SKK Rapids vs Empire CC Lions Match Prediction

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Empire Cricket Club ECC Empire Cricket Club

Betting Tips

  • The top two teams in the Finnish T20 Premier League, SKK Rapids and Empire CC Lions, meet in a key clash at the top.
  • The Rapids have won nine of their ten completed games after seeing off FPC in a rain-affected clash last time out - their one defeat was against Empire.
  • Empire got back to winning ways in a rain-reduced game last time out, meanwhile. They have now won eight from 11 in total.

Chance of Winning



Our Prediction

SKK Rapids are favorites to win

SKK Stadin ja Keravan Kriketti vs Empire CC Lions (Finnish Premier League

Table-topping SKK Rapids can seal top spot in the Finnish T20 Premier League if they beat second-placed Empire CC Lions – the only team they have lost to so far this season. The match, at the Kerava National Cricket Ground, takes place on July 31 and the live action starts at 18:00 local time.

The Rapids have won nine of their ten completed matches so far this season and with three league fixtures remaining they are top of the group by six points from Empire. They maintained their lead last time out with a rain-reduced win against FPC, which means victory in this game will secure top spot ahead of the play-offs.

Empire CC Lions are the only team to have beaten the Rapids this season, after a thrilling, low-scoring win when they last met. Their form had dipped, with two defeats ending a long unbeaten run, but they got back on track with their own rain-reduced win last time out to move to eight wins in 11 matches.

SKK Stadin ja Keravan Kriketti vs Empire CC Lions Live streaming

Live streaming: European Cricket Network

Toss Prediction

Empire CC Lions won fielding first last time they met, but the preference is usually to bat first.

Weather Report

The weather should improve in Kerava for this match, with a mostly sunny evening forecast.

Pitch Condition

The Kerava wicket has started to lean more towards the batsmen and some more good weather will help in that regard.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for SKK Stadin ja Keravan Kriketti vs Empire CC Lions (Finnish Premier League).

SKK Rapids Team News & Playing 11

SKK Team News

Jordan O’Brien was available again last time out, but Peter Gallagher retained his spot at the top of the batting order, opening with Nathan Collins. The three, if available, will be the top three though. Missing last time out was key all-rounder Jake Goodwin, and the Rapids will be keen to welcome him back for this game against their nearest rivals so far.

SKK Key Players

  • Nathan Collins: Set the tone last time out, hitting 26* from 16 balls at the top of the order and he now has 228 runs so far this season.
  • Jordan O’Brien: A breezy innings last time out kept the Rapids ticking over and he now has 142 rims from the six matches he has been available for.
  • Atif Rasheed: Took his 11th wicket of the season last time out and then finished the job with the bat too to continue his all-round form.

SKK Team Form

SKK Rapids are unbeaten in their last six matches, having seen off Vantaa in a low-scoring match thanks to a strong all-round performance from Peter Gallagher, before their rain-reduced win against FPC. In an eight-over game, SKK were set 71 to win but Nathan Collins top-scored as they got home with seven balls to spare for the loss of just two wickets.

SKK Rapids Predicted Playing 11

Nathan Collins, Peter Gallagher, Jordan O’Brien, Ponniah Vijendran, Atif Rasheed, Jake Goodwin, Raja Waqas, Qaiser Siddique (c), Areeb Quadir (wk), Yathu Vijayaratnam, Kamalraj Chandrasekeran

Empire Cricket Club Team News & Playing 11

ECC Team News

Jonathan Scamans returned last time out, though Vaanraj Padhaal missed out – prompting Empire to promote Ravi Kumar to open the batting with Amjad Sher. For such a key game at the top, however, this is the one they need to be at full strength for.

ECC Key Players

  • Jonathan Scamans: Back in the team last time out and batted steadily to move to 247 runs for the season, playing a key role with the bat so far.
  • Amjad Sher: The captain opened the batting last time out and moved to 144 runs for the season, before taking 2-11 with the ball – his 15th and 16th wickets so far.
  • Raaz Mohammad: There is often very little to choose between him and Mahesh Tambe in an excellent bowling attack, but his 3-12 last time out means he now has 19 wickets for the season.

ECC Team Form

Empire CC fell short with two poor displays in a 45-run loss to Helsinki and a 43-run defeat to GYM Helsinki Gymkhana, in which they were bowled out for just 88. Last time out, they were unconvincing with the bat as they posted 95/8 on a slow wicket, in wet conditions, against Vantaa but their bowlers came through for them. Raaz Mohammad (3-12), Mahesh Tambe (3-6) and Amjad Sher (2-11) led the way as they bowled Vantaa out for 55.

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

SKK Rapids vs Empire Cricket Club Team Form in Last Five Matches



SKK vs ECC Head to Head

Empire are the only team to have beaten SKK Rapids so far this season. When they last met, the Rapids lost regular wickets as they posted 112/9 from their 20 overs – Abdul Ghafar taking three of the wickets to fall, and Mahesh Tambe and Raaz Mohammad two apiece. In reply, Shoaib Qureshi’s 30 from 24 balls proved key as Empire reached 114/7 in 19.3 overs to seal a thrilling three-wicket win.

SKK Rapids vs Empire Cricket Club Prediction

Empire CC Lions are the only team to have beaten SKK Rapids so far and the in-form league leaders can get some revenge for a moral edge ahead of the play-offs.

Final Verdict

SKK Stadin ja Keravan Kriketti to beat Empire CC Lions

SKK vs ECC Dream11 Prediction

  • Wicket-keeper(s):

    Straight off there is a difficult choice to make. Jordan O’Brien and Jonathan Scamans, when they play, are among the key batsmen for their respective teams. Both merit selection without a doubt – but that would limit you to three all-rounders when there are so many to pick. If either misses out, it would help solve that conundrum. Scamans scored slowly last time out, while O’Brien dropped to three. It is a difficult job splitting them. O’Brien does play for the league leaders though, and the Rapids will need a big performance from him.
  • Batsmen:

    Luckily, two of the key all-rounders are listed as batsmen – Peter Gallagher for SKK Rapids and Muhammad Imran for Empire CC Lions. Both are in good form and both are definite picks, especially Gallagher after his recent performances and promotion up the batting order. Opening partner Nathan Collins has rediscovered his best batting form, meanwhile, and he comes in at a great-value nine credits too.
  • All-rounder(s):

    If you do opt for just one wicket-keeper, the choice of all-rounders is fairly simple. Amjad Sher is in excellent all-round form, Mahesh Tambe is a key bowler who has batted well at times too and taken stacks of wickets and Raaz Muhammad is the leading wicket-taker and third part of that excellent Empire bowling triumvirate. For SKK Rapids, Atif Rasheed is their key all-rounder and he is also in good form with bat and ball on the same level as Sher. If you go for two wicket-keepers, it is a tough choice of which Empire all-rounder to ditch.
  • Bowlers:

    Shoaib Qureshi is another key all-rounder, and he is listed as a bowler. He has nine credits so far and Abdul Ghaffar – who bowled well when these teams last met – is the same price. If both play, both should be considered definite picks with Kushagra Bhatnagar as an alternative. For the Rapids, Yathu Vijayaratnam and Raja Waqas are both 8.5 credits and it is a choice between them.
  • Captain/vice-captain:

    In total then, there are up to six key all-rounders to choose from for captain or vice-captain. Atif Rasheed is in good batting and bowling form for the Rapids, though Peter Gallagher’s recent form may give him an edge. Amjad Sher is up the order too, and while Mahesh Tambe and Raaz Muhammad have more wickets, Sher could star with both bat and ball in this one.

SKK vs ECC Dream11 Team Prediction

  • Batsmen:Peter Gallagher (vc), Nathan Collins, Muhammad Imran

  • All Rounder:Atif Rasheed, Amjad Sher (c), Mahesh Tambe, Raaz Muhammad

  • Wicket Keeper:Jordan OBrien

  • Bowler:Yathu Vijayaratnam, Shoaib Qureshi, Abdul Ghaffar

Posted On 31st July 2020 09:55:06
Posted by Kavin

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