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Test for Falcons’ bowlers against powerful Somerset batting
Somerset to win
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, United Kingdom | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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It is the 4th quarterfinal in Vitality T20 Blast, 2022 and Somerset would take on the Derbyshire Falcons at their home ground. Both sides won their last league games and would feel confident coming into this contest. Somerset registered a big win against Surrey while the Falcons also chased down a big score against Durham in the last game.
The Derbyshire Falcons have lacked consistency with the ball and their openers have also not been at their best. The side would have to overcome this challenge as they take on one of the best sides in the tournament. Somerset has played on this surface, and they know the conditions well which will make it an interesting contest.
Tom Abell’s side has had a good run in the tournament. It was an incredible show from the side in their last league game where they defeated the table toppers Surrey by 47 runs. This was just the kind of show the side needed ahead of the knockout stages. They are playing at their home ground and Abell shall like his players to put their best foot forward in this game and reach the semi-finals.
Will Smeed has had a good tournament, but the side would need a good show from the other opener Tom Banton who has been wasting his starts. The middle-order is power-packed for the team with Rilee Rossouw, Tom Lammonby and Tom Abell having made runs in earlier games. The side has depth in its batting, and they would like to see quick runs from Lewis Gregory, Ben Green, and Roelof van der Merwe in this contest.
Craig Overton comes here with a strong performance in the last game, and he would look to get early breakthroughs sharing the new ball with Josh Davey. Peter Siddle is an experienced bowler, and he will have to keep things under check in the middle overs. The side would also need good spells from Green, Gregory, and van der Merwe as Derbyshire Falcons have good hitters of the ball in their squad.
Tom Abell (c), Will Smeed, Tom Banton (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Tom Lammonby, Lewis Gregory, Ben Green, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Peter Siddle
Shan Masood’s side gained momentum when it mattered the most. They defeated Durham Cricket by 5 wickets in the last game to qualify for the quarterfinals. Masood would know the strengths Somerset has playing in home conditions. His side shall need to put its best foot forward in this game to reach the semifinal.
Shan Masood has been in excellent form, but Luis Reece has been inconsistent, and the pair would need to deliver a strong performance opening the batting for the side. Wayne Madsen’s hundred in the last game would add to his confidence. He would look to build partnerships in the middle order with Hilton Cartwright and Leus de Plooy. Brook Guest is a good hitter of the ball, and he would like to add quick runs with Alex Hughes.
Their bowlers would have a big challenge in this game and early wickets would be needed from Mark Watt and Ben Aitchison in this game. Mattie McKiernan looked good in the last game, and he would look to keep the scoring rate under check in the middle overs along with George Scrimshaw. Hughes and Reece must improve their line for the side to win this game.
Shan Masood (c), Luis Reece, Leus du Plooy, Hilton Cartwright, Wayne Madsen, Alex Hughes, Brooke Guest (wk), Mattie McKiernan, Ben Aitchison, George Scrimshaw, Mark Watt
The skies over Taunton would have slight cloud cover on July 9. The batting conditions are expected to be good as always at this venue. The wicket has produced lots of runs and batsmen have been able to play their strokes on the up. Bowlers don’t have any room for error. A score of 180 runs or more is something the side batting first shall aim at.
The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton is a batsman’s paradise as the small boundaries and flat wicket allow them to score runs easily. Fast bowlers do get some assistance on this track with the new ball, but they have no margin for error. Spinners have struggled here as the small size of the ground makes it difficult to put brakes on the scoring rate.
This venue has been a batsman’s paradise and teams have chased down big scores here in the past. The wicket has some assistance for bowlers early in the game. Thus, the side winning the toss here shall opt to bowl first and aim at restricting the opponents to a small total.
Derbyshire Falcons come here with back-to-back wins, but the side has a herculean challenge ahead of them. Their bowlers have looked in poor shape and key players have been inconsistent with the bat. The side would need a complete team effort to win this game. Somerset has been one of the best sides this season and has its key players in good form. They are playing at home, and this would make them favorites to win the contest.
Somerset to win
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