Essex will take on Middlesex in their NatWest T20 Blast match this Friday at Chelmsford from late in the evening & this will be broadcast live on TV. The Essex v Middlesex betting tips for this NatWest T20 Blast game can be found below.
Essex won by four wickets and as predicted, Jesse Ryder was Essex’s top-scorer!
This game assumes a lot of importance for Essex and not so much for Middlesex as far as the quarter-final qualification is concerned. Essex are tied on the third spot with 12 points but have three other teams for company at that position.
And then there’s Surrey who are two points behind those four but have also played a game lesser than them.
At the other end of the spectrum is Middlesex who are on six points from 11 games and even if they win all three, they will end up with only 12. The fact that two teams already have more than that and four times are on 12 already should be a ready indicator that Middlesex is out of reckoning.
They will now be playing for pride.
Interestingly, both these teams played as recently as four days ago in their first game of the season and Middlesex stunned Essex in that encounter in Richmond. Essex fell away to 109 despite the towering presence of Jesse Ryder, Ravi Bopara and Ryan ten Doeschate, while Middlesex, led by Eoin Morgan reached the win in 17 overs.
Interestingly, Bopara picked up three wickets in that game to push his tally up to 18 wickets in the tournament, making him the fifth most successful bowler this season.
Essex had started the season with just one win from their first five matches, and then lost just one from their next six before that defeat at the hands of Middlesex. Another win here should take them on to the verge of qualification.
Players to watch out for:
Jesse Ryder (Essex):
Ryder has had a century to his name this season but hasn’t scored too many besides that. With the Kiwi opener having made his move away to a new New Zealand first-class side for the coming season, his mind would be a tad more settled and could give him the opportunity to play more freely. Look out for a big one coming from his bat.
James Franklin (Middlesex):
He might not top-score with the bat or pick up truckloads of wickets but the Kiwi all-rounder keeps chipping away. He has 180 runs to his name from 10 matches batting lower down the order and picked up 12 wickets – the most by a Middlesex batsman. Could be a good time to back him to repeat such a performance again.
Essex v Middlesex head to head:
For a team that doesn’t play too well in this format, Middlesex have won 10 of the 20 matches they have played against Kent including their previous game a week ago. Good signs for the visitors.
Essex v Middlesex betting tips:
Essex to win: 4/6
Ryder to be Essex’s top batsman: 7/2
Match starts at 7 pm local time (1800 hours GMT) on July 17.