Somerset vs Essex, VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021, Today Match Prediction

09 June 2021 | 23:00 | The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, England
185/7 in 20.0 9.25
187/7 in 18.5 9.93 winner

Toss Winner - Essex won the toss and chose to bowl first

winner Essex beat Somerset by 3 wickets

Somerset eye a strong start against Essex at Taunton

  • Last year, Essex and Somerset failed to make to the knockout stages of the competition.
  • Babar Azam and Tom Abell were standout performers for Somerset last season.
  • Ryan Ten Doeschate and Simon Harmer showed decent form for Essex in the previous edition of T20 Blast.

Expect Somerset to comfortably brush aside Essex at Taunton

  • Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021
  • Format: T20
  • Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, England
  • Toss: To Bat

VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021

Name M Won Lost Tied NR PTs NRR
Lancashire 1 1 0 0 0 2 0.369
Worcestershire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nottinghamshire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Leicestershire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Yorkshire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Warwickshire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Northamptonshire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Durham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Derbyshire 1 0 1 0 0 0 -0.369
PTs NRR M Won Lost Tied NR
2 0.369 1 1 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 -0.369 1 0 1 0 0
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som vs ess Match Prediction & Analysis

Somerset and Essex will battle it out in the third match of 2021 Vitality T20 Blast competition that will be played at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton on Wednesday.

Last year, Essex failed to make an impression as a unit and could only register two wins out of ten played in the competition. Captain Simon Harmer will be hoping that the side can deliver a decent show in this opening fixture.

On the other hand, Somerset will be hoping to turn things around in this year’s competition. Skipper Lewis Gregory will be hoping that the side can start their campaign on a positive note.

Teams Preview

Somerset Preview

The county side have signed New Zealand batsman Devon Conway for the second half of the T20 Blast competition. Left-hander is currently playing for New Zealand in the ongoing two-match Test series against England.

Besides Roelof van der Merwe and Merchant de Lange are other notable overseas players available for the coming season of T20 Blast competition.

Last year, Babar Azam showed sensational form with the bat. This year, Babar Azam is not available as he will be representing Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League that is going to begin in a week’s time in the United Arab Emirates.

In the batting department, the side will be depending on wicket-keeper batsman Tom Banton, Tom Abell and Steven Davies to deliver the bulk of the runs.

Last season, middle-order batsman Tom Abell showed decent form with the bat for Somerset. In nine matches played, Abell scored 227 runs with a strike rate of 136.74. He will be looking to get some runs under his belt in this fixture.

Tom Lammonby, Lewis Gregory and Lewis Goldsworthy will make up the middle-order for Somerset for this game.

In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Josh Davey, Max Waller and Ollie Sale to make crucial breakthroughs in this contest

Somerset Predicted Playing XI:

Lewis Gregory (c), Steven Davies (wk), Tom Banton, Will Smeed, Tom Abell, Lewis Goldsworthy, Tom Lammonby, Josh Davey, Roelof van der Merwe, Ollie Sale, Max Waller

Somerset Actual Playing XI:

Marchant de Lange, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, Tom Abell, Josh Davey, Max Waller, RE Van Der Merwe, Jack Brooks, Eddie Byrom, Tom Banton, James Hildreth

Essex Preview

2019 T20 Blast Champions will be hoping that they can put in an improved performance with bat and ball in this year’s competition.

Captain Simon Harmer will be looking to select their best combination for this opening encounter. The county side has signed New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham and former Australian pacer Peter Siddle to bolster the overall squad for this year’s competition.

In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Ryan Ten Doeschate, Tom Westley and James Neesham to deliver the bulk of the runs.

Last year, Ryan Ten Doeschate was the standout performer for the side with the bat. He accumulated 255 runs in nine innings at a strike rate of 137.09 with one half-century to his name. The team management will be hoping that Doeschate can continue his impressive form with the bat in the coming T20 Blast season.

With Daniel Lawrence not available due to international commitments with England, wicket-keeper Michael Pepper will have to make decent contributions with the bat.

In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Matt Quinn, Aron Nijjar and Simon Harmer to provide crucial breakthroughs in this contest.

Essex Predicted Playing XI:

Simon Harmer (c), Ryan ten Doeschate, Tom Westley, James Neesham, Michael-Kyle Pepper (wk), Paul Walter, Matthew Quinn, Jack Plom, Aron Nijjar, Samuel Cook, Peter Siddle.

Essex Actual Playing XI:

Paul Walter, Aron Nijjar, Samuel Cook, Tom Westley, RN ten Doeschate, Jack Plom, Adam Wheater, Simon Harmer, Michael Pepper, Jamie Porter, James Neesham

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 12 0 mm. 0.52 k/h From: SW 39%
03h 11 0 mm. 1.33 k/h From: SW 31%
06h 12 0 mm. 1.6 k/h From: SSW 24%
09h 17 0 mm. 2.95 k/h From: SW 17%
12h 19 0 mm. 4.4 k/h From: SW 40%
15h 19 0.38 mm. 3.64 k/h From: SW 100%
18h 18 1.68 mm. 3.57 k/h From: WSW 97%
21h 15 0.23 mm. 2.05 k/h From: SW 89%

Weather Conditions

Traditionally, the pitch at Taunton is always placid one with plenty of runs for the batsmen. The weather forecast is going to be light clouds in the evening with no sign of rain.

Venue Details

The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton is going to host the third game of 2021 Vitality T20 Blast competition between Essex and Somerset.

Somerset definitely have the advantage going into this contest as they won their previous two matches against Essex.

Toss: To Bat

Both the sides will be looking to win the toss, bat first and post a mammoth score on the board.  Average first innings in a T20I matches played at Taunton is around 190 runs.

SOM vs ESS Winning Prediction

Based on both the squads, Somerset will be slight favorites to win their game against Essex. With likes of Tom Banton, Lewis Gregory and Roelof van der Merwe available for Somerset, the county side will be looking to deliver a strong statement with bat and ball in their opening clash.

On the other hand, Essex will have to produce something special with bat and ball in order to push Somerset in this contest.

Expect Somerset to comfortably brush aside Essex at Taunton

Author: Shoaib Z.