The Final of the Bob Willis Trophy 2020 is all set to be played between Somerset and Essex at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, London.
This match is scheduled to start at 10:30 AM Local Time (3:00 PM IST).
Unlike every season, the final of the County cricket will be played in a five-day game format for the very first time this year. As we know, the County Championship is won by team finishes at the top of the Division One table, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no time to go with the normal format of the championship. So, here we will have a kind of county final which neither of the team experienced before.
Lord’s Cricket Ground is all set to host the first-ever five-day final of the County Championship between Somerset and Essex. Both the teams are one of the best teams in the domestic circuit. Not only this year but also last year when both of them played their last game against each other to win the title. However, the game finished with a rain-interrupted draw and Essex finished the season with their second silverware in 3 years. This year it is no different as both the teams topped their respective groups with four wins in five games and are all set to play an exciting encounter starting from Wednesday, September 23rd.
The weather at Lord’s Cricket Ground doesn’t look promising in the first two days of the game. There is a 70% chance of rain during Day 1. Otherwise, it will be mostly sunny from the third day of the final match.
The pitch at Lord’s Cricket Ground always favours the bowlers in the first two days. Looking at the conditions, bowling first will favour any team on day one. It will become better for the batsman in the next four days of play.
Injury and Availability News:
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Probable Playing XIs:
Eddie Byrom, Tom Lammonby, Tom Abell (C), Ben Green, George Bartlett, Steven Davies (WK), Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Jack Brooks, Jack Leach.
Bench: Dom Bess and Roelof van der Merwe.
Alastair Cook, Paul Walter, Tom Westley (C), Dan Lawrence, Feroze Khushi, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater (WK), Simon Harmer, Aaron Beard, Sam Cook, Jamie Porter.
Bench: Ben Allison and Nick Brownie.
Top Picks for SOM vs ESS:
Alastair Cook is the only centurion from Essex this season and is the highest scorer for them (360). He is the only one who has immense experience in five-day games.
Simon Harmer took 34 wickets in the tournament which is more than anyone. He has also bowled 66 maidens which define his ability to make opposition’s batsmen under pressure. He finished with a match-winning figure of 8/64 against Surrey and will play a crucial role in the final as well.
Craig Overton has 28 wickets at an excellent average of 10.71 which includes his best match figures of 9/51 against Gloucestershire. He is a handy batsman in the tails who can add valuable runs in the end.
Tom Lammonby played his first-ever First-Class Season and had scored two centuries already for Somerset. He scored 107 in his last outing against Worcestershire before two weeks.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Craig Overton, Simon Harmer, Tom Abell
Vice-Captain Options – Tom Lammonby, Alastair Cook, Aaron Beard
Suggested Playing XI No.1 of SOM vs ESS for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Steven Davies
Batters – Alastair Cook (VC), Tom Abell, Ben Green, Eddie Byrom
All-Rounders – Simon Harmer (C), Lewis Gregory, Tom Lammonby
Bowlers – Sam Cook, Jamie Porter, Craig Overton
Suggested Playing XI No.2 of SOM vs ESS for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Adam Wheater
Batters – Alastair Cook, Tom Abell, Eddie Byrom
All-Rounders – Paul Walter, Dan Lawrence, Simon Harmer, Tom Lammonby (VC)
Bowlers – Craig Overton (C), Aaron Beard, Sam Cook
Aaron Beard took 4/21 in his last outing against Middlesex and Tom Abell is the leading run-scorer for Somerset this season. Both of them are advisable to pick in your XIs.
Somerset’s seamers have taken 96 wickets in this tournament at 12.66 per wicket.
Somerset are expected to win this match.
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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.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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