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Gloucestershire to take on Somerset while both teams try to secure their first win
We predict that Gloucestershire will defeat Somerset.
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ODI | Venue: County Ground, Bristol | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Not a start both the teams would have wanted to start off their campaign in The Royal London Cup, both the teams will be looking to get off the mark as they face off against each other. Somerset suffered a heavy 10 wicket loss in their first game against Nottinghamshire, resulting in a devastating start to the campaign. Whilst getting bowled out at 119 in 35.4 overs, James Rew scored 48 off 69 balls, giving the Somerset bowlers something to bowl at while the rest of the batting lineup fell apart.
The bowling was not given much to play with and not being able to pick up a single wicket was testimony to the poor performance. Somerset will expect a lot more from veteran fast bowler Peter Siddle as they go along the Royal London Cup. Gloucestershire would be very concerned as they have now lost 2 games in a row and would definitely want a move on and get started on the points table.
James Bracey was in fine form for Gloucestershire against Sussex, scoring 87 off 86 balls. Paul van Meekeren picked up an impressive 5 Wicket haul in his allotted quota giving away 48 runs, and a very impressive economy rate of 4.80. The form of Marcus Harris will be a concern, and Gloucestershire will want him to deliver soon. It will be a fascinating contest as both teams will be eager to register their first win.
Two losses in two games, have really put the pressure on the Gloucestershire side in the early stages of the Royal London Cup. The batting again was the stronger department as everyone chipped it with valuable contributions, however, the team will want at least one player to go on and get a big hundred and the rest of the team contribute around it. Zafar Gohar continued his impressive form scoring a free-flowing 53 off 42 balls, while James Bracey was the stand-out batsman scoring 87 runs. While the batting still looks like it will definitely improve over the tournament, the form of Marcus Harris will be a matter of huge debate throughout the tournament. Batting at number 3, he has the responsibility to take the team forward and make sure the team gets to a respectable score or chase down a total successfully.
The bowling has definitely been the weaker department of the two and a lot of improvements will be needed if the team has to do well. Paul van Meekeren picked up an impressive 5 Wicket haul in his allotted quota giving away 48 runs, at a very impressive economy rate of 4.80. Tom Smith and Captain Jack Taylor picked up 2 wickets each at an economy of 6 per over. But the efforts amassed to nothing, as Sussex managed to still put on an impressive total of 334.
Gloucestershire will want to put behind the disappointment of the last few games and make sure to get off on the points table with a win against Somerset
Key Players: Zafar Gohar, James Bracey, Paul van Meekeren, Ben Wills
Chris Dent, Ben Wells, Marcus Harris, James Bracey (wk), Oliver Price, Jack Taylor (c), Zafar Gohar, Tom Price, Tom Smith, Josh Shaw, Paul van Meekeren
If the first match was any indication, there will be a lot to work to do for Somerset going forward in this tournament. The performance of the top order had nothing noteworthy as the top 5 batsmen were dismissed for less than 15 runs. A better batting performance will be expected of the top 4, especially from Matt Renshaw. However, the middle order tried to rescue the sinking ship as James Rew and Captain Ben Green tried to put up some fight and get Somerset to a respectable total, but it was not enough.
As crushing as a 10 Wicket defeat can get, not a lot can be said of the bowlers given how little they had to defend. What will be a matter of concern is that the total was however chased in a mere 11.4 overs, adding insult to injury. The bowling unit will try to put this out of the way as soon as possible and try to rectify the mistakes of the last game in the crucial encounter against Gloucestershire.
Key Players: Matt Renshaw, Peter Siddle, James Rew, Ben Green
Matt Renshaw, Steven Davies (wk), George Bartlett, James Hildreth, Lewis Goldsworthy, James Rew, Ben Green (c), Kasey Aldridge, Peter Siddle, Jack Brooks, Sonny Baker
The weather will be perfect for cricket, with a 1-2% chance of raining on match day. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 24°C - 13°C range.
The County Ground in Bristol has a decent crowd capacity of around 8000 people. The average first innings score here is 242, which could make the game fascinating to watch.
As both teams are struggling with their bowling, teams will look to win the toss and bowl first. As it is quite early in the tournament and also the ground is famous for teams chasing winning the game, bowling first will be the way to go after winning the toss.
Gloucestershire are coming on the back of 2 losses in a row, they would definitely want to bounce back as quickly as possible and they have the firepower that are quite capable of doing so. On the other hand, Somerset will look to put up a better show than they did in the first outing and get started on the points table. As resilient as Somerset might be, Gloucestershire should win this game comfortably given the form of their batsmen.
We predict that Gloucestershire will defeat Somerset.
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