Essex Eagles will play Surrey on day one of the Natwest T20 Blast 2016. The latest Essex Eagles v Surrey betting tips for this Natwest encounter can be checked below.
The 2016 edition of the Natwest is set to start from Friday, with six matches to be played on the first day. The one between Essex Eagles and Surrey will be played under the floodlights, in addition to being broadcasted on the telly. After boasting of incredible success in India, the English cricket has certainly got a huge boost and is gaining popularity again in the country.
The middle order is where things get a lot more intriguing, with Ravi Bopara and Jesse Ryder hoping to balance it out for the side. Interestingly enough, Ryder was one of the most successful bowlers for his side, having taken 44 wickets last season.
In the bowling department, Wahab Riaz is certainly leading the way as he will be playing with the side for the first seven games only. He will supported by Adam Milne and Matt Quinn as well, both of whom are quite experienced with the ball.
On the other hand, Surrey too have a well balanced team, with the presence of Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara in the side. Moreover, they have also managed to get their hands on Aaron Finch, who is having an incredible season in the Indian Premier League right now. Upon his arrival to the side, their batting is sure to get stronger. While their bowling looks slightly on the weaker side with less experienced players, it will be upto Chris Morris and Dwayne Bravo to support the lads and get the wickets.
For this match, it will be hard to predict the victor here, but Essex do have a slightly better team.
Essex Eagles v Surrey head-to-head
Head to head speaking, Surrey have won 14 times while losing on the other five occasions. However, with changes in squads, this match may not be in line with the previous results.
Essex Eagles v Surrey betting tips betting tips for the Natwest 2016 match one:
Surrey to win with bet365: 2.0
The match begins at 19:15 hours local time on Friday, May 20.