Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Gloucestershire vs Derbyshire Falcons Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Gloucestershire vs Derbyshire Falcons taking place? Saturday 7th September, 18:30 (UK)

Where is Gloucestershire vs Derbyshire Falcons taking place? Bristol County Ground, Bristol

What is the expected weather for Gloucestershire vs Derbyshire Falcons? 17c and cloud with sunny intervals

What television channel is Gloucestershire vs Derbyshire Falcons on? Gloucestershire vs Derbyshire Falcons will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream Gloucestershire vs Derbyshire Falcons? This match is available to stream live on the SkyGo app

Where can I get tickets for Gloucestershire vs Derbyshire Falcons? Check https://www.ecb.co.uk/T20-Blast for updates about tickets

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THE TEAM NEWS

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

  • Gloucestershire come into this quarter-final tie with real momentum as they won their last four completed matches in the T20 Blast which saw them seal home advantage for this clash with Derbyshire Falcons.
  • They continue to be without star all-rounder Benny Howell but they have still managed to produce their recent fantastic results in his absence but they will rely on the in-form skipper Michael Klinger who has hit 40, 74, 102* and 48 in his last four T20 Blast innings.
  • The team has been pretty settled in recent matches and changes would seem unlikely for this crunch match and while they have very few household names other than Klinger and Andrew Tye, they continue to relish the role of underdog in this tournament.

DERBYSHIRE FALCONS

  • Similar to their opponents, Derbyshire Falcons ended the group phase in rampant form as they won their final three matches to seal a quarter-final spot despite being one of the less fashionable teams in the competition.
  • While they may also not possess any big overseas stars, they have plenty of quality in their ranks and Ravi Rampaul continues to be one of the most underrated players in the tournament this year despite having taken 21 wickets to so far.
  • The batting line-up is in impressive form with Billy Godleman, Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen and Leus du Plooy having combined to score 14 fifties between them and that quartet will be key to their hopes in Bristol.

THE PREDICTION

Two of the less fancied teams meet in Bristol but both Gloucestershire and Derbyshire Falcons thoroughly deserve to be in the quarter-finals after their outstanding group stage performances. Gloucestershire seem to relish playing the role of underdog but they did reach the quarters last year before losing to eventual champions Worcestershire Rapids. There is little to choose between these two teams and while the Falcons have the edge in terms of batting, the hosts have the better bowling attack marginally. Combined with home advantage, that could just swing it in Gloucestershire’s favour.

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