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

THE FACTS

When is Essex Eagles vs Middlesex taking place? Wednesday 14th August, 19:00 (UK)

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

What is the expected weather for Essex Eagles vs Middlesex? 17c but light rain is anticipated and rain could fall throughout the day to leave a wet outfield

What television channel is Essex Eagles vs Middlesex on? Essex Eagles vs Middlesex will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream Essex Eagles vs Middlesex? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Essex W15, Middlesex W13, No Result 0
Last meeting: Middlesex beat Essex by 7 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

ESSEX EAGLES

  • Essex Eagles were left disappointed in their quest to claim a valuable victory in the South Group of the T20 Blast as their clash with winless bottom side Glamorgan was washed out after just four overs.
  • The Eagles had managed to reach 30/1 from those four overs with Cameron Delport doing most of the scoring up to that point as he hit 20 from 19 balls, before he was dismissed with what ended up the final ball of the game.
  • Delport has one of the highest averages in the competition with 180.62 and he will be key to his side’s chances of working their way into contention for a spot in the quarter-finals, along with Dan Lawrence who is averaging 193.33.

MIDDLESEX

  • Middlesex bounced back from defeat in their top three clash with Sussex Sharks by narrowly beating Gloucestershire in a rain-affected game to move into a strong position in the South Group.
  • Gloucestershire posted 168/8 from their 20 overs while Middlesex’s chase only lasted 18.1 overs and, thanks to a brilliant 91 not out from captain Dawid Malan off just 59 balls, they came out on top by nine runs under the D/L method.
  • With AB de Villiers departing as planned until later in the group stage, Middlesex have moved to replace him by bringing in Mohammad Hafeez and he could be available for this game following his stint in the Global T20 Canada.

THE PREDICTION

Middlesex boast a strong batting line-up and despite the temporary loss of AB de Villiers, they are able to welcome Mohammad Hafeez to cover for him. Hafeez could make his debut here to bolster the Middlesex ranks and that spells trouble for Essex. The Eagles have just two wins to their name in this year’s competition and against a side that are aiming for top spot in the South Group, they could run into further trouble with the visitors able to claim this one.

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