2021 County Championship – Middlesex vs Gloucestershire Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Middlesex vs Gloucestershire taking place? Thursday 6th May, 2021 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is Middlesex vs Gloucestershire taking place? Lord's Cricket Ground, London

What is the expected weather for Middlesex vs Gloucestershire? A slight chance of rain on Day 1, but expected to be largely dry with sunny intervals on Days 2 and 3 with light cloud, but temperatures reaching highs of 20c on Day 4.

Where can I get tickets for Middlesex vs Gloucestershire? The County Championship will initially be played without spectators but it is worth checking each county’s official website for updates

What channel is Middlesex vs Gloucestershire on? Sky Sports will be televising this match

Where can I stream Middlesex vs Gloucestershire? Sky Sports subscribers will be able to stream the match live via the Sky Go website or app. Non Sky Sports subscribers will be able to stream the match via the YouTube channel of Middlesex CCC alongside the England Cricket app.

THE PREDICTION

After being ahead of the game following each side’s respective first innings, Middlesex will have been extremely frustrated to have been beaten by Somerset at Taunton last week. After leading by 89 runs, Middlesex were skittled for just 117 in their second innings, leading Somerset to chase down 207 runs with four wickets remaining. Peter Handscomb’s side will now be looking to react to this setback by beating Group 2 leaders Gloucestershire, who are coming off the back of an excellent four-wicket victory over Leicestershire, after a magnificent 117 by Ian Cockbain led the South West based county to chase down a target of 348.

Middlesex are very much a tougher outfit at home than they are away, as proved when they beat Surrey at Lord’s by ten wickets two rounds ago. This is mainly due to their bowling attack that are experts at utilising conditions to their advantage at the Home of Cricket. The likes of seam bowlers Tim Murtagh and Ethan Bamber will make life very difficult for Gloucestershire and providing key batsman such as captain Handscomb, Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins contribute with scores, the home side may just edge what should be a close contest.

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