The county championship so far

Hampshire have been setting the early season pace with 81 points in 5 games. Somerset close behind them with a game in hand on 74 points. I believe that it will be a close race between these two teams Somerset are playing Surrey at the moment and if they win that will go first. A bottom of the table clash is going on between Warickshire on 31 points and Nottinghnam on 23 points. Notts are currently 116-1 and they need 178 runs to get to safety. If Notts lose this then it will be a big setback. There’s 3 batsmen who are putting there hand up for England with some very good early season form. Gary Ballance, Dominic Sibley and George Bartlett. Ballance with 4 hundreds already this season has already been picked for England before. The question is will England go back to him after failing before. Unfortunatley he may be rememberd as a county bully. Dominic Sibley has been in good form being very consistent with 2 hundreds and a fifty. His strike rate of 37.60 may detour England from selecting him. Especially With England’s modern way. Finally one for the future Bartlett. His two hundreds coming against attacks with Broad and Morkel. Furthermore last year he scored a hundred at old trafford against Jimmy Anderson. If England are picking on character I feel they need to get him into there plans. I’m not saying that they should nessecelary pick him for the ashes but get him into a lions team. now for some stand out bowlers so far Lewis Gregory, Jack Leach and Craig Overton. Lets start with Gregory his wickets and runs have gone a long way to making somerset at the right end of the championship. I believe he should be in the England team ahead of Sam Curran. In addition to his bowling he provides quick runs for example against Notts he took on Stuart Broad hitting Broad for two sixes and getting a 50. Furthermore he can play a proper innings hitting a match altering 100 vs surreys attack. Jack Leach he has only played 4 games but when he has played he has contributed and one the game against notts. His 6-36 on a good pitch showed why he should be Englands only spinner in the ashes. I really do not not know why he did not play in the west Indies. Craig Overton for me he should be in the England team ahead of Stuart Broad. His 18 wickets coming at under 19. The last time he played for England he did well and now I feel he could do it again vs Australia. I believe that somerset will win the championship and Notts will go down.

Preview of South Africa Vs India WC

South Africa take on India today at the Ageas bowl. South Africa have lost there first two games to England and Bangladesh. For India this is there first game at the world cup and they will be hoping for a good start. 

Lets have a look at the batsman. India have Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, rahul, Shankar and MS Dhoni. South Africa and there top 6 consists of De kock, Markram , Du Plessis, Miller, Van der Dussen, and Phelukwayo. The batting line up of India are far better then South Africa with the Africans laking some firepower. 

The all rounders India have Pandya and Jadeja and South Africa have Phelukwayo and Morris. Both teams have good all rounders but the the South Africans are more bowling all rounders however Indias are better at both fassets. 

The bowlers ,India have Shami, Bumrah, Kumar, Chahal and jadeja with Pandya chipping in.The South Africans consists of Ngidi, Rabada, Morris ,Tahir and Phelukwayo. Both have good line ups but again India take it. With Bumrah the best bowler in the world and Chalal one of the best in the middle. 

I feel that India will win as they are all round stronger than South Africa.

 

 

 

England vs Pakistan

Today on the 3rd June England take on Pakistan at Trent Bridge. Pakistan lost their first game in a disappointing manner bowled out for a 100 off against the Windies. England, however, had a solid all-round win against South Africa.

Let’s compare the Batsmen first.

Pakistan has a top 6 of Imam al Hag, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Harris Sohail, Sarfaraz Khan and the veteran Mohammed Hafeez. In comparison, England’s top 6 consists of Roy, Bairstow, Root, Morgan, Stokes and the wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Butler. Now both of these teams are capable of putting 350 on the board with people like Fakhar and Roy in their team. However, England’s top 6 is completely destroying teams a lot more.

Pakistan’s all-rounders consist of Wasim and Shadab when in comparison Englands consist of Stokes, Woakes, and Moen. Pakistan’s all-rounders are barely match winners with the bat just the ball, however, Englands all-rounders could win it with either.

Now onto the bowlers Pakistanis bowlers are Amir, Hassan, Wasim, Shadab, and Wasim. England’s attack consists of Woakes, Archer, Moen, Rashid, Stokes and Plunkett. The middle overs bowling I feel will be the same however Archer and Woakes up front could win the game in there home conditions.

I’m going for England to win by 100 runs.

South Africa vs England

Today South Africa take on the hosts ( and many would say the favourites) in the first game of the cricket world cup 2019. The game takes place at the oval and starts at 10:30.

Let’s have a look at the batting of the teams.

England bat all the way down but they have a settled and destructive top 6 of Roy, Bairstow, Root, Morgan, Stokes and Butler. In comparison, South Africa’s top 6 is Amla, De Kock, Markram, Faf du Plessis, Jp Duminy and David Miller. Both powerful and capable top 3’s. In my opinion, Englands holds more firepower. If AB Devilliers didn’t retire it may have been a different story. England’s top order takes this won.

Now the all-rounders England’s are Stokes, Woakes, Moen and as seen against the Afghans root is handy with the ball. Furthermore, Curran and Archer are no mugs with the bat. South Africa’s all-rounders are Andile Phehlukwayo and Chris Morris. Both bowling all-rounders which I feel gives England the edge when it comes to All rounders.

Lastly the bowlers. England’s attack contains Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, Moen, Rashid and stokes with Root if needed. To compare that against South Africa’s with Kagiso Rabada, Ngidi, Steyn Morris, Phehlukwayo and Imran Tahir. To me, South Africa’s pace bowlers are better than Englands with Rabada and Ngidi two of the best young bowlers in the world. To add to that you have Dale Steyn with all his experience. However, Moen and Rashid overpower Tahir in the middle overs. So in this one, it’s all equal.

I believe England will bowl first putting South Africa in. They will get around 300 with a hundred from Amla and contributions from De Kock and Miller. Archer taking the main wickets but being backed up by Rashid. Bairstow and Roy will set a platform in return but Morgan will win the game with a hundred.

The Royal London One Day Cup final

The one day cup final and two very good team’s. Somerset unchanged from the semis Hampshire without Markram, Vince and Dawson. Hampshire won the toss and chose to bowl.

Somerset made a great start in the first powerplay with two wickets. Donald and Alsop the wickets to fall. Donald was caught at cover for 11 and then Alsop ( who had been put down the ball before from the same man) was caught at slip from Hildreth for 16. A first powerplay and Somerset had the upper hand with Hampshire 43-2. Somerset kept up the momentum with Weatherley being bowled by Gregory for 12. Rossouw counterattacked with his 28 coming in just 17 balls in partnership with Northeast. Jamie Overton then came on and bowled Rossouw chopping on trying to cut a ball that was to straight. This left Hampshire at 96-4 in the 19th over. Northeast and the new batsman Berg rebuilt for 14 overs with a partnership of 49. But then with his return, Jamie Overton had Berg caught at deep fine leg hooking for a valiant 27 of 42. Then an inspired bowling change with Tom Abell bringing himself on to get the wicket of Northeast. The glue to the Hampshire innings was bowled for 56 of 89. This left Hampshire in real trouble at 164-6 after 37 overs. The struggle continued when two more quick wickets fell. Wood and abbot wood perishing to the impressive pace of Jamie Overton caught at deep fine leg. However, Abbot fell off the impressive medium pace from Tom Abell. Hampshire was in real trouble at 180-8 with 65 balls left. Completely under the bar. But fuller was batting well and joined by Mason Crane. Together they rallied and put together 64 in 65 balls. The partnership completely carrying them to 244-8.

At the halfway stage Somerset was the happier of the two teams. Somerset would back themselves with Hampshire 50 odd under par.

Somerset made a very good start with Azhar and Banton putting away some very bad bowling from Hampshire. They reached 112 in the 20th over before the returning Fidel Edwards dismissed both the openers. Banton the first to go with Fiedel getting him caught behind with a very good short ball. Banton’s 69 of 67 was vital and the 19-year old showed a lot of maturities. In his next over Edwards had Azhar caught chipping another short ball up in the air. Somerset now 121-2 and Azhar out for a good 45. Somerset now needed a partnership. That’s what they got the two old Somerset heads combining with a partnership of 49. Then Trego fell for a gritty 40 ball 29. Somerset still needed 74 with 7 wickets left. Abell joined Hildreth going well on 40. Abell started okay supporting Hildreth but he fall hitting a short ball to a short mid wicket for a supportive 14. Somerset so close just needing 42 runs in 87 balls with 6 wickets left. Hildreth saw Somerset home in the end with a not out 69 of 68. A convincing win from Somerset.

One day cup team of the tournament XI

1. Tom Banton (who is also keeping wicket), Tom was given a full run in this one-day tournament. He instantly paid That back to Abell with a hundred in the first game. He then failed for a few games but then he scored a match-winning hundred in the quarter-final then setting the tones in the semi and final with buccaneering ’50s. An England prospect.

2. Varun Chopra a very consistent campaign with three big one day hundreds. He was Essex’s main batsmen.

3. Steven Croft also with a very consistent campaign he Lancashire all the way to the semi-final with 516 runs at a strike rate of 95.

4. James Vince unfortunately for him he missed the final due to an England call-up. He had a fantastic campaign taking his team to the final 509 runs at the strike rate of 111. Unfortunately, I feel in the world cup he will be carrying the drinks.

5. James Hildreth he may not have had the one outstanding innings but he has been very consistent and been there when his team needed it. He scored 457 runs at an average of 6 with a match-winning 70 not out in the final.

6. Jake Lehmann only playing 4 games but he made a big impact when he did. His 191 runs at an average of 64 went along way to taking Lancashire to the quarterfinals.

7. Lewis Gregory one of two all-rounders in this team. Simply destructive with 287 runs. In addition to this, he took 10 very important wickets. Always bowling and batting in the difficult situations.

8. Liam Dawson an outstanding tournament that forced himself into the England world cups squad. He got 18 wickets at an average of 20 and 274 runs at 46.

9. Craig Overton a spectacular tournament. 12th in the batting averages with 212 runs at an average of 71. In addition to this, his main threat his bowling was also on fire with 20 wickets at an average of 20.

10. James Pattinson the middle over enforcer for this team. 11 wickets at 24 with his 90 mph pace. Sometimes on the expensive side but that’s what you get with wickets and pace.

11. Saquib Mahmood taking the new ball with Craig Overton has had a splendid tournament. 28 wickets an an average of 19 and I am surprised he hasn’t forced himself into the world cup squad. His time will come.

One day cup final preview

The one day cup final, and the last of its kind. Next year the ECB is introducing the 100 ball format at the same time as the one day cup. Consequently, the one day cup will be players not picked in the 100. This means it will be a second XI and the worse of the first XI. In addition to this its the last one at lords.

Somerset played 8 and won 5 in the group stages. Hampshire won 7 out of 8 and qualified for a home quarter and semi-final. Somerset, on the other hand, had to play there quarters and semis away. Now because Hampshire have played to at home and Somerset to away I feel Somerset may have a small advantage. This is if Hampshire are now relying on there home ground for wins.

Let’s start with the two teams batting. Hampshire have Alsop, Donald, Vince, Northeast, Markram and Rossouw as there specialist batsmen. Somerset have Banton, Azhar, Trego, Hildreth, Abell and Bartlett. Now on paper Hampshire probably have a more consistent lineup but I feel Somerset ’s is more destructive.

Also for the final Hampshire are without Vince due to England duties and Markram with South Africa.

Now the Allrounders Somerset have Gregory, Van Der Merwe and then Tom Abell bowls a bit and the Overtons can spank it. Now Hampshire without there main all-rounder Dawson (also on England duties) they have no overseas players that I am aware of. So this has to go to Somerset.

Last but not least, the bowlers. Hampshire have Crane, Edwards, Abbott, Berg and fuller. Somerset’s bowling attack is Both the overtons, Van Der Merve, Josh Davey, Lewis Gregory and Abell can bowl some overs. These bowling attacks are very close.

I feel that Somerset will win this Final. Although it will be a close game.