Preview: Essex vs Hampshire

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Essex will look to make it a fifth consecutive semi-final in the Inter County Championships as they take on a Hampshire side who are struggling to get their full strength side out for the Quarter-Finals on Sunday.

Hampshire have lost only one of their eight group games narrowly at home to Kent, with two draws against East Sussex.

Hampshire go into the game with two wins under their belts and will took to take any slip ups that may arise by Essex.

Essex have had a mixed bag in the group stages this season with two losses to Norfolk and Northamption, with Essex not travelling well  losing two out of their three away games so far this season.

The current in-form players for Hampshire which pose a threat to Essex is the current England Singles Champion Jason Mclean and SMPT English Master semi-finalist Ben Pay who have both recently been selected for the World Championships.

Both players are in line to play in the singles for Hampshire where they will face out of form Barry Hedges and the inconsistent Mitchell Young.

Hampshire will have lots of experience in the shape of Jody Bright and Phil Mills to bring on their up and coming young talent Callum Goodman.

Essex will be used to the knockout situation with players stepping up to the mark such as Dom Reed and the confident Jack Shepard both also being selected for the World Championships.  Not forgetting the SMPT English Masters Bronze medallist Antony Fautley.

Hampshire Captain and England player James Bucknall was asked on his team selection ahead of the game “I would like to say yes my friend, but that would be telling”.

Essex go in as favourites I’m sure Hampshire will agree, but will it be a potential banana skin for Essex?




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