English Domestic Cricket – ESS vs KEN – 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket Tips

Bob Willis Trophy, 2020 – South Group, Essex vs Kent: 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Darren Stevens scored close to 600 runs and claimed 52 wickets in 12 matches during the 2019 County season.

Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook. (Photo by Nick Wood/Getty Images)

Match Details:

The South Group match in Bob Willis Trophy, 2020 will be played between Essex and Kent at the County Ground in Chelmsford.

The match starts at 11:00 AM local time (3:30 PM IST) (10:00 AM GMT).

This game will be streamed live on the YouTube channel of the Essex County Club.


The champions of the 2019 County Championship, Essex, will begin their campaign in the Bob Willis Trophy on Saturday when they host Kent. Essex will be hoping to replicate their previous season’s success where they seemed unbeatable at the County Ground in Chelmsford. The visiting Kent side will be led by Daniel Bell-Drummond who has got a relatively younger side compared to that of Essex. The home team are boosted with the presence of Sir Alastair Cook, Simon Harmer and Ryan ten Doeschate.

Weather Condition/Report:

The weather in Chelmsford is expected to be clam without any major interruptions. However, there could be showers on Monday afternoon i.e. 3rd day of the match.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The County Ground in Chelmsford is a proper mixture of assistance for both pacers and spinners. The pace bowlers and batsmen will be seen dominating the first two days before the spinner take charge for the last two days at this venue.

Injury and Availability News:

Dan Lawrence is part of the reserves list for the Test series against Pakistan.

Probable Playing XIs:


Nick Browne, Sir Alastair Cook, Tom Westley (C), Varun Chopra, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater (WK), Simon Harmer, Matt Quinn, Aaron Beard/Aron Nijjar, Jamie Porter, Sam Cook.

Bench – Feroze Khushi, Ben Allison, Aaron Beard/Aron Nijjar.


Daniel Bell-Drummond (C), Heino Kuhn, Jordan Cox, Jack Leaning, Ollie Robinson (WK), Darren Stevens, Grant Stewart, Matt Milnes, Harry Podmore, Hamidullah Qadri, Tim Groenewald.

Bench – Marcus O’Riordan, Ivan Thomas.

Top Picks:

Darren Stevens scored close to 600 runs with help of double century and claimed 52 wickets at an average of 17 in the 12 matches during the 2019 County Championship.

Jamie Porter has had 48 wickets to his name in the County Championship last year and picked up a 4-wicket haul during the warm-up game also against Kent.

Sam Cook bagged as many as 32 wickets in nine games during the 2019 County season with help of three hauls of five or more wickets.

Harry Podmore claimed 52 wickets in 14 county matches in 2019 season and was also a handy batter with the help of an unbeaten fifty.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain options – Darren Stevens, Simon Harmer, Ollie Robinson

Vice-Captain options – Ryan ten Doeschate, Tom Westley, Matt Milnes

Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Ollie Robinson

Batsmen – Sir Alastair Cook, Ryan ten Doeschate, Daniel Bell-Drummond

All-RoundersDarren Stevens (C), Simon Harmer, Tom Westley (VC)

Bowlers – Matt Quinn, Matt Milnes, Harry Podmore, Jamie Porter

12th Man – Adam Wheater


Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Ollie Robinson

Batsmen – Sir Alastair Cook, Ryan ten Doeschate, Heino Kuhn, Varun Chopra

All-Rounders – Darren Stevens, Simon Harmer (C), Grant Stewart

BowlersMatt Milnes (VC), Tim Groenewald, Sam Cook

12th Man – Adam Wheater


Expert Advice:

Essex announced a 14-man squad for the opening fixture while Kent has 13 players in their touring party. No player outside these 27 players is expected to be part of the match starting on Saturday even in the case of late injury concerns.

Probable Winners:

Essex will start as favourites due to the advantage of playing at home.

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Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.