Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Middlesex vs Surrey Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Middlesex vs Surrey taking place? Thursday 8th August, 18:15 (UK)

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

What is the expected weather for Middlesex vs Surrey? 25c partly cloudy but with seemingly no chance of rain

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

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

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Middlesex W11, Surrey W20
Last meeting: Middlesex beat Surrey by 37 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

MIDDLESEX

  • Following defeat to high-flying Kent Spitfires, Middlesex got back to winning ways in their last T20 Blast outing, beating Somerset by 35 runs to climb into third place in the South Group.
  • Fast bowler Tom Helm continued his great form in this year’s Blast against the South West county, bowling three overs for only 18 runs and working in tandem with the ever-reliable spinner Nathan Sowter, who took four wickets for 29 runs.
  • Middlesex will be hoping for another match winning knock from South African legend AB de Villiers, after the Middlesex oversees star feasted upon the small boundaries at Old Deer Park, smashing nine sixes in a knock of 88 not out from only 35 balls, and he will be key to their hopes once again here.

SURREY

  • Surrey’s underwhelming start to this year’s T20 Blast continued in their last outing, going down by eight wickets to Somerset at Taunton despite posting a seemingly strong total of 203/4 and they have won just one of their opening six matches in the tournament.
  • The bowling continues to let the South London county down in this form of cricket, with Sam Curran going wicketless and being hit for 30 runs from three overs in his return to the side, whilst his brother Tom fared even worse, bowling at an average of 13.08 runs an over.
  • The batting provided a bright spot for Surrey with the ever-reliable Australian Aaron Finch hitting 72 runs from 44 balls alongside a brisk half century from Sam Curran batting at three, they will hope to carry this top order momentum into this game.

THE PREDICTION

Surrey have surprised everyone by their poor start to this year’s T20 Blast and this London derby already has the feel of a must win game for the ‘Three Feathers’ if they are to progress out of the Southern Group. Middlesex will be looking to cement their place in the top four and stay well within reach of Kent Spitfires and Sussex Sharks at the top of the group.

A sold-out Lord’s crowd will be expecting fireworks from the likes of AB de Villiers and Dawid Malan against a Surrey bowling attack low on confidence. Combined with an underrated bowling attack of Helm, Sowter and mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Middlesex should have more than enough to win this game and claim the local bragging rights.

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