MATCH 4 (ECS21.879) OVERSEAS (OVR) v BUGIBBA BLASTERS (BBL) 1330 GMT | 1430 CET | 1900 IST
OVR Last Five Matches: W L W W L (Avg Score For 102, Avg Score Against 82)
BBL Last Five Matches: ON ECS DEBUT
Captain: David Marks
Wicketkeeper: Frank Spiteri
Projected Top Four: Frank Spiteri, Charl Kleine-Punte, Sean Byrne, Ethan Xuereb
Projected Opening Bowlers: David Marks, Ethan Xuereb
Spin Options: Kivian Johnson
OVERSEAS Key Players:
Charl Kleine-Punte, left-hand opening batter, has the ability to bat through the innings. Also a left-arm medium pacer who can swing it and extracts plenty of bounce off the pitch, top scorer for OVR at FanCode ECS Malta 2021 mustering 177 runs in just seven games.
Frank Spiteri, all time leading run scorer for Malta, coming back to competitive cricket after an extended layoff due to injury and will be keen to perform.
BUGIBBA BLASTERS (BBL)
Captain: Partha Das
Wicketkeeper: Gaurav Maithani
Projected Top Four: Gaurav Maithani, Vijay Singh, Vinay Negi, Faiz Ullah
Projected Opening Bowlers: Sohan Singh, Suresh Dobal
Spin Options: Partha Das
BUGIBBA BLASTERS Key Players:
Gaurav Maithani, solid, technical top-order batter, boasts previous ECS experience playing for SOC in 2020, can hit big sixes and will be looking to provide fast starts.
Faiz Ullah, top-order batter with a cool and calm mindset, a good runner between the wickets who can convert singles into doubles, plays along the ground more often and is also good at finding gaps.
Partha Das, off-spinner, has played for the Lithuanian national side, capable of making significant impact in the middle overs restricting the run flow, was the best bowler in the Malta T20 Premier Cricket League 2021 scalping 13 wickets in six matches at an ER of 5.40.
Vinay Negi, a talented top-order batter with the ability to bowl at any slot with a tight line and length. He is a good hitter especially straight down the ground.
Bugibba Blasters make their ECS debut against Overseas, runners-up at FanCode ECS Malta 2021. OVR made a serious improvement from last year, but are without a few key players in this tournament. That said, OVR will fancy their chances of going one step further. BBL look a strong side and might give OVR a serious run for their money.
Match Prediction: Bugibba Blasters to get off the mark in ECS with a close win.
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