Match Preview: Gloucestershire v Essex Eagles


Gloucestershire v Essex Eagles

Royal London Cup
The Bristol County Ground
Tuesday 03 August
11am start


Essex Eagles are back on the road in the Royal London Cup where Gloucestershire await in a 50-over clash at The Bristol County Ground on Tuesday.

The match comes off the back of a third victory in the competition on Sunday with a comprehensive 9-wicket defeat over Kent Spitfires.

Shane Snater took his tally to 9 wickets so far in the competition, whilst Alastair Cook struck 77 not out to take his aggregate to 211 from his last three innings after another dominant partnership with Tom Westley.

Gloucestershire have breathed new life into their 50-over season with two wins in as many matches. They recorded their first win of the competition when they overcome previously unbeaten Durham last Thursday.

On Sunday, Gloucestershire followed it up by beating Sussex Sharks at Hove by just 3 runs under the DLS method runs in a match reduced to 42 overs per side.

Gloucestershire start Tuesday’s match in 5th position in Group Two, which is two places and two points behind third-placed Essex who have 6 points.


Hopes that Jimmy Neesham would be returning for Essex in the remaining Royal London Cup matches this season were dashed with the news that he has extended his contract to play for the Welsh Fire in The Hundred.

The Eagles have named a 12-man squad for the clash with Gloucestershire.


Anthony McGrath’s View:

New ball bowler, Shane Snater collected a couple of wickets in the victory over Kent Spitfires as he continues his good form in this year’s Royal London Cup and he was quick to praise the overall performance of the Eagles’ latest triumph.

“ I think everyone had a good combined game and everything fell nicely into place,” he said.

“Cooky [Alastair Cook] and Tom [Westley] are looking in really good nick and we’ve just to keep that form going in the games that are coming up.

“It is always nice to get a win and everyone is in good spirits and playing well but we’ve just got to keep it up, starting at Bristol on Tuesday. We had a good day out against Kent and we just need more of them now.”

The Opposition:

Gloucestershire will be missing five members of their first team squad. Benny Howell, Miles Hammond, Ryan Higgins, David Payne, and Iain Cockbain are all involved in The Hundred and the home side will select from the following 15-man squad:

Ben Wells, Jack Taylor, Ben Charlesworth, George Hankins, Tom Lace, Jared Warner, George Scott, Oliver Price, Josh Shaw, Matt Taylor, Graeme van Buuren, Dan Worrall, Tom Smith, James Bracey (wk), Chris Dent (c).

How to Watch:

There will be a Live Stream service from The Bristol County Ground, courtesy of our hosts. This will be available via the Essex Cricket Matchzone from 11am.

Access via the Essex Cricket Matchzone is available here.