2021 County Championship – Middlesex vs Surrey Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Middlesex vs Surrey taking place? Thursday 22nd April, 2021 – 11:00 (UK)

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

What is the expected weather for Middlesex vs Surrey? Dry with Sunny intervals on Days 1,3 and 4, but bright sunshine on Day 2 with temperatures reaching highs of 14c

Where can I get tickets for Middlesex vs Surrey? 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 Surrey on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Middlesex vs Surrey? Matches can be streamed live on the official websites and YouTube channels of the First-Class Counties alongside the England Cricket App.

THE PREDICTION

It’s always a special occasion when Middlesex and Surrey lock horns at Lord’s for a County Championship fixture. Despite this being only the third fixture of the season however, both teams are already under pressure in Group 2. Middlesex have tasted defeat in both of their opening two games, a narrow four-wicket loss vs Somerset was followed up a 249-run hammering at the hands of Hampshire. Surrey meanwhile were expected to be one of the sides right in the mix for the top two, but following defeat against Gloucestershire in their first match, Surrey failed to take 20 wickets vs Leicestershire on a placid Kia Oval pitch and were forced to settle for a draw.

The hosts will be delighted to welcome Australian wicketkeeper batsman Peter Handscomb to the fold, with the overseas signing set to make his debut as Middlesex captain in this match. Surrey will likely rotate their bowling attack once again, with left-arm pace bowler Reece Topley expected to come back into the team after being rested against Leicestershire. Most importantly for Surrey however will be the performances of their middle order batting that includes England international Ollie Pope, who hit an incredible 245 in their last match. Providing their key batsman such as Pope, captain Rory Burns and South African Hashim Amla gain substantial runs in this one, Surrey should be capable of taking 20 wickets on a good Lord’s surface and ultimately subjecting Middlesex to a third consecutive defeat in 2021.

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