Vitality t20 Blast 2018 – Hampshire vs Middlesex Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 20thJuly, 19:00 (UK)

Where? The Ageas Bowl

Weather? 23-24c and sunshine expected all day

What channel is it on? Hampshire vs Middlesex 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: Hampshire W16 Middlesex W10, No Result 2

THE TEAM NEWS

HAMPSHIRE

Coach: Craig White

Captain: James Vince

  • Hampshire desperately need to kick start their t20 Blast campaign as they are one of just two teams not to have won a single game so far albeit having played just three matches.

  • Their batting order clicked for the first time last weekend as they hit 207/6 against Kent but fell three runs short, and that was without their top three making any runs so they still have room for improvement.

  • The bowling attack remains a concern as Berg was hit for 60 from his four overs in that Kent match following Abbott being dropped, but they can count on Fidel Edwards after his Global T20 commitments in Canada and he will surely start in a bid to boost their bowling unit.

Middlesex

Coach: Daniel Vettori

Captain: Eoin Morgan

  • Middlesex played their first match in almost two weeks on Thursday night and they were rusty in all facets of the game as Somerset surpassed their total of 175/7 with ten balls left as the pressure mounts on them.

  • With just one win from their four opening matches, they really do need to grab a win here, and despite losing, just getting back out in the middle will have helped Morgan’s men but they have to be bolder here.

  • Changes to the starting eleven seem unlikely but they may consider moving Bravo and Agar up the batting order and Morgan will likely demand his fellow batsmen and himself play much more aggressively in this match.

THE PREDICTION

Another tough match to call as both of these teams are floundering near the bottom of the South Group despite having big ambitions for this tournament. Hampshire have not got going since their Royal London One Day Cup win, while Middlesex have also been laboured and need Morgan, Stirling, Bravo and Agar to fire. The visitors will be boosted by playing last night to shake off some rust, which may haunt Hampshire, and the visitors are marginally favoured but this one may be best left alone.