CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK | QUALIFIER 1 - MATCH 22 (ECC21.094) ENGLAND XI (ENG XI) v BELGIUM (BEL) 0900 GMT | 1100 CET | 1430 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 (Avg Score For 149, Avg Score Against 104)
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 (Avg Score For 139, Avg Score Against 121)
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. Joint top wicket taker in the tournament picking up 21 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 294 runs in 15 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. The opener had gone cold for a while but is back among the runs. Highest scorer in the tournament plundering 512 runs in 16 games at a strike rate of 268. 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 482 runs in 17 games.
Rich Edwards, right arm medium pacer and hard hitting lower order batter, joint second highest wicket taker for ENG XI scalping 18 wickets in 16 games. Returned figures of 1-1 vs NED XI on Tuesday.
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 298 runs at a SR of 235 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 348 runs in 13 games at a staggering strike rate of 280. The opener has the best strike rate (minimum two innings). Has also picked up SIX wickets.
Ali Raza, wicket keeper batter, very good behind the stumps and equally better in-front of it. Highest scorer for BEL amassing 375 runs in 16 innings. Has been in good form racking up FOUR fifties to his name - joint most in ECC21.
Adnan Razzaq, right arm pacer who has decent pace and is consistent with the ball. Highest wicket taker for his side scalping 13 wickets in 14 games.
England XI appear invincible at the moment and have become hot favourites to lift the trophy. But if there is any team that can stop ENG XI, it’s Belgium. Despite succumbing to three losses after a fast start, BEL bounced back to winning ways by beating a strong NED XI. Both sides have beaten each other previously and will be eyeing another win to earn bragging rights.
Last time they met: ECC21.090 | ENG XI 179 def BEL 99 (7 Oct 2021)
Match Prediction: England XI (ENG XI) to progress through to the Final.
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