Vitality t20 Blast 2018 – Essex Eagles vs Surrey Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 5th August, 14:30 (UK)

Where? The CloudFM County Ground

Weather? 27-29c with sunshine all day

What channel is it on? Essex Eagles vs Surrey will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://www.ecb.co.uk/tickets/domestic

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Essex Eagles W15, Surrey W9, No result 2

THE TEAM NEWS

ESSEX EAGLES

Coach: Anthony McGrath

Captain: Ryan ten Doeschate

  • Essex’s hopes of mounting a comeback to challenge for the play-offs was virtually dashed on Friday night as Somerset smashed them by ten wickets, and they remain with just the one win from eight matches played.

  • Their fragile batting let them down once again as the middle and lower order could not support the top order who got them off to a solid start which they will have to improve to somehow match this fearsome Surrey batting line-up.

  • As they only had a small total to defend, that gave little margin for error for Zampa and Siddle to put pressure on Somerset, but they will hope the Aussie duo can keep Surrey’s batting at bay for long spells.

SURREY

Coach: Michael Di Venuto

Captain: Jade Dernbach

  • Surrey produced arguably the best batting display in the tournament so far in overcoming Middlesex’s 221/5 as Finch and Roy smashed 194 from 13.5 overs for the opening partnership and they went on to surpass the total with four overs remaining.

  • The motivation among the Surrey team is high right now to really push on and string some wins together as they remain outside the top four places but a win here should keep them nicely in contention.

  • No changes expected to the starting team following that spectacular performance, and they will look to kick on and continue this strong run of form right now.

THE PREDICTION

Contrasting form for these two teams as Essex look bereft of confidence and form while Surrey are playing some great cricket and their batting line-up especially is as strong as anything in the competition. No sign of complacency for Surrey as they sit in fifth in the South Group and have to keep winning, and they will surely have too much for this poor Essex team.