About the Match
A look at the standings indicates that this match between Sussex and Essex could well be a decider as far as the qualification for the top-eight is concerned. As six teams out of nine teams of the South Group are with same points, the tournament is still wide open. Despite a poor start in the beginning of the tournament, Sussex and Essex have done well in the middle stage of the tournament and get their campaign going; the South Group is currently squeezed tightly together and this match is another opportunity for both teams to improve their position greatly.
After a good win against Gloucs by 5 runs, Sussex lost their last match against Surrey while chasing the mountainous target of 194 runs, they fell short by 17 runs. Opener Chris Nash left the ground after the well-made half century, after that they lost their wickets at regular interval, which ended their innings at just 176 for 7.
Bowling unit has bowled well in the tournament, but in the last match it was not much impressive with their strike bowlers were thrashed with the economy rate of over 12.
Despite being a balanced side, it was surprising that Sussex failed to impress in this season. They have just managed to win 4 games out of 13 games they have played. Although qualification for the quarter finals is depending upon the results of the other matches; but win in this match is must for Sussex to keep themselves in race.
After two wins in their last two matches, Essex finally managed to keep their hopes alive to be the part of quarters, today’s match with Sussex is the great opportunity for them to hold strongly the points table.
The Essex batting unit has been doing well, and the batsmen have some runs under their belt. Varun Chopra, Ryan ten Doeschate, and Ravi Bopara are the engine of this side and will need to provide the momentum for Essex in most matches.
All other batsmen are capable of going hard at the bowling with success but to expect them to go and get big scores or bat through the innings is hoping for a bit too much.
In their last match against Gloucs, Varun Chopra shows evidence of big hitting which help them to reach to the target with ease and this is another good sign for Essex.
Bowling unit of Essex is equally strong with Mohammad Amir in their side bringing international experience to the team and his form adding on to it; other bowlers like Simon Harmer and Paul Walter are also doing well in the tournament.
Essex is a team full of match winners with both bat and ball and if they can get some consistency going, they should definitely find themselves in contention for the quarters.
It is an important game for both the teams with both of them trying to rise up the ranks. Both the teams have done well so far, but with good team balance Essex look favourites to win this match