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19 May 2022
We are entering into the final stretch of the league stage in the English T20 Blast. The teams in the hunt for a quarterfinal berth will be eager to bring out their A Game in the remaining fixtures. Gloucestershire and Hampshire are all set to lock horns against each other in Match 102 of the T20 Blast. Both teams are placed in the South Group, where the tussle for the knockout spots has just intensified after the last round.
Gloucestershire are coming into this fixture on the back of a narrow five-wicket victory over Kent in their last fixture. After posting a total of 195 runs on the board, the hosts restricted Kent to a score of 190 runs from their 20 overs to register their fifth victory of the season. They are placed third on the points tally with 12 points to their name from 11 games.
Meanwhile, Hampshire’s five-match winning streak came to a halt as they were handed a four-wicket defeat at the hands of Surrey in the last encounter. Despite putting on a low total of just 151 runs on the board, Hampshire did give their opposition a good run for their money.
Hampshire started off their campaign in the worst possible manner, losing their first four games. They looked down and out but eventually managed to pick themselves up. James Vince and Co. are placed fifth on the points table, with five wins and losses each from their 10 games.
Despite a defeat in their last fixture, Hampshire have a good opportunity to sneak into the top four with a win on Friday evening. James Vince has been in sublime form in the tournament, scoring 399 runs in nine innings at an average of just under 50. The Hampshire skipper will be crucial to his side’s chances of progressing further.
David Payne returns to the Gloucestershire setup after missing the last few games due to commitments with the national side. He is the top wicket-taker for his side so far, having 17 scalps to his name in seven matches at an average of 10.71.
Match: Gloucestershire vs Hampshire, Match 102
Venue: Country Ground, Bristol
Date & Time: June 18 at 11:00 PM IST
Live Streaming: Fancode and ECB website.
Pitch Report: The pitch should be favourable for batting conditions, and we could see a high-scoring encounter. However, there is a strong chance of rain affecting the proceedings of the play. Hence we could have a shortened game on the cards.
Matches Played: 10
Gloucestershire Won: 2
Hampshire Won: 8
Gloucestershire: Chris Dent, Miles Hammond, James Bracey (wk), Ian Cockbain, Glenn Phillips, Ryan Higgins, Jack Taylor (c), Benny Howell, Tom Smith, Mohammad Amir, Josh Shaw, Zak Chappell, George Scott, David Payne
Hampshire: Ben McDermott (wk), James Vince (c), Tom Prest, Joe Weatherley, Ross Whiteley, Toby Albert, James Fuller, Liam Dawson, Nathan Ellis, Chris Wood, Mason Crane, Brad Wheal, Scott Currie, Aneurin Donald, Nick Gubbins
Probable Playing XI:
Gloucestershire: Chris Dent, Miles Hammond, James Bracey (wk), Ian Cockbain, Glenn Phillips, Ryan Higgins, Jack Taylor (c), Benny Howell, Tom Smith, Mohammad Amir, David Payne
Hampshire: Ben McDermott (wk), James Vince (c), Tom Prest, Joe Weatherley, Ross Whiteley, Toby Albert, James Fuller, Liam Dawson, Nathan Ellis, Chris Wood, Mason Crane
CREX XI Suggestion:
Wicket-Keeper: Ben McDermott
Batters: James Vince, Tom Prest, Ian Cockbain, Miles Hammond
All-Rounders: Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Ryan Higgins
Bowlers: Mohammad Amir, Nathan Ellis, David Payne
Captain: James Vince
Vice-Captain: Mohammad Amir