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17 Aug 2018 by Rob Esteva

Vitality t20 Blast 2018 – Sussex Sharks vs Middlesex Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 17th August, 18:30 (UK)

Where? The 1st Central County Ground

Weather? 19-20c with cloud and sunny spells

What channel is it on? Sussex Sharks vs Middlesex will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream the match? N/A

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Sussex Sharks W13, Middlesex W7, No Result 5

THE TEAM NEWS

SUSSEX SHARKS

Coach: Jason Gillespie

Captain: Luke Wright

  • Sussex moved into the top four spots following their win over Gloucestershire on Thursday night which was their third consecutive win in games that have not been abandoned and a win here will seal their quarter-final spot.

  • They are without star man Rashid Khan who has been called up by Afghanistan and drops out of the squad here but skipper Luke Wright comes into the squad despite facing a late fitness test.

  • There will not be like-for-like changes in the squad though as Sussex will need to bring another bowler in rather than give four overs to David Wiese and the most likely candidate is leg-spinner Will Beer who should come into the side for this near sell-out clash.

MIDDLESEX

Coach: Daniel Vettori

Captain: Dawid Malan

  • Middlesex will be delighted to see the end of this t20 campaign having recorded the second worst record of any team in the tournament and contriving to lose on Thursday night against Essex despite posting their highest ever total at Lord’s of 210/3.

  • Robbie White is injured and Steven Finn is rested so Martin Andersson and Ethan Bamber come into the squad and will both be set for first eleven T20 debuts should they make the starting eleven after impressing with Middlesex Seconds in recent weeks.

  • While their batting shone and clearly fired on Thursday with Stirling and Morgan in great form, the bowlers struggled badly once again and they will find it much harder against one of the best bowling attacks.

THE PREDICTION

Middlesex are absolutely woeful right now and do not look like winning a game. Sussex are on fire and need to get the win, and although they are without Rashid Khan, they still have plenty of quality in their bowling attack. The visitors have no confidence and are finding ways to lose from good positions but it seems difficult to envisage them even getting into a good position against Sussex. With this match almost a sellout, Sussex should comfortably win this match and move into the quarter-finals.

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