CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK | FINAL - MATCH 24 (ECC21.096) 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 W L W W W W W (Avg Score For 141, Avg Score Against 102)
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 W L L L W L W (Avg Score For 138, 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: 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 23 wickets including a best return of 3-19. Took ENG XI to a memorable win vs NED XI blasting 28 off 10 balls.
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 307 runs in 16 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. Highest scorer in the tournament plundering 534 runs in 17 games at a strike rate of 266. Blasted two half centuries on Thursday and now has joint most fifties, FOUR, to his name.
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. Second highest scorer in the tournament with 514 runs in 18 games.
Rich Edwards, right arm medium pacer and hard hitting lower order batter, joint second highest wicket taker for ENG XI scalping 19 wickets in 17 games. Returned figures of 1-1 vs NED XI on Tuesday. Took ENG XI to an unlikely victory in the first qualifier hitting a precious MAXIMO in only his second ball.
Alex Russell, hugely talented leg spinner, academy graduate at Gloucestershire CCC, joint second highest wicket taker for ENG XI scalping 19 wickets in 13 games with a best return of 3-4 vs GER.
Captain: Sheikh Sheraz
Wicketkeeper: Ali Raza
Projected Opening Bowlers: Adnan Razzaq, Khalid Ahmadi
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. Second highest scorer for BEL plundering 334 runs at a SR of 239 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 has looked in tremendous touch this week taking his total run tally to 404 runs in 15 games at a staggering strike rate of 274. Has also picked up NINE wickets.
Ali Raza, wicket keeper batter, very good behind the stumps and equally better in-front of it. Second highest scorer for BEL amassing 400 runs in 18 innings. Has been in good form racking up FOUR fifties to his name - joint most in ECC21.
Waqas Raja, right arm medium pacer, has been impressive this tournament picking up 12 wickets in eight matches and is the second highest wicket taker for BEL.
With the two highest run scorers in the tournament in Harrison Ward and captain Dan Lincoln, England will be favourites for the trophy. Belgium will be gunning for revenge after losing a last-ball thriller earlier in the day. There’s sure to be plenty of spice in this one with the magnificent Dream11 European Cricket Championship trophy up for grabs.
Last time they met: ECC21.094 | ENG XI 95 def BEL 94 (8 Oct 2021)
Match Prediction: England XI (ENG XI) to win the inaugural Dream11 European Cricket Championship at the Cartama Oval in Malaga, Spain.
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