Essex vs Derbyshire: May 13, County Championship 2021 Prediction

Essex vs Derbyshire: May 13, County Championship 2021 Prediction
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Match: Essex vs Derbyshire

Date: 13 May 2021

Place (venue): County Ground, Chelmsford

Tournament: County Championship 2021

Format: 4-day match

Caption: Will Derbyshire tackle the challenge of Essex to lift themselves from the bottom of the table in Group A?

Key Stats:

  • Simon Harmer who has taken 21 wickets in 4 matches for Essex and is currently the 3rd-highest wicket-taker of the tournament is the player to watch out for.
  • Derbyshire’s batsman Matt Critchley has scored 483 runs from the 4 games at an average of 60.33 and is the 4th-highest run-getter of the tournament. 
  • Considering the last five matches between these two teams, Essex have a 3-0 advantage over Derbyshire, with two matches ended in a draw.

Match Preview

Essex will face Derbyshire in the second half of the tournament of the County Championship on 13 May at County Ground. This is a match between two teams at the bottom of the table in Group A and both teams need a win to carry forward their campaign in the further stages.

Essex are ranked fifth in the points table in Group A, with 49 points. So far, they have won 1 game and their 2 games have gone resultless. On the other side, Derbyshire are currently at the bottom of the table in Group A with just 40 points to their account in 4 games without a single win.

In the previous five matches between these two teams, Essex have registered a victory 3 times and they would certainly like to maintain that record against Derbyshire in this match too. Derbyshire, on the other hand, are looking for the first win of the season in this match.

Essex Preview

After the first game against Worcestershire was drawn, Essex have managed to make a good comeback against Durham in the second game. They have registered a 44-run win over Durham and opened their points account in the County Championship.

While batting first against Durham, Essex collapsed terribly on just 96 runs in the first innings. Only Dan Lawrence managed to score 32 runs from 68 balls and helped the team to reach 96. Nevertheless, the team’s bowling department demonstrated some superb performance and achieved a comfortable victory over Durham. In the first innings, Simon Harmer took a 5-wicket haul in his spell of 34 overs by giving 79 runs as well as another 5-wicket haul in the second innings for 57 runs while defending the target of 168 runs.

In their next match against Warwickshire, they were not on the mark and lost that game by 7 wickets. They managed to put 295 and 244 runs on the board in the first and the second innings respectively but failed to defend the target in the second innings. The next game against Worcestershire went resultless but Essex showed a superb batting disciple with Alastair Cook’s 115 from 263 balls and Tom Westley’s 113 from 256 balls in the first innings.

Overall, the team has delivered a good bowling performance so far this season. Simon Harmer has taken 21 wickets in just 4 matches. Now, they will try to make a big score in the first innings of the match against Derbyshire to put pressure on them with a good bowling attack later.

Top players for Essex:

Name (Batsman)MatchesRunsAverage
Tom Westley738546.55
Dan Lawrence630454.48

 

Name (Bowler)MatchesWicketsEconomy
Simon Harmer4212.12
Samuel Cook4182.28

Essex’s Probable Playing XI:

Nick Browne, Alastair Cook, Tom Westley (c), Dan Lawrence, Paul Walter, Ryan ten Doeschate, Simon Harmer, Adam Wheater (wk), Shane Snater, Peter Siddle, Sam Cook.

Derbyshire Preview

After 3 consecutive draws against Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Durham, Derbyshire failed to register a win over Nottinghamshire in their 4th match. In that match, Nottinghamshire won by 310 runs.

Derbyshire managed to restrict Nottinghamshire to just 256 in the first innings with the help of Fynn Hudson Prentice’s brilliant spell of 4 for 36 runs in 16 overs, but collapsed against Nottinghamshire’s bowling attack on just 105 runs. No one managed to cross a 15-run mark with exception of Matt Critchley who scored 33 runs in 30 balls in the middle order.

Again, in the second innings, Fynn Hudson Prentice managed to take 4 wickets for 40 runs but they failed to chase down the target of 470 runs in this innings. Ben Aitchison scored 50 runs in the lower order which resulted in a total of 156 runs on the board. In the end, they were defeated by 310 runs.

Now, they will be in search of their first win of the season against Essex on 13 May and will try to put themselves up in the group in which they are placed at the very bottom after 4 games. This is an important match for them to claim a win which needs a few tactical changes in their batting order against Essex.

Key players for Derbyshire: 

Name (Batsman)MatchesRunsAverage
Matt Critchley848362.32
Harvey Hosein831751.71

 

Name (Bowler)MatchesWicketsEconomy
Fynn Hudson Prentice4152.89
Matt Critchley4153.62 

Derbyshire’s Probable Playing XI: 

Luis Reece, Leus du Plooy, Wayne Madsen (c), Matt Critchley, Harvey Hosein (wk), Tom Wood, Brooke Guest, Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Samuel Conners, Ben Aitchison, Samuel Conners.

Venue

County Ground in Chelmsford will host this match. This ground is considered a home ground of the Essex side and has witnessed quite some domestic games. This stadium can accommodate a total of 6,500 people.

Toss Info

This ground has offered an advantage to bowlers in few previous domestic matches. The team who has opted to bowl first here has delivered better than the batting team. At this location, whichever team wins the toss will want to bowl first and chase.

Pitch and Weather Report

The weather is predicted to be partially cloudy, with a 50-60% chance of raining. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the range of 19°C – 12 °C.

Our Prediction

Considering the current form of both teams, Essex have a stronger bowling unit when compared to Derbyshire and they have also delivered some superb bowling performances so far this season. On the other hand, Derbyshire have failed to put huge scores on the board or to chase the given targets. This weak batting lineup of Derbyshire might help Essex to clinch a victory in this game.

We predict that Essex will defeat Derbyshire.

Disclaimer: Our match previews are fully researched but as per the nature of the game, anything is possible on the match day. So the statistical data will change. You are advised to decide for yourself when betting on a team. Thanks.

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