Date & Time: Wednesday, September 04, 23:30 IST
Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street, England
Can Essex stop Lancashire from entering into the semifinal?
Lancashire and Essex clash off in the first quarter-final of Vitality T20 Blast 2019 at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-street on Wednesday. Lancashire which topped the table in the North group have finished with eight wins and with only two losses and four of their matches being washed out. Essex, on the flip side, has made their way into the quarter-finals at the last moment by winnings three and tying one in the last four matches. So even if they had finished at No.4 in the South Group with only five wins, the momentum they acquired a the fag end ot the league phase gave them the much-needed confidence to take on the table-toppers of the North Group. Lancashire seeks to continue the good form in the quarter-finals and hope to enter into the second straight Semifinal.
Lancashire Possible XI: Liam Livingstone, Alex Davies, Steven Croft, Glenn Maxwell, Dane Vilas (C), James Faulkner, Kean Jennings, Josh Bohannon, Saqib Mahmood, Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson.
Essex Possible XI: Cameron Delport, Tom Westley, Adam Wheater (WK), Dan Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate, Ravi Bopara, Paul Walter, Simon Harmer (C), Jamie Porter, Adam Zampa, Aaron Beard.
The surface in Chester-le-street hasn’t been easy for batting in the season where the average first innings score is around 140. For the first quarter-final, it is likely to remain the same. The forecast for a few showers before the start of the match but the rain is likely to stay away for the match.
He is going through one of the most productive seasons he has ever had in the T20 Blast. He has scored 345 runs from 10 innings played so far which includes four half-centuries. His heroics in the middle order have compensated the mediocre form of the top order batsmen for Essex.
There hasn’t been a stand out performer for Lancashire with the bat in the season as one or other stepped up at different times. That might be one of the reasons for their prolific form in the season. But Maxwell has given Lancashire a cutting edge with his innovative batting where he has also been consistent which is quite unusual.
He has been the central core of the Lancashire bowling in the season, as he chipped in with 21 wickets from 10 innings. He has the lowest strike rate among bowlers in the season who has picked at least 15 wickets so far. He hasn’t gone wicketless in a match in the season so far which makes him a must-have in the Dream11 cricket team.
It’s either been his way or the highway kind of season for the T20 specialist. He has scored a century and a couple of half-centuries in the season which accumulates the most percent of the runs he scored. He may have been inconsistent but when he got going he made full use of it.