Vitality t20 Blast 2020 – Essex Eagles vs Middlesex Preview & Prediction
When is Essex Eagles vs Middlesex taking place? Thursday 27th August, 14:00 (UK)
Where is Essex Eagles vs Middlesex taking place? The CloudFM County Ground, Chelmsford
What is the expected weather for Essex Eagles vs Middlesex? Light cloud and a gentle breeze with temperature reaching 18c.
What channel is Essex Eagles vs Middlesex on? Sky Sports have the rights to show the T20 Blast so check their schedule here to see if they will be showing this match
Where can I stream Essex Eagles vs Middlesex? You can stream this via the SkyGo app if the match is being televised by Sky Sports
Where can I get tickets for Essex Eagles vs Middlesex? Check https://www.ecb.co.uk/T20-Blast for updates about tickets
THE TEAM NEWS
- Essex Eagles come into the competition as reigning champions having won their first ever Vitality Blast title last year, beating Worcestershire Rapids in a thrilling final.
- The Eagles have their South African spin bowler and T20 captain Simon Harmer available as their overseas player and are also boosted by the return of big hitting opening batsman Cameron Delport for the competition.
- This year marks the first ever Vitality Blast campaign that Essex will undertake without all-rounder Ravi Bopara, after the Eagles legend left the club for Sussex Sharks in the off-season.
- Middlesex enjoyed a successful Vitality Blast campaign last year after making it out of the South Group, however they were blown away by Notts Outlaws in their quarter final at Trent Bridge.
- T20 captain Eoin Morgan won’t be available for Middlesex with England set to face Australia and head coach Stuart Law has named former England bowler Steven Finn as captain in Morgan’s absence.
- Up to four players could make their Middlesex debuts in this match, with the likes of leg-spin bowler Luke Hollman and top order batsman Joe Cracknell both possibly in line to feature against the Eagles.
It is a much-changed Middlesex side from last year that will take the field at Chelmsford with the likes of Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling having left the club, not to mention the unavailability of former overseas stars such as AB de Villiers. As a result, their batting looks extremely vulnerable and despite Essex having lost Bopara, the Eagles could feature 10 of the 11 players who were involved in that memorable grand final victory last year. With home advantage to boot, the reigning champions should get off to a winning start here.