STAR PREVIEW: England v West Indies with RYAN SIDEBOTTOM

There is nothing like an English summer….. and this is nothing like an English summer 🙁 After the first few matches in the Cricket World Cup were bathed in sunshine, the rain just had to come along and be a spoilsport.

I’m hoping it doesn’t cause too many problems to the fixture list and especially that Duckworth-Lewis doesn’t come into play. I’ve never been a fan and think it gives a big advantage to the batting side in this format.

Away from cricket, I’m honoured to have been asked to draw the finalists for the Star Sports Greyhound Derby on Monday 24 June. It promises to be a right grand affair with afternoon tea at The Ritz but being a Yorkshireman, I’ll be the judge on whether they get the tea right !!! Good luck to all the dogs and connections left in the competition and I look forward to meeting the finalists in London.

It was great this week to see England’s Lionesses get their World Cup campaign off to the best possible start against Scotland.

Manager Phil Neville gave his side a stern talking to on the pitch after the match but as long as it’s positive criticism the players need to take it on the chin and they will continue to improve. Same as every sport, the managers are there to improve your game.

Back to the cricket and it was a much more positive display from England against Bangladesh, You never quite know what you are going to get with Bangladesh but full marks to England who batted and bowled well.

The team moves on to the Rose Bowl on Friday for the highlight match so far for me against the West Indies.

The Windies were my outsiders to keep an eye on at at the start of the tournament as they have five or six players that can turn any side over. No surprise to see England as warm favourites with starsports.bet but it might just be a little closer than the odds suggest.

It’ll be a carnival atmosphere with plenty of talent and showmanship on display and the crowd will play their part.

CARDIFF, WALES. 08 JUNE 2019: Eoin Morgan of England batting hits the ball and is caught out during the England v Bangladesh, ICC Cricket World Cup match, at Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff, Wales.(Photo by ESPA/CSM/Sipa USA)

Boundaries can be tough to find at the Rose Bowl and even more so when there’s been some rain about. The outfield was very slow on Monday before rain stopped played when West Indies took on South Africa who were 29/2 after 7.3 overs. It’s definitely a ground where the bowlers fancy their chances.

It might be time for a captains innings. Eoin Morgan (pictured) makes appeal at 4/1 to be England’s top batsman at a ground he likes. He’s going under the radar a bit at the moment but is in consistent enough form.

For England’s top wicket taker my vote goes to Adil Rashid – the Windies don’t play leg spin that well.

For the top West Indies run scorer I’m splitting stakes on Evin Lewis and Andre Russell at 7/2 and 6/1 respectively with starsports.bet.

RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
BACK EOIN MORGAN TOP ENGLAND BATSMAN 4.5 pts at 4/1 with starsports.bet
BACK ADIL RASHID TOP ENGLAND WICKET TAKER 3 pts at 7/2 with starsports.bet
BACK EVIN LEWIS TOP WEST INDIES BATSMAN 3 pts at 7/2 with starsports.bet
BACK ANDRE RUSSELL TOP WEST INDIES BATSMAN 3 pts at 6/1 with starsports.bet


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