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CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK | MATCH 10 (ECC21.082) ENGLAND XI (ENG XI) v BELGIUM (BEL) 1500 GMT | 1700 CET | 2030 IST
ENG XI Group Stage Timeline: W W W W L W W W W W (Avg Score For 128, Avg Score Against 91)
ENG XI Championship Week Timeline: W (Avg Score For 178, Avg Score Against 85)
BEL Group Stage Timeline: W W W W L W L L W W (Avg Score For 134, Avg Score Against 119)
BEL Championship Week Timeline: W W (Avg Score For 162, Avg Score Against 113)
ENGLAND XI (ENG XI)
Captain: Dan Lincoln
Wicketkeeper: Dan Lincoln, Alex Mellor
Projected Top Four: Dan Lincoln, Harrison Ward, Tom Bevan, Alex Mellor
Projected Opening Bowlers: Zum Ahktar, Andy Rishton, Rich Edwards
Spin Options: Euan Woods, Alex Russell, Sam Pearce, Max Uttley, Tom Bevan
Coach: Tom Lambert
ENGLAND XI Key Players:
Sam Pearce, Wales captain and bowling all-rounder, he represented Glamorgan in the T20 Blast this summer and Royal London One Day Cup. Pearce also led Wales to the semi-finals of the NCCA fifty-overs competition this summer. Top wicket taker in the tournament picking up 18 wickets including a best return of 3-19.
Alex Mellor, the most experienced player in the side at 31 and a former Warwickshire CCC player. Third highest scorer for ENG XI racking up 172 runs in nine innings including a brilliant 70 off 26 balls vs CZR in Week 3.
Harrison Ward, the hard hitting left handed batter plays for Sussex CCC. Started off with a band but has gone cold in the last few games. He will look to finish on a high. Second highest scorer for ENG XI plundering 304 runs in 10 games at a strike rate of 247. Blasted an unbeaten 92 off 31 balls vs SPA on Monday.
Rich Edwards, right arm medium pacer and hard hitting lower order batter, third highest wicket taker for ENG XI scalping 11 wickets in 10 games.
Dan Lincoln, skipper, wicketkeeper and a former professional footballer with Reading FC, he has played for Glamorgan and Kent in the last two years in county cricket and brings experience to this young side. The right hander did not start well but has turned it around when it mattered with a blistering match winning century vs Italy in the Group C final. Top scorer for ENG XI with 355 runs in 11 games including an unbeaten 82 off 30 vs SPA on Monday.
Captain: Sheikh Sheraz
Wicketkeeper: Ali Raza
Coach: Abhijit Harikrishna Khan
BELGIUM Key Players:
Saber Zakhil, fearsome hitter, currently lies fourth in the world for sixes hit this year in T20i with 19 in seven matches. Highest scorer for BEL plundering 273 runs at a SR of 237 and deservedly bagged three player of the match awards. He can also chip in with crucial wickets in the middle overs and has picked up SEVEN wickets so far.
Aziz Mohammad, destructive right handed batter who has impressed in ECS tournaments in Spain last season and most recently in the Netherlands. Mustered 88 runs in six games at a sprightly SR of 282 in the opening week before being injured. The opener blasted 96 runs in two games on Monday taking his tally to 184 runs in eight games.
Ali Raza, wicket keeper batter, very good behind the stumps and equally better in-front of it. Third highest scorer for BEL racking up 178 runs in 11 games including a 21-ball 57 vs Sweden in first week.
SheikhSheraz, captain who leads by example with bat and ball. Played a few crucial knocks in the opening week leading his side to victories mustering a total of 122 runs in the process.
Omid Rahimi, fearsome right handed batter, one of the best finishers in the tournament, has plundered 155 runs at a strike rate of over 246. Has scored over 86% of his runs in boundaries.
Adnan Razzaq, right arm pacer who has decent pace and is consistent with the ball. Highest wicket taker for his side scalping 12 wickets.
Belgium really caught the eye on Monday with some brutal hitting. BEL will find the England bowling a trifle more menacing, while the England batters can be equally savage on any loose bowling. England are favourites, but Belgium could run them close.
Match Prediction: England XI (ENG XI) to win an entertaining affair.
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