2019 Royal London One-Day Cup – Hampshire vs Middlesex Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Hampshire vs Middlesex taking place? Tuesday 23rd April, 2019 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is Hampshire vs Middlesex taking place? Ageas Bowl

What is the expected weather for Hampshire vs Middlesex? 19-21c with sunshine and cloudy spells but no rain forecast

What channel is Hampshire vs Middlesex in the UK? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Hampshire vs Middlesex? N/A

Where can I get tickets for Hampshire vs Middlesex? https://www.ecb.co.uk/tickets/domestic

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: Hampshire beat Middlesex by 5 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

HAMPSHIRE

Coach: Adrian Birrell

Captain: James Vince

  • Hampshire have cruised to two victories over Kent and Glamorgan in their opening two matches and that have hit the ground running this season with their batsmen firing and bowling unit looking strong also.

  • They have named an unchanged squad for the third consecutive match and following the two emphatic victories by 90 runs and seven wickets, there is a strong likelihood that the same eleven will start here.

  • The batting trio of Alsop, Northeast and Vince has combined for 427 runs in the opening two matches and that is without any major contributions from Rossouw and Markram so there is still plenty to come from this team which is ominous for the rest.

MIDDLESEX

Coach: Stuart Law

Captain: Dawid Malan

  • Middlesex come into this match against Hampshire having an identical record to their opponents with two wins from two as they have eased past both Essex and Gloucestershire in two strong displays to start the tournament.

  • The batting has been the standout factor for Dawid Malan’s men as they powered to 366/8 against Essex batting first and then eased past Gloucestershire’s 283/7 with 46 balls to spare thanks to Stevie Eskinazi’s maiden one-day ton.

  • Steven Finn has been called into the squad for this match in place of James Harris and there is every chance the veteran pace bowler is given a start at the expense of Tom Helm who has figures of 0/73 and 1/57 in his opening two games in what may be the only change to the side.

THE PREDICTION

Two teams clash here with 100% winning records on the line as Hampshire welcome Middlesex. Both teams have impressed with the bat and have comfortably been scoring at impressive run rates so this could very well come down to which bowling unit can click into gear. Hampshire have arguably had the edge in that department based on the opening two games with their spinners complementing the likes of Kyle Abbott and that could just swing it in their favour.