It is the 57th game in the T20 Blast 2023, and Kent Spitfires will take on the Essex Eagles at home in a must-win game. The Kent Spitfires went down against Surrey in the last game, and they need to bounce back. The Essex Eagles come here with a win against the Sussex Sharks and will feel confident.
Kent Spitfires have lost the last four games the side has played, putting them under pressure in this contest. Their bowling attack has fared poorly, and it will worry the side. The Eagles shall like to use the momentum and improve their position on the points table. The stakes are high for Spitfires, and we expect them to put up a good fight.
It is the last chance for Sam Billings' side to keep its hopes alive for a berth in the knockout stages. The side has lost the last four games in a row and come into this game with a 5-wicket defeat against Surrey. Their bowlers have had a lean season so far, and they will have to execute their plans well to bounce back and regain their confidence.
Tawanda Muyeye and Daniel Bell-Drummond must deliver a good start as they face a strong bowling attack in this game. In the middle order, the side has experienced players, and they will look for runs from Billings, Joe Denly, and Jordan Cox. Jack Leaning and Geroge Linde can hit the ball, and they will look to score quick runs in this game.
On the bowling front, the side needs good spells from Geroge Linde and Michael Hogan. Kane Richardson hasn't delivered the goods and has an important role as the team's most experienced bowler. They will also expect good spells from Grant Steward and Denly as they take on a strong batting line-up.
Kent Predicted Playing XI:
Sam Billings (c & wk), Tawanda Muyeye, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Joe Denly, Jordan Cox, Jack Leaning, George Linde, Joey Evison, Grant Stewart, Kane Richardson, Michael Hogan
Kent Actual Playing XI:
Michael Hogan, George Linde, Grant Stewart, Kane Richardson, Joe Denly, Tawanda Muyeye, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sam Billings, Jordan Cox, Fred Klaassen, Jack Leaning
Simon Harmer's side registered its third win of the season in the last game, breaking their two-match losing spree. They defeated Sussex Sharks by 5 wickets and sit in the 6th position of the points table. Harmer will expect a good show from his players in this contest and move up on the points table.
They will need a good start from Daniel Lawrence and Adam Rossington, and the pair will look to put up a big stand. Michael-Kyle Pepper played well in the last two games and must anchor the middle order with Paul Walter and Robi Das. They have depth in the batting and shall expect runs from Matthew Critchley, Daniel Sams, and Harmer.
Daniel Sams is in good form with the ball and will look for early breakthroughs, sharing the new ball with Sam Cook. Shane Snater and Harmer will have to bowl well in the middle overs. In this contest, they will also look for a good show from Matthew Critchley and Ben Allison.
Essex Predicted Playing XI:
Simon Harmer (c), Adam Rossington (wk), Robin Das, Michael-Kyle Pepper, Matthew Critchley, Paul Walter, Daniel Lawrence, Daniel Sams, Shane Snater, Ben Allison, Sam Cook
Essex Actual Playing XI:
Matt Critchley, Paul Walter, Robin Das, Dan Lawrence, Feroze Khushi, Daniel Sams, William Buttleman, Samuel Cook, Simon Harmer, Michael Pepper, Shane Snater
The skies over Canterbury will be clear on June 7, and we expect the batting conditions to be challenging in this game. The ball will move around in the early overs, and the batsmen must be careful playing their strokes. The side batting first shall be happy to have 170 runs on the board.
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, has been a paradise for batsmen, and we have seen them score lots of runs in the past. The surface has bounce and pace, making it a good hunting ground for fast bowlers. Spinners have struggled here as the small size of the ground makes it difficult for them to attack.
Toss: To Bowl
We have seen a challenging batting surface in the three games played here. Run scoring has been difficult at the start of the game. The toss would be tricky for both sides, and we expect them to take a cue from the results and opt to bowl first.
Kent Spitfires have struggled so far, and there will be immense pressure on the side to win this game and keep hopes alive for a Top 4 finish in the group. Their bowling attack has been ordinary, and the side needs a good show from its bowlers. The Essex Eagles have momentum on their side. It will make them favorites in this game.
Essex Eagles to win
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