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

THE FACTS

When is Surrey vs Essex Eagles taking place? Thursday 29th August, 18:30 (UK)

Where is Surrey vs Essex Eagles taking place? Kia Oval, London

What is the expected weather for Surrey vs Essex Eagles? 22c and cloudy with sunny intervals

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

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

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Surrey W10, Essex Eagles W16, No result 2
Last meeting: Essex Eagles beat Surrey by 52 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

SURREY

  • A brilliant unbeaten 102 from Aaron Finch kept alive Surrey’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Vitality Blast after they beat Somerset by 6 wickets at the Oval on Tuesday evening.
  • After an awful start to the competition which almost ended their hopes early on, Surrey have now won five of their last six Vitality Blast games with the other match abandoned due to rain, and they are the form team of the South Group going into their final group fixture here.
  • The ECB cleared both Ollie Pope and Sam Curran to appear for Surrey in the game against Somerset and both are expected to play once again in this match, which could be crucial to the ‘Three Feathers’ chances of victory.

ESSEX EAGLES

  • Essex’s hopes of knockout qualification were all but ended at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday after they tied with Hampshire to leave themselves needing to win their final two games and a number of other results to go their way if they are to make it into the top four.
  • Despite figures of 2/23 from captain Simon Harmer, the Essex bowling which has so often been their Achilles heel in the Vitality Blast haunted them once again, as Hampshire hit 41 runs from the final three overs to steal the tie.
  • The Eagles have named the same team for their last two Vitality Blast matches and could well do so again, after batsman Dan Lawrence recovered from a shoulder knock sustained in their win away at Sussex to play against Hampshire on Sunday, although bowlers Jamie Porter or Sam Cook could come in for the expensive Aaron Beard.

THE PREDICTION

Both teams have underperformed in this year’s Vitality Blast although Surrey have finally started to show the form which saw them labelled as one of the pre-tournament favourites early on with five wins on the bounce now racked up. Essex Eagles historically have a good record at the Oval, winning eight of the 12 T20 matches played at the ground between the two sides and will believe they can make it nine, after two strong performances on the road in succession.

Aaron Finch however has hit form at just the right time for Surrey and with England internationals Pope and Curran available to play, the South London county should have more than enough in the tank to make it six wins in a row and give themselves the best chance possible of finishing in the top four.

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