Bob Willis Trophy, 2020 – South Group, Surrey vs Middlesex: 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
Rikki Clarke scored 662 runs at an average of 33 and also claimed 43 wickets during the 2019 County season.
Published - Aug 1, 2020 11:34 am | Updated - Aug 1, 2020 11:34 am
The South Group match in Bob Willis Trophy, 2020 will be played between Surrey and Middlesex at the Kennington Oval in London.
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 Yorkshire County Club.
Surrey and Middlesex will clash off at The Oval as part of the Bob Willis Trophy game starting on Saturday. This tournament will provide an opportunity for Middlesex to face some top teams as they are placed in South Group. They will be facing Essex, Kent and Hampshire in the league phase who finished in the top four of Division One during the 2019 season. Middlesex was in the bottom half of Division two while Surrey turned up with mediocre performances in Division One during the previous season.
The Oval is expected to witness slightly lower temperatures and partial clouds during all four days of this match.
The Kennington Oval in London is quite an unpredictable venue when it comes to County Cricket. The track here favours seamers on certain occasions and remains dry for few matches where spinners lead the charge. The practice match hosted by this venue earlier this week was played a slower track.
Injury and Availability News:
Surrey announced their playing XI for this match.
Probable Playing XIs:
Mark Stoneman, Ryan Patel, Scott Borthwick, Will Jacks, Jamie Smith (WK), Jordan Clark, Rikki Clarke (C), Matt Dunn, Daniel Moriarty, James Taylor, Amar Virdi.
Sam Robson, Martin Andersson, Nick Gubbins, Stephen Eskinazi (C), Tom Lace, John Simpson (WK), James Harris, Miguel Cummins, Tim Murtagh, Toby Roland-Jones, Nathan Sowter.
Bench – Tom Helm, Max Holden, Thilan Walallawita.
Rikki Clarke scored 662 runs at an average of 33 and also claimed 43 wickets during the previous edition of County Championship.
Sam Robson was quite decent in the previous County season where he scored 858 runs with help of two centuries and four fifties.
John Simpson scored 773 runs for Middlesex in the last year’s county championship and also claimed 35 catches behind the wickets.
Amar Virdi was impressive with the ball during the 2019 County season where he bagged 23 from only five games with help of two 5-wicket hauls.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain options – Rikki Clarke, Sam Robson, John Simpson
Vice-Captain options – Scott Borthwick, Amar Virdi, Toby Roland-Jones
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – John Simpson (VC)
Batsmen – Mark Stoneman, Nick Gubbins, Stephen Eskinazi, Will Jacks
All-Rounders – Toby Roland-Jones, Scott Borthwick, Rikki Clarke (C)
Bowlers – Tim Murtagh, Amar Virdi, Nathan Sowter
12th Man – Jordan Clark
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – John Simpson
Batsmen – Sam Robson (C), Tom Lace, Will Jacks
All-Rounders – Jordan Clark, Scott Borthwick, Rikki Clarke
Bowlers – Tim Murtagh, Amar Virdi (VC), Miguel Cummins, Matt Dunn
12th Man – Toby Roland-Jones
Middlesex has announced a 14-man squad for their opening fixture against Surrey. All the 14 players seem to be good enough for making it to the playing XI. Middlesex’s squad has a number of bowling options which makes their playing XI uncertain.
Surrey could have an edge over Middlesex at The Oval due to an all-round bowling attack.