In the 40th match of the Vitality Blast 2023, Hampshire faces Essex after losing to Surrey handily. On June 2, a match between the two teams will take place at the County Cricket Ground in Chelmsford. It is slated to begin at 11:30 p.m. IST. We will discuss about key elements deciding the winner of the match of Essex vs Hampshire
Hampshire VS Essex likelihood of winning
On May 30, Essex played their inaugural game and defeated Gloucestershire to get their first victory. They beat Sussex easily by a score of 25 runs as a result. Hampshire, on the other hand, had a rough start to the season, suffering two losses in their first three games and slipping to the bottom of the South Group. Due to the potential for further complicating matters for the reigning champions, we think Essex should be considered the game’s slight favorite going into it.
Toss and Pitch Report
Four times in the six games played at the County Cricket Ground in Chelmsford, the team batting first has come out on top. Therefore, it wouldn’t be surprising if the toss winner chose to bat first.On this pitch, the early innings are more advantageous for pacers. The middle overs will undoubtedly favor the spinners. Overall, this pitch is favorable to hitters.
We anticipate a fantastic day of cricket at Chelmsford and anticipate that the entire game will be played because the likelihood of any disruption is quite low. The weather are ideal for a game of cricket, with the game’s maximum temperature forecast to be around 18C and the minimum expected to be 8C.
Head To Head Match (Essex vs Hampshire)
Essex has played five games, winning two and losing two.
Hampshire has competed in five games, winning two and losing two.
Probable Playing 11 in Essex Vs Hampshire
Michael-Kyle Pepper, William Buttleman, Dan Lawrence, Feroze Khushi, Daniel Sams, Matt Critchley, Simon Harmer, Paul Walter, Ben Allison, Jamie Porter, Aron Nijjar
Ben McDermott, James Vince, Joe Weatherley, Tom Prest, Benny Howell, Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Keith Barker, Mason Crane, Mohammad Abbas, Jack Campbell
Our prediction Favorites to triumph: Essex
Against Surrey, Hampshire faltered to yet another loss. At the Rose Bowl venue, it was a momentous night as James Vince eclipsed Luke Wright to take the top spot among T20 Blast run scorers. His unbeaten 88 helped Hampshire post a decent 156, but Will Jacks’ unbeaten 83 enabled Surrey defeat Hampshire by six wickets, ruining his historic night. Even though the competition has only just begun, Hampshire has already suffered two losses in its first three games. Another loss might make things very difficult for the current champions.
At the County Cricket Ground, Essex defeated Gloucestershire to win their first game by a margin of three wickets after successfully chasing down 195. Feroze Khushi’s 55 helped them score 163 against Sussex in the second game of the campaign. In response, Sussex could only produce 138 as they suffered a 25 run defeat thanks to Simon Harmer’s hat-trick. When these two teams faced off at the County Cricket Ground the previous year, Essex put the pressure on and managed to chase down 150 in 13.5 overs, ultimately winning by eight wickets. Given this, it is highly unexpected that the oddsmakers have given Essex and Hampshire the same odds considering the disparity in their results. We think the smart money will be on Essex for this clash and they will walk away with the points.