CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK | MATCH 8 (ECC21.080) NETHERLANDS XI (NED XI) v ENGLAND XI (ENG XI) 1100 GMT | 1300 CET | 1630 IST
NED XI Group Stage Timeline: W W W W W W L W NR W (Avg Score For 130, Avg Score Against 92)
NED XI Championship Week Timeline: W W (Avg Score For 118, Avg Score Against 55)
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)
NETHERLANDS XI (NED XI)
Captain: Sebastiaan Braat
Wicketkeeper: Ratha Alphonse
Coach: Pierce Fletcher
NETHERLANDS XI Key Players:
Sebastiaan Braat, skipper with six T20 international matches to his name. A dynamic, fast bowling all-rounder with vast experience facing top quality opposition. Hasn’t enjoyed much opportunity to impress with the bat, but has managed 130 runs in 11 innings at a SR of 220. Has picked up 14 wickets with the ball including a best return of 3-10.
Boris Gorlee, young, up and coming talent, has represented the Dutch under-19 team, mustered an unbeaten 55 off 29 balls to bag his first player of the match award vs Romania. Third highest scorer for NED XI racking up 232 runs in 10 innings.
Musa Nadeem Ahmad, star batter, the left hander scored a quickfire 70* off 27 balls vs Spain on Monday to surpass Clayton Floyd as highest run scorer for NED XI amassing 282 runs in 11 knocks at a strike rate of 219. Has also picked up a couple of wickets and is a good outfielder.
Clayton Floyd, talented all-rounder and canny left-arm spinner. Mustered 115 off just 35 balls vs Romania in Week 2 racking up an historic first ever T10 international hundred. His knock included 15 towering maximos. Second highest scorer for NED XI racking up 259 runs in 10 innings and is the top wicket taker for his side picking up 15 wickets.
Julian De Mey, slow left arm orthodox, highly effective in the middle overs, joint second highest wicket taker for NED XI scalping 14 wickets in 11 games including a best return of 3-12.
Ryan Klein, right arm fast bowler, became only the second bowler to take a T10 international HAT-TRICK - scalping 3-14 vs Austria. Has taken a total of 10 wickets in 11 games.
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.
Netherlands XI and England XI lock horns in the most anticipated match up of ECC21 so far. Both sides have played some high quality cricket so far and will be keen to stamp their authority here to earn bragging rights of being favourites to lift the coveted ECC trophy.
Match Prediction: England XI can edge a close victory, but NED XI have a high chance of winning this matchup if they bat first.
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