About the Match
Surrey scored its second successive win in the County Championship Division 2 against Leicestershire to move up to the third spot, just behind Hampshire and Worcestershire, with 120 points from 10 matches. They now take on table toppers, Hampshire, who have 139 points from 9 matches played so far, from June 28th at the Kennington Oval grounds. While Surrey bowlers Ansari and Batty spun their magic to demolish the opponents and help win the match by 10 wickets, Hampshire batsmen though their heroics made possible a massive win against Essex by a whopping margin of 470 runs. Both teams have highly talented players who can turn the proceedings in their favor and it will be quite an interesting contest to witness this weekend.
Choosing to bat first, Surrey accumulated 522 runs in the first innings, thanks to an unbeaten 160 off 296 deliveries by Gary Wilson and great support by Amla, Solanki, Jason Roy and Tremlett who contributed a superb 90 runs towards the end and also took 3 wickets to strangle the Leices batting line-up. Dunn, Batty and the others claimed regular wickets to restrict the opponents to 271 all-out at the end of 85 overs with a follow-on total of 319 from 101 overs. Ansari and Batty bowled superbly to tackle the Leices batsmen and spun their way into the batting order picking up 5 and 4 wickets respectively. Tremlett and Dunn were impressive too and gave good support to the spin duo and helped their batsmen face an easily achievable target. This recent win has surely boosted the team morale and with their ranking improving, the players will be highly motivated to cause an upset in the upcoming match.
Put into bat first by Essex in their recent match, the Hampshire batsmen stumbled all the way with an average performance resulting in 286 runs all-out by the end of 78 overs in the first innings, with Topley and Bopara causing the maximum damage. However, the shocking batting display didn’t alarm the bowlers, who kept their heads high and returned the favor to Essex by demolishing their batting line-up for just 121 runs in 43 overs. Abbott with 5-44 was astounding and with great support by Tomlinson, who took 3 wickets giving away only 25 from 14 overs, and Coles who took 2 wickets, the bowlers put the match right back into their hands. And then the 2nd innings onslaught by Vince and Smith, who put up a 3rd wicket stand of a massive 387 runs, took them to 440 runs on the third day. It proved to be too much for the Essex batsmen, who lost the plot thanks to Abbott and Balcombe’s bowling prowess. Hampshire won the match on the third day itself by a massive 470 runs, proving why they are such a feared side.
Both teams come here at the back of huge victories to their name and will come out all guns over the weekend, when the match starts. Will Surrey who has some pretty impressive players in all departments of the game topple the momentous Hampshire or the tactics of group leaders Hampshire will be too overwhelming for them? Only time will tell, but due to superb form and excellent balanced lineup we feel that Hampshire will emerge victorious in this match.
Hampshire, 1.80 @ Titan Bet