2017 NatWest T20 Blast: Gloucestershire VS. Middlesex First Match Prediction
Run by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) from the year of 2014, NatWest T20 Blast is a T20 Cricket League based in Wales and England. The tournament comprises of eighteen first-class county teams that are split into 2 divisions- North and South, of 9 teams each. The 2017 NatWest T20 Blast is the 4th edition of the tournament that is set to take place in England and Wales from 7 July 2017 and will be played till 2 September 2017. Northamptonshire Steelbacks are the defending champions of the series having won the 2016 NatWest T20 Blast. The first match of the tournament will be played on 7 July at 01:30 PM as per GMT on College Ground, Cheltenham. Teams Gloucestershire and Middlesex of the South Group will be seen playing against each other in the match. A lot is being expected from the match. Who will win? Will it be Middlesex or Gloucestershire? Let’s find it out in the first match prediction of the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast.
First Match Prediction: Comparing the Performances of the Teams
If we compare the performances of both the teams is the previous seasons of the NatWest T20 Blast, none of the teams has clinched the winning title even once. Speaking of the first edition of the NatWest T20 Blast in 2014, Gloucestershire Gladiators ended up on the 8th spot, being the second last on the points table of the South Division. On the other hand, Middlesex Panthers finished on the 9th (last) spot. In the 2015 NatWest t20 Blast, Gloucestershire improved their performance and reached the 5th rank in the standings but Middlesex remained persistent staying at the last position. Gloucestershire played outstanding in the 2016 NatWest T20 Blast securing the 1st spot in the South Division standings. However, the team lost to Durham in the Quarter-finals. Middlesex improved too, standing 3rd on the points table and hence qualifying for the knockout stage. But the team was defeated by Northamptonshire in the Quarter-finals just like Gloucestershire.
First Match Prediction: Announcing the Probable Winner
Well, both the teams have improved remarkably in the last season of the tournament. But, if we look at the past performances and the squad, Gloucestershire seems to be the possible winners. Nonetheless, Middlesex will be giving a very tough competition to their opponents.