Nottinghamshire and Somerset Face Off for a Spot in the Final
Our Prediction is Nottinghamshire to win this game!
Host Nottinghamshire will be looking to seal their place in the finals when they take on Somerset in the 1st semifinal game of the Royal London One-Day competition played at Nottingham on Sunday.
Nottinghamshire has done exceedingly well in this year’s competition and finished at the top of the league table with 13 points in 8 matches. Captain Steven Mullaney will be hoping that the side can deliver a pitch-perfect performance in this knockout game.
On the other hand, Somerset managed to surprise everyone with their splendid performance against Worcestershire. Captain Tom Abell and co. will be looking to maintain their winning momentum in this semifinal game against Nottinghamshire.
Coming into this contest, Nottinghamshire will be confident of doing well against Somerset in this semifinal at Trent Bridge.
In the batting department, Nottinghamshire will be relying on the likes of Alex Hales, Joe Clarke, and Steven Mullaney to deliver runs with the bat in this game. Opening batsman Joe Clarke is leading run-scorer for Nottinghamshire so far this season with 326 runs in 8 matches at an average of 46.57. He will be focused to make a strong comeback in this semifinal game after not doing much in the previous two matches. Captain Steven Mullaney has scored a lot of runs for Nottinghamshire in this year’s competition. He will be looking to produce a decent score against Somerset in this game.
All-rounder Samit Patel smashed a scintillating century to help Nottinghamshire eke out a narrow win in their last round-robin game. He scored unbeaten 136 runs off 124 balls with the help of fifteen fours and a six. It was an incredible comeback as Nottinghamshire were reeling at 116 for 5 after 24.1 overs. Patel was well supported by wicket-keeper batsman Tom Moores, who scored 69 off 55 balls with the help of five fours and four sixes. Moores joined hands with Patel and formed a 112-run partnership to keep Nottinghamshire in the hunt to win the game.
In the bowling department, Luke Fletcher has been a standout performer for the side in this year’s competition. He has claimed 16 wickets in 7 matches at an average of 20.25. Jake Ball and Samit Patel bowled well for the side in the previous game against Northamptonshire.
Steven Mullaney (captain), Chris Nash, Ben Duckett, Joe Clarke, Alex Hales, Tom Moores (wk), Samit Patel, Matthew Carter, Luke Fletcher, Jake Ball, James Pattinson
On the other hand, Somerset will need to put in an exceptional performance to upstage Nottinghamshire in the semifinals of the competition. The side notched up back-to-back victories in the competition to set up a clash with Nottinghamshire.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Tom Banton, Azhar Ali and James Hildreth to do the bulk of the scoring against Nottinghamshire. Wicket-keeper Tom Banton produced a splendid century in the quarterfinal game played against Worcestershire. He smashed 112 runs off 103 balls with the help of thirteen fours and three sixes.
James Hildreth, Azhar Ali, Peter Trego contributed with crucial scores in the quarterfinal game played against Worcestershire. The batting trio will need to deliver runs with the bat in order for Somerset to upstage Nottinghamshire in their backyard.
The lower-order showed courage and added crucial runs to see Somerset post a mammoth score on the board. George Bartlett, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, and Jamie Overton chipped in with crucial runs for the side in the previous game.
In the bowling department, Somerset will be reliant on medium pacer Craig Overton who is currently side’s leading wicket-taker in the competition with 18 wickets to his name. Part-time Leg-spinner Azhar Ali picked up a five-wicket haul for Somerset in the previous game.
Josh Davey, Lewis Gregory, and Roelof van der Merwe also picked up key wickets for Somerset in their quarterfinal game against Worcestershire.
Tom Abell (captain), Tom Banton (wk), Peter Trego, Azhar Ali, Josh Davey, Roelof van der Merwe, James Hildreth, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, George Bartlett, Jamie Overton
The wicket prepared for the game will be full of runs so expect a high scoring game between Nottinghamshire and Somerset. The bowlers will need to toil hard to pick wickets on this placid surface. The weather forecast for the game on Sunday is going to be sunny intervals with a gentle breeze.
Nottinghamshire has managed to win all their games played in this year’s competition. The average score at this venue is between 300 to 350 runs. Nottinghamshire will take heart from the fact they have an excellent head-to-head against Somerset in the competition.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and put up a mammoth total on the board. The batsmen will certainly dominate the proceedings at this venue. Nottinghamshire has not lost a game at this venue this season.
Host Nottinghamshire will be favorites to take this match as they playing in their home conditions. Steven Mullaney-led unit has played phenomenal cricket in this year’s competition and will be looking to clinch their place in the finals of the competition. The home side has quality players like Alex Hales, Samit Patel and Joe Clarke in their ranks, who can decimate quality bowling attacks on a given day.
On the other hand, Somerset will need to bring their A-game to the table in order to push Nottinghamshire in this contest. The side’s bowling lineup is not that strong in comparison with Nottinghamshire.
Expect Nottinghamshire to qualify for the finals of the competition.
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