About the Match
Middlesex and Gloucestershire are at the bottom of the table with the Gloucs ahead in the points table with 3 points from 7 matches while Middlesex has only 2 points from 8 matches; they now face each other on 26th June at Lords, with hardly any chance of making it to the next stage but will try their best to save face. Gloucs have the psychological advantage over Middlesex as they have lost fewer matches with 4 losses against 7 of Middlesex; the teams have the privilege of playing at the prestigious Lords stadium and must keep up with a better performance and earn some redemption.
Middlesex played against Essex in their last South Division League match at County Ground, Chelmsford wherein, put into bat first by Essex, they lost Denly early in the 2nd over with the score at 7 for 1 at 1.1 overs. Malan and Morgan stemmed the innings, taking the score to 72 for 2 in the ninth over; Morgan rotated the strike with other batsmen and made 69 with 46 balls helping the team make 153 for 5 by the end of the 20th over. However, they could not stop Essex from winning the match with 2 balls to spare, as Sandhu and Harris were not effective as the job of containing the dominant opposition was left to Padmore, Dexter, Christian and Patel. Pettini, Doeschate and Phillips foiled the efforts of Middlesex to reach the target. The Gloucs are no easy meat for Middlesex, though they have lost their last match on 20th against Hampshire by a very narrow margin of 2 runs. Middlesex must deploy their bowling resources thoughtfully to unsettle the opposing batsmen to secure a win and the fielding standards must be more efficient to compliment the tremendous efforts of the bowlers.
They are looking for a face saving win and aim to succeed but their opponents are looking to outwit their efforts. It was a pity to see their efforts getting nullified as they were cruising well towards the target of 181 against Hampshire in their last match as Gidman and Klinger opened the innings and took the score to 61 off 8 overs and suddenly lost wickets in quick succession to read the score 121 for 7 by the 16th over. They seemed to be reaching the target of 181 but lost crucial wicket in the last over to lose the match, falling short by 2 runs. The Middlesex team is capable of creating surprises and the Gloucs must take care of complacency to win the match; they must bowl with more venom and McCarter and Taylor must maintain proper length and line to reduce the extras, which is costing them the matches. Klinger and Gidman should continue their form in giving a solid start to the team and others must consolidate the good work by the top order to win the contest.
The contest will see two lowly rated teams fighting for survival and to live up to their credibility. Though Middlesex Panthers will surely put up a brave fight, the Gladiators have better chances to improve as they have played one match less, and climb up the points table.
Gloucestershire Gladiators, 1.90 @ Titan Bet