Surrey vs Essex, NatWest T20 Blast 2014 – Betting Tips and Predictions

The competition is just getting warmed up, with the return of some of the players who were serving the national team against the Sri Lankans, in the shorter version of the series, and hence the domestic tournament is picking up its momentum. Surrey and Essex are fighting it out at Kennington Oval on 6th June, having 4 points each from 3 matches. While Surrey looks quite formidable with its outstanding performance against Middlesex, the Essex team is not well equipped to handle crunch situations when the pressure gets built up.

Surrey

Hashim Amla is in good form and he is able to lay a solid foundation for the opening stand with Roy, with the top order contributing substantially for the success of the team. Amla has the capacity to remain in the wicket, clearing the fence aerially quite often to increase the run rate at will and frustrate the opposition; they made a mince of Middlesex surpassing the target of 117 with loss of only 4 wickets with 8 balls to spare. Dernbach, though not economical and Curran who is very efficient and too greedy to give away runs, shared two wickets each, with Azhar Mahmood, O’Brien and Batty lending good support with one wicket apiece. They have the depth in batting and effective bowlers who can bowl economical spells with good support from the fielders. O’Brien and Azhar Mahmood have good potential as all-rounders and have the ability to hold the fort and build the innings together; Wilson, Davies and Roy are developing as good batsmen fitting well in the top order to challenge other teams in the competition. With 4 points from 3 matches, the tournament is a long way to go and the team will certainly overtake the other teams in the points table.

Essex

The top order is not consistent and the middle order is not able to maintain momentum, even with wickets in hand. Their performance against Hampshire was not as expected, as the team had 5 wickets in hand but could not increase the scoring rate and ended up with only 145 on board, which the formidable Hampshire overtook with loss of only 2 wickets, and 16 balls to spare. Except for Foakes, Pettini and Foster, they have no reliable batsmen who can sustain hostile attack to build a comfortable position and post a challenging score. In the bowling department, except for Salisbury, other bowlers like Ryder, Topley and Phillips are not effective and are unable to contain the batsmen in full control of the proceedings in the middle. The fielding needs lot of improvement if the side wants to make the opposition earn every run they add to the total; they lack teeth in their bowling to create a dent in the opposition.

Our Prediction

With Surrey team well equipped in all departments and possessing the capacity to create embarrassment in the opposition ranks, and Essex lacking talent and the will power, Surrey is more likely to dominate the match and win the game.

Winner: Surrey, 1.80 @ Bet365