Our prediction is Somerset will win the match!
Gloucestershire: The form of batsmen Gareth Roderick (219 runs), James Robert (190 runs) and Chris dent (179 runs) have been consistent and scored runs for the team. George Hankins has been dismissed for three single digit scores and has a total of just 43 runs in 4 innings. No batsmen scored 50 in the last match and the highest score was 45 runs made by Ryan Higgins. They have very less contribution from lower middle order batsman. Benny Howell, Jack Taylor and Ryan Higgins have made only a single fifty plus score so far. Bowling unit has bowled out opposition in two out of four matches and has been taken for runs over 300 only once in the four matches. Chris Riddle is their highest wicket taker with 8 wickets but is on the higher side in the economy rate. Ryan Higgins, David Payne and Honey Bowell are frugal with their economy rate and have given runs at an economy rate much lesser than 6 RPO. The inabilities of bowlers to take wickets at regular intervals even though, they are economical with their run rates.
Somerset: They are the in-form team with four wins in a row and have momentum by their side. Their batsmen are able to score at a healthy strike rate and they scored 359 runs in just 39 overs last match. Azhar Ali and Peter Trego scored century’s last match to post a huge total on board. Other batsmen have made good contributions from Tom Banton (1X100s), James Hildreth (2X50s) and Lewis Gregory (2X50s) in the batting line-up. Skipper Tom Abell`s form with the bat is a big worry and he is yet to make a fifty this season (90 runs in three innings). Their bowler’s ability to take early wickets has put them in prime position in the last two matches which was decided by the DL par score. Craig Overturn (10 wickets), Josh Davey (7 wickets) and Tim Groenewald (6 wickets) has taken the bulk of wickets and dented the opposition early in the match. Craig Overturn`s all-round form with bat and ball. He has scored 121 runs at a strike rate of 136 during death overs apart from scalping 10 wickets. Lewis Gregory was taken for 54 runs in just 4 overs last match and was clueless against attacking batsmen. With four wins in a row, complacency may creep in and destroy the team`s winning momentum.
James Robert Braceley – He has scores of 40, 57, 83 runs in the three matches he played so far. His form with the bat makes the middle order stronger and other batsmen may play around him and score freely.
David Payne – David Payne made an impact in the bowling straight away with bowling figures of 2/45 & 2/65 in the two matches he played. He has taken a wicket in his first over in both the matches.
Top performers so far:
Gareth Roderick – 219 runs, Avg. – 73, HS-100*, 100s-1, 50s-1
Chris Liddle – 8 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 30.4, Economy – 7.6 RPO, BB – 4/66
Chris Liddle, Benny Howell, Thomas Smith, Chris Dent (c), David Payne, Jack Taylor, Gareth Roderick (wk), Graeme van Buuren, Ryan Higgins, George Hankins, James Robert Bracey
James Hildreth – Hildreth has two fifty plus scores of 67 & 81 in last three matches. He was dismissed for 40 runs of just 18 balls last match trying to up the scoring rate in the end overs. It looks like he will breach the three figure score sooner with this batting form.
Josh Davey – Davey has taken 9 wickets and given away runs at an economy rate of just 4.4 RPO. To add to it, he bowls in the powerplay and the death overs. He has taken 6 wickets in the first 10 overs this season.
Top performers so far
James Hildreth – 211 runs, Avg. – 52.8, HS-81, 50s-2
Craig Overturn – 10 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 9.6, Economy – 3.8 RPO, BB – 5/18 & 121 runs with bat.
James Hildreth, Roelof van der Merwe, Peter Trego, Azhar Ali, Josh Davey, Tim Groenewald, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Tom Abell (c), George Bartlett, Tom Banton (wk)
Gloucestershire is a bowling friendly wicket but batsman once set will feel confident in this pitch. The pitch has something in it for both pacers and spinners. The rain spells are coming to end in English weather and we must have a full match without any interruptions as per weather report.
Due to the rain in the last week, the pitch may retain some moisture and bowlers may exploit it early to get swing on the ball. Both captains will look to utilize the overcast evening conditions with the ball.
Gloucestershire with two wins in their home ground and Somerset with an undefeated streak of 4 matches have very little to separate them. But, Somerset`s ability to win in both away and home conditions puts them slightly ahead in the contest. We are going to have a blockbuster contest when two in-form teams clash.
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