Preview: Queensland will look to continue their sizzling form against inconsistent Victoria
The Marsh Cup, Australia’s premier One-Day competition, has shaped up nicely this year. There have been quite a few high-scoring games along with low-scoring thrillers. At the time of writing, Queensland was at the top of the points table with 8 points in 2 games and a NRR of +1.06. Meanwhile, Victoria is on the 3rd position with 4 points in 2 games and a NRR of -1.24.
Hence, it will be interesting to see how the two teams fare when hey clash in the competition on September 29 at the Junction Oval, Melbourne.
Queensland appears to be in great form, having won both their matches. Victoria has been inconsistent so far – losing their first match by 125 runs and scraping a 1-run victory in their last match against Tasmania.
Interestingly, however, in the last 5 matches between these two sides, Queensland has won 4 times and lost just once. The last time Victoria beat Queensland was in the 2018 season.Embed from Getty Images
Things might be different this time. Jimmy Peirson is proving to be a smart captain for Queensland. Their batting is shaping up really nicely with the top and middle-order being among the runs. Opener Sam Heazlett, along with Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns got fifties in the last game against South Australia. Max Bryant looked good too and might have a bigger impact in this match.
Their bowling is decent enough to get the job done. Mark Steketee and Billy Stanlake are in good form and will be the seamers to watch out for. Spinner Matthew Kuhnemann, who took 3-39 in the last match, may be a potent weapon against Victoria.
Meanwhile, in Peter Handscomb, Vitoria has a mature captain. But the team hasn’t got into their groove yet. Their batting has been inconsistent with the top-order not getting regular runs yet. The team will depend on Nic Maddinson and Glenn Maxwell to continue their form from the recent matches. However, they would really want their star opener Aaron Finch to get some big runs in this game. Captain Handscomb too would have a role to play.Embed from Getty Images
Fast bowler Chris Tremain, fresh with a 4-wicket haul in his last match, would be eager to make an impact. Left-arm seamer Jackson Coleman has looked good too and may cause trouble to the Queensland batting unit. The most crucial role for Victoria might be played by all-rounder Will Sutherland who has contributed both with the bat and the ball so far.
Prediction – Victoria vs Queensland, 7th Match:
The Junction Oval in Melbourne hasn’t hosted a match in the tournament yet. The match between Victoria and Queensland on the 29th of September will be the first one of the Marsh Cup 2019 to be played here.
Not much is known about the surface here. However, it is expected to be a true one that should assist both the batsmen and bowlers. It is unlikely to be an unusually high-scoring game and the combined team totals should be around 480-500 runs.
While Victoria has done well against Queensland in the recent years, they have begun the tournament on an inconsistent note. Queensland, meanwhile, look like the team to be beat at the moment with a robust all-round unit that is in form. Victoria does have the home advantage in this match. But it is Queensland who should be the likely winners of this game.