The T20 Blast 2022 season is set to continue with hosts Gloucestershire taking on the visiting Middlesex. The match is scheduled to be held on Sunday, July 3, at the County Ground in Bristol.
Gloucestershire are currently placed fifth on the South Group points table. They are just above Glamorgan on the standings with five wins from 13 fixtures. The upcoming match marks their last group game of the season.
Unfortunately for them, even a win against Middlesex in their final group encounter will not be able to land them a quarterfinal spot at this stage.
On the other hand, Stephen Eskinazi’s Middlesex have endured an even more disappointing run as they are placed at 8th position in the nine-team group. However, with just four wins out of 13 fixtures, they will be looking to finish off their 2022 campaign on a high note with a win in their final group match.
Match: Gloucestershire vs Middlesex
Venue: County Ground, Bristol
Date & Time: July 3 at 7:00 PM IST
Live Streaming: FanCode / Gloucestershire Official Youtube channel
The conditions at Bristol’s County Ground have been conducive to batters, with some assistance for pacers. In the most recent match at the venue, the visiting Hampshire unit charted 178 and won the same encounter by nine runs.
Out of the six games this season, teams batting first have won twice, while the chasers have also won twice. But unfortunately, two of the games ended up with no results due to unfavourable weather conditions.
The two teams have faced each other 17 times across the English T20 competition. Gloucestershire enjoys a heavy upper hand with 14 wins compared to just 3 victories by Middlesex.
However, in their previous meeting this season, the Stephen Eskinazi-led won the high-scoring encounter against Gloucestershire by 30 runs.
Gloucestershire: Miles Hammond, Chris Dent, Ollie Price, Glenn Phillips, James Bracey (wk), Jack Taylor (c), Benny Howell, Tom Smith, David Payne, Zafar Gohar, Paul van Meekeren, Josh Shaw, George Scott.
Middlesex: Stephen Eskinazi (c), Max Holden, Joe Cracknell, John Simpson (wk), Jack Davies, Luke Hollman, Chris Green, Max Harris, Tom Helm, Thilan Walallawita, Jason Behrendorff, Martin Andersson, Toby Greatwood, Toby Roland-Jones, Josh De Caires, Blake Cullen, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mark Stoneman, Eoin Morgan.
Probable Playing XI
Gloucestershire: Miles Hammond, Chris Dent, Josh Shaw, Glenn Phillips, Paul van Meekeren, James Bracey (wk), Jack Taylor (c), Benny Howell, Tom Smith, David Payne, Ollie Price.
Middlesex: Stephen Eskinazi (c), Max Holden, Joe Cracknell, John Simpson (wk), Jack Davies, Luke Hollman, Chris Green, Max Harris, Tom Helm, Thilan Walallawita, Jason Behrendorff.
CREX XI Suggestion
Wicket-Keeper: James Bracey
Batters: Chris Dent (c), John Simpson, Miles Hammond, Joe Cracknell, Max Holden
All-Rounders: Chris Green, Jack Taylor,
Bowlers: Jason Behrendorff (vc), Tom Helm, Thilan Walallawita
Captain: Chris Dent
Vice-Captain: Jason Behrendorff