2020 Bob Willis Trophy – Hampshire vs Essex Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Hampshire vs Essex taking place? Saturday 22th August, 2020 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is Hampshire vs Essex taking place? Arundel Castle Cricket Ground, Arundel

What is the expected weather for Hampshire vs Essex? Sunny on Days One and Two with temperatures reaching 20c, however a chance of light rain showers on Days Three and Four.

What channel is Hampshire vs Essex on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Hampshire vs Essex? Matches can be streamed live on the official websites of the First-Class Counties

Where can I get tickets for Hampshire vs Essex? This match will be played behind closed doors

THE LOWDOWN

Hampshire remain in the hunt to reach the Bob Willis Trophy final, after thrashing Surrey by an innings and 52 runs in their last match. Reigning County Champions Essex now stand as the only side to have won all three of their Bob Willis Trophy fixtures, as they once again stood up and showed the resilience of champions against Sussex, beating them by three wickets at Hove.

THE PREDICTION

A win here for Hampshire will throw the door to the South Group wide open and could even see them leapfrog Essex into top spot should they accrue enough bonus points. Essex have shown cracks in their armoury despite boasting perfect record of three wins from three. Their batting is weak with only four batting bonus points to their name so far. Hampshire will also feel comfortable in their surroundings at Arundel after their thumping win over Surrey. The key is Hampshire’s batting, if they can survive the guile of spin bowler Simon Harmer and put up a solid score in both their innings, then they’ll stand a real chance of pulling off an upset here.

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