 54 off 32 balls and Key 36 off 21 balls. The top order played to their full potential with Stevens and Bollinger giving good company to Blake who made 58 off 31 balls, helping the team amass a healthy and challenging total of 208 for 4. In defending the huge total, Bollinger and Griffiths demolished the top order of Middlesex team who collapsed dramatically except for Christian who came at No.5 and held the innings with 129 off just 57 balls, who threatened to overtake the target but failed without support from the other end. While Griffiths leading the successful bowling attack with 4 wickets, Bollinger, Riley and Stevens claimed 3, 2 and 1 respectively, thus helping the team win the match by 16 runs. A well-balanced side, Kent is fully prepared with a well analyzed homework done for facing an equally strong team Essex, with a fairly good track record and proven performance.
Choosing to chase a target, Essex put Surrey to bat after winning the toss in the last match and restricted the opponent to just 151, dismissing the dreaded Hashim Amla for 9 runs with just 35 on board by 5th over. Salisbury and Bopara claimed 2 wickets each with good support from Topley and Mills who took 1 each. In chasing the target, the openers made 37 in just 3.2 overs, easing the target for the rest of the batsmen, Pettini getting dismissed for 12. The top order maintained the momentum, with Westley making 44 off just 34 balls and Doeschate 43 off 32 balls, helping the team win the game comfortably by 5 wickets with 7 balls to spare. Essex posses the fire power to deal with the Kents with strong bowling attack and variety in Salisbury, Phillips, Mills, Bopara and Topley and capable batsmen who can take the battle to the opponent’s camp at will.
Both teams are in full form and have the capacity to prove the other wrong with a fairly good bowling attack and batsmen who can punish any stray or intimidating bowling. Focus and disciplined bowling will be the road to success, with the fielders on their toes responding to the needs throughout the game. Though it will be a tough contest, we expect a win for the Essex team in this tussle.
Essex, 1.72 @ TitanBet