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Monday, 17 December, 2018

Consistent Chopra can help Essex on trip to Canterbury

Durham to extend winning run against sloppy Steelbacks

Varun Chopra of Essex
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Kent v Essex
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Kent's winning run was brought to a halt by a trio of washouts in the T20 Blast and they should be wary of Essex's top-order batsmen when they welcome the Eagles to the Spitfire Ground for the televised South Group fixture.

Skipper Sam Billings has performed adequately at the crease for Kent, most notably posting an unbeaten 95 in their tightly-contested win over Hampshire, but Essex opener Varun Chopra ranks among the most consistent batsmen in the competition.

Chopra chalked up half-centuries against Sussex, Surrey and Gloucestershire, registering more than 200 runs in this year's Blast, and he looks a value bet to top-score for his side in Canterbury.

Elsewhere Durham can make it five consecutive Blast wins with victory over a struggling Northamptonshire side who remain the only team in the competition without a win.

The Jets capitalised on helpful bowling conditions in their last game to limit holders Nottinghamshire to 132, a total which they chased down comfortably.

The quick-scoring Graham Clark and potent bowler Chris Rushworth have been two of the Blast's standout players this summer and they can make light work of the Steelbacks.

Middlesex have won just two of their last seven matches after defeat on the Duckworth-Lewis method against Somerset most recently and they can be put to the test by Sussex.

The Sharks are still in the mix for the playoffs, having started the tournament strongly before a series of abandonments. Leicestershire lock horns with Birmingham Bears and Notts welcome in-form Derbyshire.

V Chopra top Essex runscorer
1pt 100-30 BoyleSports
3pts 4-6 BetBright, BoyleSports

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Chopra chalked up three half-centuries against Sussex, Surrey and Gloucestershire
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