Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Essex Eagles vs Hampshire Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Essex Eagles vs Hampshire taking place? Thursday 1st August, 19:00 (UK)

Where is Essex Eagles vs Hampshire taking place? The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford

What is the expected weather for Essex Eagles vs Hampshire? 24c and cloudy but no rain forecast

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

Where can I stream Essex Eagles vs Hampshire? N/A

Where can I get tickets for Essex Eagles vs Hampshire? Check https://www.ecb.co.uk/T20-Blast for updates about tickets

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Essex Eagles W12, Hampshire W11, Tied 2, No result 6
Last meeting: No result

THE TEAM NEWS

ESSEX EAGLES

  • Essex Eagles’ match on Saturday against Gloucestershire was completed washed out so they will be eager to get back in action as they try to lift themselves into the top four and build on their tally of three points from their opening four matches.
  • They are significantly boosted for this match and upcoming games by the news that Pakistani pace bowler Mohammad Amir has finally had his UK visa cleared that was preventing him from playing in the first four matches of the tournament.
  • That gives their bowling attack a much-needed cutting edge as it has easily been their biggest weakness so far in the tournament and his inclusion will benefit the likes of Adam Zampa, while Shane Snater or Matthew Quinn will make way for him in the starting eleven.

HAMPSHIRE

  • Hampshire are coming off their first win of the T20 Blast campaign this season as they managed to chase down Somerset’s 172/3 last Friday thanks to solid innings by Liam Dawson and some late big hitting by James Fuller. That win keeps them in touching distance with the top teams in the South Group.
  • The second team played against Glamorgan on Monday with a number of first team players included, such as skipper James Vince who is desperately trying to find some form after losing his last two wickets for one run combined, but he could only manage 14 in that game.
  • Despite the questionable form of some of their key players like Vince, the likelihood is that they will name an unchanged team for this match as they look to pick up back-to-back victories.

THE PREDICTION

Essex Eagles have typically had the beating of Hampshire in this format of the game in recent years but both teams remain wildly unpredictable this season. The availability of Mohammad Amir is massive for the Eagles and could be decisive in this match. The Hampshire batsmen are struggling for consistency and they will find it difficult against Amir who will be chomping at the bit. The visitors have quality in their ranks, but this format has not been kind to them and despite winning last time out, the Eagles have the edge in power-hitting to take this game.

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