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10 Aug 2018 by Rob Esteva

Vitality t20 Blast 2018 – Essex Eagles vs Gloucestershire Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 10th August, 19:00 (UK)

Where? The CloudFM County Ground

Weather? 15-17c with a small chance of rain

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Cricket

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

Are tickets still available? https://www.ecb.co.uk/tickets/domestic

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Essex Eagles W6, Gloucestershire W4, No Result 3

THE TEAM NEWS

ESSEX EAGLES

Coach: Anthony McGrath

Captain: Ryan ten Doeschate

  • Essex have lost their last four matches in the competition and remain firmly rooted at the bottom of the t20 Blast South Group so they are simply playing for pride in these remaining matches now.

  • They make one addition to their 14-man squad as they welcome back Dan Lawrence who has missed the last three matches with a back injury and he will add to McGrath’s options for this game.

  • Varun Chopra remains fundamental to the team having been the only Essex Eagles’ batsman to have scored a half century in the tournament this year such has been the lack of quality in the batting line-up.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Coach: Richard Dawson

Captain: Michael Klinger

  • Gloucestershire produced a stunning batting display to smash 242/4 against Middlesex on Thursday night to pick up another win and move second in the South Group and in touching distance of a knockout place.

  • Ian Cockbain was the man of the moment on Thursday as he hit his first T20 century as he hammered Middlesex’s bowlers around the ground for 123 from just 61 balls as they remain on track for the top four.

  • They will have the same set of players at their disposal for this match and they seem likely to go unchanged as Klinger has already warned his team against complacency despite Essex’s lowly position in the standings.

THE PREDICTION

Essex showed some fight in their defeat last time out against Glamorgan but still fell narrowly short. They will play hard especially in front of their fans and will try and give them something to cheer about but they really do lack the fundamentals to compete in this tournament. Their batting has been lacking the entire tournament and they are rarely giving their bowlers enough to work with. Against a relatively complete Gloucestershire side, it is hard to make a case for them getting anything out of this game.

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