About the Match
Sussex with 4 points from 3 matches, having lost to Derbyshire, are taking on Gloucestershire who are having no points so far, having sacrificed the 2 points gained from their win against Middlesex to pay the penalty of negative 2 points for improper pitch preparation against Somerset. The match is being played at Hove on 6th June with both teams having good mix of fast and spin bowlers and an experienced batting line-up. While the Gloucs lost their last match against Somerset with a deficit of 18 runs, Sussex won against Surrey reaching the target of 172 in the last ball and this win will boost the confidence of the Sussex team.
The opening pair does not seem to be stable, though Wright has managed to hold one end consistently; Machan was out scoring only one run but Hamilton and Wright followed by Nash stabilized the innings as they achieved the target of 172 runs in the last ball against Surrey, who elected to bat first after winning the toss. Zaidi was very good in his line and length and claimed 3 important top order wickets of Surrey who also have a strong batting line up. Jordan, Arafat, Yardy and Liddle were used well to unsettle the Surrey batsmen but they could not stop them from making a challenging score of 171. A good teamwork by Sussex helped them reach the target and this win will be in the back of their mind when facing the Gloucs; they have to guard against the Fuller-Norwell duo initially to make a match of it.
Overseas Klinger captains the team thoughtfully and effectively, though individually he has not been in a good form; he has a dependable middle order in Marshall and all-rounder Fuller, who have been taking the team out of the woods time and again. The duo of Fuller and Norwell are able to destroy any strong batting line up with good support from other bowlers like Smith, McCarter and Howell and quick and accurate fielders. The team can prove to be a formidable one to any challenger and their win against Middlesex in the previous match is an example of a good team work and determination to achieve the target. Except for Klinger, the top and middle order contributed in double figures to take the team towards success. The Sussex team is well equipped to handle the bowling attack of the Gloucs and put up a good challenge; they have to take care of Wright, Hamilton and Nash by not allowing them to settle down if Fuller and Norwell can dent the top order. The opponents also have a long line-up of batsmen, who can surprise and frustrate them to hold the ground and achieve target; hence the Gloucs cannot be complacent in any department in tackling the talents of the Sussex team.
Both teams are balanced and have the potential to surprise the other; with commitment and superior talent, we expect the Sussex team to emerge victorious here.
Sussex, 1.57 @ Bet365