Essex play Lancashire in the County Championship Division One 2022 on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at the County Ground in Chelmsford from 3:00 PM IST (Indian Standard Time). 

Essex are currently fourth, one position below Lancashire, in the County Championship Division One 2022 points table with 178 points. The hosts have won three, drawn one and lost one of their last five matches in this competition. Essex won a nail-biting match against Yorkshire in their last match in this tournament as they chased down the target of 162 with only one wicket to spare.

Lancashire have lost just once in the 12 County Championship 2022 matches so far. The Old Trafford-based team have won five and drawn six matches this season and are unbeaten in their last five matches. Keaton Jennings is their top run-getter this season and is ranked third overall. Lancashire have won nine County Championship titles in their history.

Essex vs Lancashire County Championship Division One 2022 odds

Melbet odds: Essex: 1.80, Lancashire: 2.00

Betwinner odds: Essex: 1.80, Lancashire: 2.00

Parimatch odds: Essex: 1.91, Lancashire: 1.83

1xBet odds: Essex: 1.80, Lancashire: 2.00

Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.

Essex vs Lancashire head-to-head 

Essex have won three of the last five matches against Lancashire in the County Championship. The visitors have managed to secure two draws in that period.

Earlier this season, Essex won this fixture by an innings and 76 runs. Daniel Lawrence’s 120-run knock helped Essex post 391 runs on the scoreboard in the first innings. Sam Cook derailed the Lancashire batting lineup in the second innings to help enforce a follow-on. The Lancs could only manage 232 runs in the third innings of the match, thanks to Simon Harmer’s 5/89.

Essex vs Lancashire squads

Essex: Ben Allison, Aaron Beard, Luc Benkenstein, Nick Browne, William Buttleman (wicketkeeper), Alastair Cook, Sam Cook, Matt Critchley, Robin Das, Simon Harmer, Feroze Khushi, Daniel Lawrence, Aron Nijjar, Michael Pepper (wicketkeeper), Jack Plom, Jamie Porter, Jamal Richards, Adam Rossington (wicketkeeper), Josh Rymell, Shane Snater, Paul Walter, Tom Westley (captain), Adam Wheater.

Lancashire: James Anderson, Tom Bailey, George Balderson, Jack Blatherwick, Josh Bohannon, Josh Boyden, Jos Buttler, Steven Croft, Richard Gleeson, Tom Hartley, Liam Hurt, Keaton Jennings, Rob Jones, George Lavelle (wicketkeeper), Danny Lamb, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Jack Morley, Ed Moulton, Matthew Parkinson, Phil Salt, Owais Shah, Dane Vilas (captain), Luke Wells, Will Williams, Luke Wood.

Essex vs Lancashire probable playing XI

Essex: Nick Browne, Alastair Cook, Tom Westley (captain), Daniel Lawrence, Matt Critchley, Feroze Khushi, Adam Rossington (wicketkeeper), Shane Snater, Ben Allison, Sam Cook, Jamie Porter. 

Lancashire: Luke Wells, Keaton Jennings, Josh Bohannon, Steven Croft, Dane Vilas (captain), Rob Jones, George Lavelle (wicketkeeper), Saqib Mahmood, Tom Bailey, Will Williams, Jack Morley.

Essex vs Lancashire combined fantasy XI

Keaton Jennings (captain), Alastair Cook, Josh Bohannon, Daniel Lawrence, Matt Critchley, Dane Vilas, Adam Rossington (wicketkeeper), Shane Snater, Tom Bailey, Sam Cook, Luke Wood.

Essex top picks vs Lancashire County Championship Division One 2022

Alastair Cook: The English opener is currently ranked eighth on the top run-scorers list for the ongoing County Championship Division One season. Alastair Cook has amassed 871 runs in 12 matches, including four centuries and three half-centuries. The veteran is the backbone of the Essex batting lineup and has been consistent over the last couple of years in this competition.  

Sam Cook: The Essex pacer is one of only eight bowlers to have picked more than 40 wickets in this County Championship Division One campaign. Sam Cook produced a match-winning display against Lancashire earlier in the season, picking six wickets in two innings.

Lancashire top picks vs Essex County Championship Division One 2022

Keaton Jennings: Lancashire’s opening batter is their top run-scorer this season in this competition with 1014 runs in only nine matches. He has smashed four centuries, including a triple-hundred while averaging 72.42 with the bat. Jennings is the most in-form batter in the team and the onus will be on him to score important runs at the beginning of the innings.

Tom Bailey: Like his counterpart Sam Cook, the 31-year-old Lancashire pacer has also crossed the 40-wicket mark this season. Bailey’s 43 wickets have come in 11 matches which include career-best match figures of 11/110 against Kent. He also took his 300th first-class wicket in Lancashire’s last match in this tournament.

Essex vs Lancashire County Championship Division One 2022 prediction 

It is expected to be an extremely close encounter between two evenly matched sides in Essex and Lancashire. Essex have been the better team in this fixture of late, which tips the odds slightly in their favour for this County Championship match.

On the other hand, Lancashire are above Essex in the County Championship Division One points table this season and have been a difficult team to beat on their travels. They have a lower winning probability but are likely to challenge the hosts for all available points in this game.

Essex vs Lancashire County Championship Division One 2022 playing conditions and weather report

Maximum Temperature: 18°C

Precipitation: 3%

Humidity: 78%

Wind: 7 km/h

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