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T20 BLAST : MIDDLESEX VS KENT SPITFIRES – FANTASY PREVIEW

South Group teams Middlesex and Kent Spitfires faces each other in Natwest T20 Blast match on Thursday evening. The home team for this game, Middlesex has won only one match out of four encounters. The visitors Kent Spitfires has 2 win and 2 loss so far. The match between Middlesex vs Kent Spitfires schedule to start at 5:30 PM Local | 10 PM IST on Thursday, 2017.

 

MIDDLESEX :

Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum captaining Middlesex side in this tournament. Middlesex started the tournament with a tied match against Gloucestershire. In a second match, Middlesex defeated Surrey by 1 wicket. Since that, Middlesex has lost two matches in a row. First loss was against Hampshire by 29 runs and lost to Somerset by 21 runs in the last game. The match against Kent will be Middlesex’s third home game in the season. They are in hurry to register a win to improve their position in the points table. Middlesex has strong batting and bowling units, but results were not in their favors.

The power-hitting all rounder from Ireland Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan, captain Brendon McCullum and England’s T20 captain Eoin Morgan fulfills the top four of Middlesex’s batting order. Stirling struggled to score runs in first 3 matches, finally found some form and came with handy 39 runs against Somerset on Sunday. He used to bowl at crucial situation and he has capabilities to pick wickets. Dawid Malan scored 36 and 41 runs respectively in first two matches, but he dismissed for just 3 and 7 runs in last two innings. He may come back to scoring runs in this game. Brendon McCullum the well experienced player in T20 cricket, yet to fire in the competition. He scored only 29 runs in last 3 innings. His experiences will come into equation and he may go for big knock on Thursday night. Of course, he is a key player in form of the game. Eoin Morgan also yet to play match winnings knock for Middlesex. He managed to score 31, 23 and 33 in last 3 matches, but those were not enough for his standards. Hopefully, he will come with better knock against Kent.

Middlesex’s middle order has James Franklin, John Simpson (wicket keeper) and Ryan Higgins to score runs quickly and finish the job for the team. The experienced all rounder James Franklin will play a key role in this game. He is yet to score half-century in an innings this year, but picked 3 for 19 against Hampshire. Wicket keeper Simpson played useful knocks in last two innings and scored 37 and 27 runs respectively. Ryan Higgins impressed with scores 68* against Gloucestershire and 35* against Somerset. He is performing well at this stage of the tournament, chances for him to promote up in the batting order. New Zealand’s premier bowler Tim Southee plays for Middlesex and picked 6 wickets in 4 innings. He remained wicketless against Hampshire, except that day Southee has picked 2 wickets each in rest of three games. The experienced English bowler Steven Finn has claimed 3 wickets in two matches, but conceded two many runs. He may make a way for Tom Helm. Toby Roland-Jones was released from England’s test squad and he played for Middlesex in last 3 matches. He picked 6 wickets, but gone expensive in all of those matches. His wicket taking ability makes him as a key player. Nathan Sowter also goes expensive, but picking wickets in each game.

 

KENT SPITFIRES :

Kent now has 2 wins and 2 losses each in the tournament. They lost both matches to the same opponent Gloucestershire. In other two matches, Kent defeated Essex and Surrey successfully. Kent started the season with 7 wickets victory against Essex and lost a match to Gloucestershire by 6 wickets in the second fixture. In the match against Surrey, they chased down the target of 200+ successfully. But lost an another match by 8 runs to Gloucestershire on Tuesday night. Sam Northeast led-side looks forward to be back in winning ways.

The openers Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joe Denly provides a good start and scores runs for the team. Bell-Drummond smashed two half-centuries in four innings and Spitfires won both of those games. He is a key player in the top of the order and expects another good innings from him on Thursday. Joe Denly led the team to victory with a stunning century against Surrey last week. He also contributed in other matches as well. He is a must pick player for this game against Middlesex. Captain Northeast and wicket keeper Sam Billings are struggling to score runs. Both of them managed to score 30+ runs once in those four innings, but yet to play big knocks for the team. Sam Billings plays lot of T20 leagues around the world these days and those experiences would mould him to score runs on Thursday. New Zealand all rounder James Neesham started the season with three wickets haul and also picked 2 wickets on Tuesday night. But, he bowls expensive spells and also failed to score runs. He is a big match player and he probably would come with all round performances in this game. Once he finds an form with bat, he will give you plenty of fantasy points.

Alex Blake keeps his place in the XI, but yet to impress with runs. He might get an another go on Thursday. The 41-years old Darren Stevens struggles with both bat and bowl. His poor form may continue in this game too. It may be a risk in taking him in Fantasy teams. Pace bowler Matt Coles has picked only a wicket in four innings. He bowls some controlled spells, but fails in taking wickets. James Tredwell bowled so well in first two matches, but gone expensive and wicket less in last two innings. Tredwell is well experienced off-spinner, he would come back strong and helps his team by taking wickets on Thursday. Mitchell Claydon finally came with good spell of 2 for 24 in 3 overs. He may carry his form in the match against Middlesex. Imran Qayyum just made his T20 debut last week and impressed straightaway with two good spells. He claimed 1 for 24 and 2 for 19 in those matches against Gloucestershire. The left arm spinner will keep his place safe and may bowl another good spell of bowling on Thursday.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

MIDDLESEX :

  • Brendon McCullum
  • Eoin Morgan
  • Paul Stirling
  • James Franklin
  • Dawid Malan
  • Tim Southee
  • Ryan Higgins
  • Toby Roland-Jones

 

KENT SPITFIRES :

  • Joe Denly
  • Daniel Bell-Drummond
  • Sam Billings
  • James Neesham
  • Matt Coles
  • Adam Milne
  • James Tredwell
  • Imran Qayyum

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

MIDDLESEX :

1. Dawid Malan, 2. Paul Stirling, 3. Brendon McCullum, 4. Eoin Morgan, 5. James Franklin, 6. Ryan Higgins, 7. John Simpson, 8. Tim Southee, 9. Toby Roland-Jones, 10. Tom Helm / Steven Finn, 11. Nathan Sowter.

 

KENT SPITFIRES :

1. Daniel Bell-Drummond, 2. Joe Denly, 3. Sam Northeast, 4. Sam Billings, 5. James Neesham, 6. Alex Blake, 7. Darren Stevens, 8. Matt Coles, 9. Adam Milne / Mitchell Claydon, 10. James Tredwell, 11. Imran Qayyum.

 

Play Well!! Best Wishes to All!!

 

 

 

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