Essex go up against Surrey in the North Group match of Vitality T20 Blast 2022 on Friday, June 24, at County Ground, Chelmsford from 11:30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).  

Essex came up with an all-round performance to beat Middlesex by 21 runs in their last T20 Blast encounter. Dan Lawrence and Tom Westley scored fifties while Sam Cook and Aaron Beard bowled economical spells to keep Middlesex under control in the run-chase. The home team are expected to keep the same lineup against Surrey.

On the other hand, Surrey faced their first defeat of the T20 Blast 2022 season in their last match. Will Jacks’ 48-ball 76 was not enough as they fell 17 runs short of Sussex’s total of 172. The current South Group table toppers are also expected to make no changes to their lineup against Essex.

There are 18 teams participating in the T20 Blast, divided into two groups - the North Group and the South Group - each consisting of nine teams. Each team plays their group member twice with the top four teams from each group qualifying for the quarter-finals. 

Essex vs Surrey Vitality T20 Blast 2022 odds

Dafabet odds: Essex: 2.30, Surrey: 1.65 

Parimatch odds: Essex: 2.24, Surrey: 1.62

Betwinner odds: Essex: 2.21, Surrey: 1.68

10CRIC odds: Essex: 2.25, Surrey: 1.62

Betway odds: Essex: 2.20, Surrey: 1.61 

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

Essex vs Surrey head-to-head

Essex have a good head-to-head record against Surrey, winning 18 of the 31 matches in the T20 Blast. 12 out of those 18 wins have come batting second. Essex have also won three of the last five matches against Surrey. 

Surrey have won nine of their 11 matches in T20 Blast 2022. Six out of Surrey’s 11 wins against Essex in the T20 Blast have come at this venue. 

Essex vs Surrey probable playing XI

Essex: Adam Rossington (wicket-keeper), Feroze Khushi, Michael Pepper, Dan Lawrence, Paul Walter, Tom Westley, Daniel Sams, Simon Harmer (captain), Aaron Beard, Ben Allison, Sam Cook.

Surrey: Will Jacks, Jamie Smith (wicket-keeper), Nico Reifer, Laurie Evans, Sunil Narine, Rory Burns, Chris Jordan (captain), Gus Atkinson, Conor McKerr, Daniel Worrall, Dan Moriarty.

Essex vs Surrey top picks

Essex: Michael Pepper is the top pick in this match. The 23-year-old has scored 338 runs in T20 Blast 2022 at an average of 42.25 and a strike-rate of 160.18. In the recent game against Somerset, he scored an unbeaten 49-ball 86.   

Surrey: Sunil Narine’s all-round ability has been key to Surrey’s performances in this T20 Blast 2022. The West Indian has picked 10 wickets at an economy rate of 5.57 and scored 195 runs at a strike-rate of 166.66 in 11 matches this season. 

Essex vs Surrey Vitality T20 Blast 2022 prediction 

Essex have won three of the last five T20 Blast matches. However, it will be a challenge for the hosts to come up trumps against the current South Group table toppers in this encounter.

Surrey lost their first match in the tournament last time out against Sussex. The visitors are expected to bounce back in this match.

Essex vs Surrey Vitality T20 Blast 2022 playing conditions and weather report

Maximum Temperature: 24°C

Precipitation: 15%

Humidity: 85%

Wind: 14 km/h