As the caravan of the Vitality T20 Blast rolls on, Essex Eagles will take on Middlesex what is expected to be another riveting encounter on Friday night.
Essex Eagles kickstarted their campaign with a 36-run mauling at the hands of Sussex Sharks. After having reduced to 3-32 thanks to Jamie Porter (2-26) and Matt Coles (1-49), the bowlers ran into rampaging duo of Laurie Evans (61) and Michael Burgess (56 off 23 balls) who with the help of quickfire 17-ball-23 from Wiese and Archer (24) led Sussex to 6-181 in 20 overs.
Essex’s much-vaunted line-up failed big time against Wiese (5-24) and Jofra Archer (3-24) as none of their batsman except Varun Chopra (64) and Westley (22) could offer any substantial support to eventually finish 36-run short of the target. They will now face Middlesex, who are bolstered by the presence of Dwayne Bravo and will be led by Dawid Malan.
Venue:- County Ground, Chelmsford
Match Timings:- Friday, July 06, 2018, 11:30 PM IST
The pitch at Chelmsford offers resistance for the fast bowlers initially while aiding the batsman as the day progresses. The previous encounter at Chelmsford witnessed a high-scoring fixture with Sussex scoring 6-181 in 20 overs, while David Wies and Jofra Archer claimed eight-wickets between them, a testimony of an all-round pitch.
Ryan ten Doeschate (C), Tom Westley, Ashar Zaidi, Adam Zampa Adam Wheater (WK), Jamie Porter, Matt Quinn, Neil WagnerRavi Bopara, Varun Chopra, Matt Coles, Sam Cook, Simon Harmer, Dan Lawrence
Paul Stirling, John Simpson (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Hilton Cartwright, Nick Gubbins, George Scott, Nathan Sowter, Tom Helm, Ravi Patel, Stephen Eskinazi, James Fuller, James Harris
Wicket-keeper:- Adam Wheater
Batsmen:- Varun Chopra, Tom Westley, Ryan ten Doeschate, Dan Lawerence
All-rounder:- Ravi Bopara, Ashar Zaidi (D: Simon Harmer)
Bowler:- Matt Coles, Samuel Cook, Jamie Porter, Adam Zampa
Wicket-keeper:- John Simpson
Batsmen:- Paul Stirling, Nick Gubbins (D: Stephen Eskinazi)
All-rounder:- Dwayne BravoHilton Cartwright, (D: George Scott)
Bowlers:- Tom Helm, Ravi Patel, Nathan Sowter (D: James Fuller, James Harris)