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

THE FACTS

When is Surrey vs Middlesex taking place? Thursday 25th April, 2019 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is Surrey vs Middlesex taking place? Kia Oval

What is the expected weather for Surrey vs Middlesex? 16-17c with cloud and a small chance of rain throughout the day

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

Where can I stream Surrey vs Middlesex? N/A

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

THE STATISTICS

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

THE TEAM NEWS

SURREY

Coach: Michael Di Venuto

Captain: Rory Burns

  • Surrey picked up their first win of their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign on Tuesday against Essex as they eased to victory by 65 runs but it came at a cost as Jason Roy, Ollie Pope and Rickie Clarke all picked up injuries in that match.

  • The trio all miss out here as Surrey know they need to put together a string of wins to remain in contention for the knockout round but they are able to call upon South African Dean Elgar who has arrived in the UK and is ready to play along with all-rounder Jordan Clark who is fit again now.

  • Tom Curran remains out through a calf strain which has weakened their bowling attack but at least Liam Plunkett found some form in the Essex match so while they are under strength on paper, they still have some quality options available due to the strength of their squad.

MIDDLESEX

Coach: Stuart Law

Captain: Dawid Malan

  • Middlesex’s winning start to the cup came to an end on Tuesday at the hands of champions Hampshire who dominated from start to finish and beat them by 119 runs as their batting let them down for the first time this season.

  • The batting order is boosted massively by the arrival of Kiwi star Ross Taylor who has arrived in England and has been named in the squad to play here which combines to make it a formidable line-up with Sterling, Malan and Morgan.

  • George Scott may be the player to make way for him and the batting order is arguably the strongest in the entire tournament as it stands right now so they will be looking to overpower this understrength Surrey bowling attack.

THE PREDICTION

Surrey are significantly under strength for this game as their injury list has grown significantly and that counteracts the arrival of Dean Elgar to a degree. Middlesex have a star arrival themselves and the number three ranked batsman in the world – Ross Taylor – joins up with them and will play here. They have produced two excellent performances so far and the loss to Hampshire last time out will give them a wake-up call. That does not bode well for Surrey though who will likely show some fight, but it is difficult to see how they will match Middlesex here.