Empire CC Lions vs Helsinki CC Match Prediction

2020-07-14 20:30 Match starts in -29402823 secs
Empire Cricket Club ECC Empire Cricket Club
Helsinki Cricket Club HCC Helsinki Cricket Club
Betting Tips
  • After already gaining some revenge for last year’s Final defeat with victory when they last met, Empire CC Lions take on Helsinki CC once more.
  • While Helsinki are the defending champions, Empire CC Lions have been the much better team this season – winning seven of their eight matches.
  • Helsinki have won just twice, and defeat when these teams last met was their fourth in a row since.

Chance of Winning



Our Prediction

Empire CC Lions are favourites to win

Empire CC Lions vs Helsinki CC Finnish Premier League

High-flying Empire CC once again face the team that beat them in last year’s final, Helsinki CC, in the Finnish T20 Premier League. They meet at the Kerava National Cricket Ground on July 14 and the live action is scheduled to start at 18:00 local time.

Empire won the last time these teams met – part of a run of five consecutive victories and seven in eight in total this season. Amjad Sher and Mahesh Tambe have been in the wickets, while Jonathan Scamans tops the run-scoring charts. All three were key when these teams last met too, with Empire claiming an 11-run victory.

That defeat, which was actually Helsinki’s last match as the one scheduled in between, against Vantaa, was rained off, was the defending champions’ fourth defeat in a row. They have not won since opening the tournament – and their title defence – with back-to-back wins.

Empire CC Lions vs Helsinki CC Live streaming

Live streaming: European Cricket Network

Toss Prediction

Empire CC batted first when these teams last met and won, which is the general trend this season.

Weather Report

There is zero chance of rain in Kerava in the evening, with clear, sunny evening skies set for this match.

Pitch Condition

Better conditions could mean a better pitch, but it has generally been a sluggish one this season.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Empire CC Lions vs Helsinki CC (Finnish Premier League).

Empire Cricket Club Team News & Playing 11

ECC Team News

There were a few changes last time out, to both the team and the batting line-up, but Empire CC Lions could restore Amjad Sher to top of the batting this time.

ECC Key Players

  • Jonathan Scamans: Top-scored for Empire CC Lions when these teams last met and he was the first batsman to pass 200 runs in this year’s tournament.
  • Amjad Sher: Goes into this game with 125 runs to his name, as well as 11 wickets with the ball too – including 3-25 in the most recent game.
  • Mahesh Balasheb Tambe: Has taken eight wickets in his last two matches against Helsinki CC and he has 13 in total this season.

ECC Team Form

Empire CC Lions have won their last five matches in a row, to bounce back well from their only defeat of the season. Jonathan Scamans’ batting and some excellent team bowling made the difference in an 11-run win when these teams last met, while Amjad Sher and Kushagra Bhatnagar took three wickets apiece to set up a low-scoring five-wicket win against Bengal Tigers last time out.

Empire Cricket Club Predicted Playing 11

Vaanraj Padhaal, Amjad Sher (c), Jonathan Scamans (wk), Yasir Ali, Shoaib Qureshi, Mahesh Tambe, Raaz Mohammad, Kushagra Bhatnagar, Muhammad Imran, Ravi Kumar, Abdul Ghafar

Helsinki Cricket Club Team News & Playing 11

HCC Team News

Ghulam Abbas Butt missed the last match between these two teams but his all-round form is key and he could return to the team for this one.

HCC Key Players

  • Khalid Rahman Mangal: Tops Helsinki’s run-scoring charts with 127 to his name so far this season, with a good strike rate of 136.56.
  • Ghulam Abbas Butt: A star all-round performance when these teams met in last year’s final was him at his best. He has runs and wickets this season too, but needs consistency.
  • Abdul Ahad Qureshi: Took a while to settle with his new team, but his runs last time out was a sign he is heading in the right direction.

HCC Team Form

Helsinki have not played since their 11-run defeat to Empire CC Lions, which was their fourth consecutive defeat. Their match against Vantaa was a wash-out, so Helsinki have still not won since opening their title defence with back-to-back wins.

Against the Lions, Abdul Ahad Qureshi hit 38 from 31 balls but lacked support as Helsinki posted just 114/9 in pursuit of 126 to win.

Helsinki Cricket Club Predicted Playing 11

Ghulam Abbas Butt, Khalid Rahman Mangal, Zahidullah Kamal, Abdul Ahad Qureshi, Aniketh Pushthay (c, wk), Maneesh Chauhan, Zakiullah Kamal, Obaidullah Sadiqui, Abdul Wahid Qureshi, Adnan Syed

ECC vs HCC Team Form in Last Five Matches



Empire Cricket Club vs Helsinki Cricket Club Head to Head

Helsinki beat Empire CC Lions in last year’s Finnish T20 Premier League Final, but Empire were victorious when they last met this season. Jonathan Scamans hit 46 in a total of 125/6, before an excellent team bowling display restricted Helsinki to 114/9 in reply.

Empire Cricket Club vs Helsinki Cricket Club Prediction

Empire CC Lions are in excellent form and Helsinki CC are struggling. There is really no other option for this one.

Final Verdict

Empire CC Lions to beat Helsinki CC

ECC vs HCC Dream11 Prediction

  • Wicket-keeper(s):

    Jonathan Scamans has passed 200 runs for the season and top-scored when these teams last met, and yet he still only costs eight credits. He is clearly top value.
  • Batsmen: Khalid Rahman Mangal is capable of quick runs up the order but lacks consistency. He is still worth picking at nine credits though. Muhammad Imran being listed as a batsman is a bit of a bonus, given his all-round credentials. He too is worth nine credits. Vanraaj Padhaal, so key with the bat for Empire last year, is 8.5 credits. As long as he comes back into the team, he too – given he opens – is excellent value.
  • All-rounder(s):

    With Imran listed as a batsman, you can still stock up on quality all-rounders with Amjad Sher, Raaz Muhammad and Mahesh Tambe all in excellent wicket-taking form and Sher batting well too. It leaves space for one option from Helsinki, and Abdul Ahad Qureshi – last year’s top FPL runscorer – has just started to find a bit of his nest batting form again.
  • Bowlers:

    You only have one Empire bowling space left at this point, so the choice is Shoaib Qureshi, Abdul Ghaffar or Kushagra Bhatnagar. With all three in good form, it is a tough choice and any one could deliver. Qureshi’s better batting could make him the slightly better choice. That leaves two spaces that have to be filled by Helsinki bowlers but the choices are limited. Adnan Syed and Obaidullah Sadiqui could be the ones to round off your team.
  • Captain/vice-captain:

    Amjad Sher’s excellent all-round form means he stands out as a captain pick. Wickets from Raaz Muhammad and Mahesh Tambe make those two tempting options too, but Muhammad Imran or Shoaib Qureshi might trump them given his batting too. That said, Tambe’s form against Helsinki should make him worth a punt at vice-captain.

ECC vs HCC Dream11 Team Prediction

  • Batsmen:Khalid Rahman Mangal, Vaanraj Padhaal, Muhammad Imran

  • All Rounder:Abdul Ahad Qureshi, Amjad Sher (c), Raaz Muhammad, Mahesh Tambe (vc)

  • Wicket Keeper:Jonathan Scamans

  • Bowler:Adnan Syed, Obaidullah Sadiqui, Shoaib Qureshi

Posted On 13th July 2020 06:20:59
Posted by Kavin

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