Date & Time: Tuesday, August 13, 23:00 IST
Venue: County Ground, Bristol, England
Can the teams find the ideal winning momentum?
Gloucestershire and Hampshire find themselves at No.5 & 6 in the points table with 9 and 7 points respectively. Hampshire had a roller-coaster season thus far with losing the opening two matches and then winning three on the trot, then losing the next two in a row. On the other side, Gloucestershire has had more or less a similar season with fluctuating results. Now it’s all about finding the ideal winning momentum for both sides as the season moves into the final leg.
Gloucestershire 13-member squad: Michael Klinger (C), Miles Hammond, Ian Cockbain, Benny Howell, James Bracey (WK), Ryan Higgins, Jack Taylor, Andrew Tye, Chris Liddle, David Payne, Graeme van Buuren, Chris Dent, Tom Smith.
Hampshire 14-member squad: Aneurin Donald, Rilee Rossouw, James Vince (C), Sam Northeast, Liam Dawson, Chris Morris, James Fuller, Lewis McManus (WK), Brad Taylor, Kyle Abbott, Chris Wood, Tom Alsop, Ryan Stevenson, Ian Holland.
The surface at Bristol has produced sporting games thus far in the season and it is likely to remain the same for the Tuesday’s clash as well.
He is the leading run-scorer for Hampshire with 218 runs from 7 innings. His consistency across formats when he is in good form makes him a must-have player in today’s match. He has been the solid pillar for Hampshire at No.3 in the season with both openers and middle-order batsmen struggling for consistency.
He may not have been at his best with the ball in the tournament but Higgins has made handy contributions in the middle order. He has scored 184 runs in 7 innings at a strike rate of almost 140. His rapid scoring rate has allowed other batsmen to play their natural game.
He is the leading wicket-taker for Hampshire in the tournament with 12 wickets from 7 innings. His genuine wicket-taking ability which he showcased in the tournament makes him a must-have bowler in Dream11 cricket team for today’s match.
He continued from where he left in the Royal London Cup. He was the leading wicket-taker for Gloucestershire during this season and in the T20 Blast, he once again proved to be handy by picking 10 wickets from 7 innings. His economy rate is what made him the stand out bowler of the side where he conceded just 6.65 runs which is like gold dust in this format.