MATCH 7 (ECS21.882) OVERSEAS (OVR) v SOUTHERN CRUSADERS (SOC) 1130 GMT | 1230 CET | 1700 IST
OVR Last Five Matches: W W LW L (Avg Score For 103, Avg Score Against 93)
SOC Last Five Matches: W L L L W (Avg Score For 76, Avg Score Against 90)
Captain: Jurg Hirschi
Wicketkeeper: Frank Spiteri
Projected Top Four: Charl Kleine-Punte, Frank Spiteri, Sean Byrne, Ethan Xuereb
Projected Opening Bowlers: David Marks, Ethan Xuereb
Spin Options: Jurg Hirschi, Kivian Johnson
OVERSEAS Key Players:
Jurg Hirschi, right-arm leg-spinner, unorthodox but highly effective, leading wicket taker for OVR in the FanCode ECS Malta 2021 picking up 12 wickets in 11 games with a best return of 4-13.
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. Top scored on Monday mustering 87 runs in two games. He scored an unbeaten 58 and picked up a wicket to return player of the match in the first double header vs BBL.
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.
Sean Byrne, the right handed batter scored 79 runs in two games including a 26-ball 60 vs BBL.
SOUTHERN CRUSADERS (SOC)
Captain: Zeshan Yousaf
Wicketkeeper: Cindu Shanmuganathan
Projected Top Four: Sumair Khan,Ezhaq Masih,Zeshan Yousaf, Muhammad Bilal
Projected Opening Bowlers: Bilal Khan, Zeshan Yousaf
Spin Options: Jojo Thomas, Suhrid Roy
SOUTHERN CRUSADERS Key Players:
Bilal Khan, is one of the fastest bowlers in Malta with the ability to move the ball both ways. Proved economical with the ball at ECS Malta earlier in the year conceding at just 4.70 rpo and getting FIVE prized wickets. He can also contribute with pinch hitting abilities. He was at his lethal best on Monday picking up THREE wickets in two games at an ER of just 1.50 including a POTM performance of 2-1 vs MSW.
Jojo Thomas, right arm finger spinner, finished leading wicket taker for SOC at FanCode ECS Malta scalping 12 wickets in nine games with a best return of 3-4. Scored 16 runs and picked up a wicket on Monday.
Zeshan Yousaf, all-rounder, big hitting opener, moves the ball both ways, contributed in every game in the previous edition scoring 99 runs and picking up FIVE wickets. He will be leading the side this time around. Didn’t contribute much with the bat on Monday but picked up THREE wickets in two games.
Lakshitha Senevirathana, the right arm medium pacer picked up eight wickets at FanCode ECS Malta earlier this year including his best ECS figures of 4-24 against Marsa.
Overseas and Southern Crusaders meet in the second double header of the day. Both sides got off the mark on Monday, but SOC sit atop the group with a far superior NRR. Last year, SOC also had the wood over OVR beating them twice at the European Cricket Series Malta 2020.
Last time they met: SOC 73 def OVR 72 (24 Nov 2020)
Match Prediction: Southern Crusaders to win convincingly.
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