CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK | MATCH 5 (ECC21.077) ENGLAND XI (ENG XI) v SPAIN (SPA) 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)
SPA Group StageTimeline: LW NR W W W L W L W L (Avg Score For 119, 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 for ENG XI picking up 15 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 games including a brilliant 70 off 26 balls vs CZR in Week 3.
Harrison Ward, the hard hitting left handed batsman 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 212 runs in nine games at a strike rate of 230.
Alex Russell, hugely talented leg spinner,academy graduate at Gloucestershire CCC, second highest wicket taker for ENG XI scalping 12 wickets at an ER of 6.60 including a best return of 3-4 vs GER. He has the best economy rate in the tournament so far.
Rich Edwards, right arm medium pacer and hard hitting lower order batsman, third highest wicket taker for ENG XI scalping 10 wickets in nine 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, finishing top scorer for ENG XI with 273 runs in 10 games including a blistering match winning century vs Italy in the final.
Captain: Christian Munoz-Mills
Wicketkeeper: Awais Ahmed
Projected Top Order: Awais Ahmed, Hamza Saleem, Jack Perman, Yasir Ali
Spin Options: Jack Perman, Yasir Ali
Coach: Dave Gelling
SPAIN Key Players:
Kuldeep Lal, has caught the eye in ECS comps over the last two seasons for his all-round performances. Second highest wicket taker for SPA scalping 12 wickets in 10 games with a best return of 3-6. Scored an entertaining 46 off 20 balls opening the innings vs BEL to bag his first man of the match award of the tournament.
Hamza Saleem, Prodigiously talented all-rounder, who made his international debut in the recent T20 Series win over Germany. Can make things happen with the ball and a quality left-hand bat, who can clear the fence with ease. Top scorer in Group A racking up 226 runs in 10 innings including three man of the match awards, showcasing his exquisite hitting. Plundered an unbeaten 65 off 28 balls vs Sweden in the second qualifier.
Awais Ahmed, destructive wicket keeper batsman, likes to take control of the game from ball one, third highest scorer for SPA racking up 170 runs in 10 innings including a quickfire 45 off 18 balls vs Norway.
Zulqarnain Haider, right arm pacer, has been impressive with the ball bowling good lines. Third highest wicket taker for Spain scalping 11 wickets in 10 games.
Jack Perman, classy top order batsman, impressed with his quick run-scoring ability in the opening week where he finished second highest scorer for SPA racking up 184 runs in eight innings.
England XI will have gained a lot of confidence after that emphatic victory over Italy in the Group C final. Spain will have to play out of their skins to get anywhere near this impressive English side.
Match Prediction: England XI (ENG XI) to get off the mark in style.
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