About the Match
Both the teams have registered consecutive wins in their last two matches which bring them at 3rd (Gloucestershire) and 6th (Sussex) place on the points table of the NatWest T20 challenge; behind by 2 points but better in net run rate, Sussex has a good opportunity to climb up the ladder when they take on Gloucestershire on 11th August at Hove. The last time these two teams met, match finished with no result due to rain interruption; both the teams will be looking for their first win against each other in the tournament. Recently, Gloucestershire registered a convincing win against Somerset by 7 wickets; Also Sussex won against Kent by 5 wickets, so both will be determined to win this match on Friday.
Sussex has a strong batting line-up with the likes of Chris Nash, who is in great form and posted 73 off 53 in his last match against Kent, Ben Brown, who contributed 49 runs in the win against Kent, and other names like Stiaan van Zyl, Ross Taylor, Luke Wright, Evans, Chris Jordan and David Wiese.
Against Kent, they chased down the target of 163 runs convincingly by 5 wickets, with the perfect knock of 73 runs from the bat of Chris Nash, for which he was awarded the man of the match title. In the bowling department David Wiese was impressive, Chris Jordan gave away some runs but took important wicket of Sam Billings.
In the match Against Surrey, bowling department did well to restrict the team at 148 for 8, Tymal Mills impressively took 3 wickets and gave away only 20 runs in his spell of 4 overs. With the 120 runs opening stand between Chris Nash and Stiaan van Zyl Sussex chased down the target in only 13.3 overs with only 2 wickets down.
With the top order in form, Gloucestershire are doing well in the tournament so far to keep themselves at 3rd place. Ian Cockbain’s knock of 47 runs and captain Klinger’s knock of 35 helped the team chase down the target of 146 runs against Somerset by 7 wickets without facing much hurdles.
In the bowling department David Payne and Benny Howell have done reasonably well in the tournament thus far. The duo took 5 wickets against Somerset without giving away much runs. Other bowlers also contributed well as they took away 8 wickets of Somerset at the score of 96 runs.
In the match against Glamorgan Mustard’s half century helped Gloucestershire to get to a fightable total, which they successfully defended and won by 5 runs by D\L method as the match was reduced to 5 overs due to rain.
Both the teams are motivated from their last wins and want to move up the ladder; The match could be of any team but we feel Sussex have little edge over Gloucs because of their strong batting line up coupled with the fact that they are playing at their home ground.