DER vs ESS Dream11 : Concluding day in the league revels us in a finely contested second semi-final as two equally balanced sides face off
We can’t fault the level at which the 2019 edition of the Blast has engrossed us. Over the course of the last two months, there has been no dearth of action filled cricket in the premier league with 18 participating sides leaving no stone unturned to dwell out their best cricket to entertain us with some intriguing and tantalising fixtures.
And as we get ready to move onto the business end of the league with the culminating day beckoning us, Derbyshire Falcons and Essex Eagles get ready to step out to the middle for what will be the last time ever in this edition of the league for one side. The two sides are paired together in the second semi-final of the league, a match which promises to be a closely fought and tightly contested entity given the way the league has transpired for both these units.
For both of our opponents today, the journey up till here has been akin in nature. The two each ended with a respective 15 points in their groups before dominating their quarter-final ties with their batting and bowling units intertwining their skill set to deliver two sublime displays. Essex Eagles prevailed with relative ease in their run chase of 160 infront of Lancashire Lightning, a score which never perturbed them to the slightest in the first quarter-final of the league.
Elsewhere, for Derbyshire Falcons, the bowling order stepped up yet again to make things as easy as they get for the side. Halting Gloucestershire at just 135, the batting order needed no invite to peel off the target with consummate success, seeing the side win with 7 wickets and 17 balls to spare to canter their way into today’s slated match.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
Despite this being the second match to be contested on the day on this surface, the track should remain intact and retain its batting friendly properties, subjecting us to a high scoring encounter. With this being a contest being played out in the night, the conditions are only set to improve for batting further, seeing the side winning the toss, opting to field first on this surface and get an idea of how they need to craft out their run chase.
Probable Playing 11
Luis Reece, Billy Godleman (C), Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Alex Hughes, Matthew Critchley, Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Daryn Smit (WK), Logan van Beek, Anuj Dal, Ravi Rampaul
Tom Westley, Cameron Delport, Adam Weather (WK), Daniel Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate, Ravi Bopara, Paul Walter, Simon Harmer (C), Aaron Beard, James Porter, Adam Zampa
DER vs ESS Match Prediction
This match is set to be a cliff-hanger, one that gets as close as they come with extremely little margins deciding which way this encounter swings. What ultimately favours Derbyshire Falcons today is the strength in their bowling unit, something which plays a big factor on this wicket with each run saved being worth gold.
Derbyshire Falcons should just about manage to scramble together a win in their favour and move onto the ensuing final.
Vitality Blast 2019
Match: Derbyshire Falcons Vs Essex Eagles Semi-Final 2
Date And Time: 21st September, Saturday- 7:00pm IST
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Where To Watch: FanCode
- Luis Reece, Billy Godleman, Alex Hughes, Matthew Critchley
- Tom Westley, Cameron Delport, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Zampa
Top 4 Batting Order
- Luis Reece, Billy Godleman, Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy
- Tom Westley, Cameron Delport, Adam Weather, Daniel Lawrence
- Luis Reece, Billy Godleman
- Tom Westley, Cameron Delport
Death Overs Bowlers
- Logan van Beek, Ravi Rampaul
- Aaron Beard, James Porter
DER vs ESS Dream11 Wicket-Keeper
We are getting in Essex Eagles’ wicket-keeper, Adam Wheater into this slot. He’s not had the best of displays with the bat in the bygone few matches but he is the only viable option for this encounter given Smit comes in way too down in the batting order. Wheater is more than adept at playing out a good knock and if he can regain his touch today, a good score from his bat is all too likely.
DER vs ESS Dream11 Batsmen
We continue with the selections from Essex Eagles, getting in the partnership of Cameron Delport and Dan Lawrence into our playing 11 for the day. Delport got 44 runs in 30 balls in the opening slot for his side in the previous clash, a knock which provided just the impetuous his side needed to get past the finishing line with incredible ease, making him someone we were always going to indulge in.
On the other hand, we have Derbyshire Falcon’s opener and captain, Billy Godleman come into our side from the team with the player being someone who can utilise the powerplay overs to full effect given his extensive range of shots.
DER vs ESS Dream11 All-Rounders
Time for us to finally compensate our side with the batting picks from Derbyshire Falcons with us roping in an entire trio of myriad performers from the side. We begin with the selection of opener Luis Reece, a player who has emerged as one of most complete performers from the side this edition of the league.
Whilst he’s kept getting out runs at an incredible rate in the opening slot, Reece has always been willing to keep contributing with the ball as well to see him come into our side without any hesitation. His 2-21 with the ball in the quarter-final see us go in with Matt Critchley as well along with Alex Hughes, both names who will get four overs with the ball and some time out with the bat as well.
We have only picked out the one player form Essex Eagles over here in the form of Ryan ten Doeschate. Although it looks extremely unlikely that he’s going to be coming out to bowl today, his batting is more than enough to warrant him a spot in our side. He scored 45 match winning runs for his side in the last match and looks set to emulate the same riveting display today as well.
DER vs ESS Dream11 Bowling Order
Adam Zampa has had a mixed run of form with the legspinner impressing at times with his guile and trickery and being taken apart on different occasions However, a spinner who moves the ball away from the right handers is something we yearn for in a T20 match, making Zampa our first pick here.
Essex Eagles’ second spinner, Simon Harmer comes into our side as well while from the other side we have selected Fynn Hudson-Prentice after his two wickets the last time around.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Reece is being selected as our side’s captain for this match while Delport is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.