GLO Vs HAM Dream 11 prediction : Gloucestershire and Hampshire look to get their fourth win in the day’s opening match from South Group.
A relatively quiet day in the Vitality Blast sees only two matches take place in the marquee league but both of massive ramifications. With us well beyond the halfway mark in the league stage encounters, both the groups are starting to take shape into what looks set to be their final identity.
And two sides who’ll be looking to reshape South Group and make it into the coveted top 4 spots are today’s opponents with Gloucestershire and Hampshire still very much alive in the league. They occupy fifth and sixth place respectively, having endured almost identical campaigns with the three wins each playing them right adjacent to each other.
What separate the two sides are two crucial points though with Gloucestershire having drawn an encounter and had an extra abandoned game than their counterparts today, something which places them well within sights of a top 4 spot. Only the one point behind Somerset, they know a win today can take them to the fourth spot and put some much needed distance behind their closest competitors.
Elsewhere for Hampshire who are coming off a harrowing 63 run defeat against Somerset who ended up winning through the DLS method after run intervened, a defeat today will act as a major determent to their aspirations of making strides up the ranks. On the other hand, Gloucestershire enter this encounter with a defeat as well, losing to Middlesex by 9 runs with the DLS method coming into play once again.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
One of the trickier surfaces for batting in the league, as the league has scrimmaged by, batting over here has only gone onto become an adverse task. And with the Super League being conducted here earlier in the day as well, this surface is going to be sluggish, especially in the second innings with the spinners enjoying their time out in the middle.
The side winning the toss will definitely be looking to bat first and get anything close to 160 over here.
Probable Playing 11
Michael Klinger (C), Miles Hammond, Ian Cockbain, Benny Howell, James Bracey (WK), Ryan Higgins, Jack Taylor, Andrew Tye, Chris Liddle, Graeme van Buuren, David Payne
Aneurin Donald, Rilee Rossouw, James Vince (C), Sam Northeast, Liam Dawson, Chris Morris, James Fuller, Lewis McManus (WK), Kyle Abbott, Brad Taylor, Chris Wood
Where Gloucestershire threw the kitchen sink and more at their opponents in the previous encounter, the way Hampshire fell apart made for shambolic viewing. They unravelled in their pursuit of Somerset’s 202, finding themselves at 69-6in 12.1 overs to lose by a humongous margin.
It was an encounter which epitomised everything wrong with the side at the moment with the team showing no resolve and resilience in both the departments of the game. And playing on a wicket where batting is going to be difficult, they should end up falling to yet another defeat.
Match: Gloucestershire vs Hampshire
Date And Time: 13th August, Tuesday- 11:00pm IST
Venue: Bristol County Ground, Bristol
- Michael Klinger, Miles Hammond, Ryan Higgins, Andrew Tye
- James Vince, Liam Dawson, Kyle Abbott, Chris Wood
James Bracey from Gloucestershire is our pick from this one. He scored an extremely important innings of 32 in the previous encounter, one that came in just 22 balls to help provide the impetuous his side needed to breach the mark of 160.
We have picked up the entire top-order from Gloucestershire with the top 4 batsmen all contributing to the team’s three wins, becoming the main cause for their wins in the league. They were in pristine touch in their encounter against Middlesex as well with the opening stand putting on an extremely well made 53 run stand, one that saw captain Michael Klinger get 22 and Miles Hammond score 42 delightful runs.
Ian Cockbain follows up for us in number 3 while the lone pick from the opposition is of James Vince. The side’s captain has been the fulcrum of their batting unit, waging a long battle for the side on multiple occasions despite getting no assistance from the other end.
With him coming out to bat in the fifth position and assured of four overs with the ball, Ryan Higgins makes for excellent value. He gets more than adequate time in the middle to contribute with both the bat and ball, seeing him hold the identity of the ideal player we look to indulge in when selecting all-rounders.
And exactly akin to him is Hampshire’s Liam Dawson, someone who is merits an entry into our side as well.
Having spoken about the pitch at massive length and talked about the flabbergasting nature of the wicket for the batsmen, it was only befitting for us to rope in four bowlers into our playing 11.
Left arm pacers David Payne and right arm Andrew Tye come in from Gloucestershire as we bring in a deadly partnership from the side which is bound to storm Middlesex’s castle in this encounter. The two have bowled some neat spells in unison, causing massive problems to oppositions with the variety they bring by intertwining their right and left arm style of bowling.
With two wickets in the previous match, Kyle Abbot comes in from Hampshire alongside Chris Wood who managed to keep things under check, going for a reasonable 1-33 in an encounter his side’s bowling unit was destroyed for 202 runs.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We have chosen Hammond to be our side’s captain while Higgins will be the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the cricketing fraternity over the course of the last year, 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 who are expected to dole out the maximum points.