Glamorgan’s challenge against a strong Somerset side
Somerset to win
In the next game of the Central Group in T20 Blast 2020 hosts Somerset would be playing against Glamorgan. It will be an important game for both the sides as they lost their respective previous games and have already pushed themselves down in the points table. Somerset hasn’t won a game so far in the season and there would be added pressure on them to perform at their home ground.
Glamorgan’s batting is not looking in great form at the moment and this adds to the pressure on the side. They will be up against a bowling attack that has good amount of experience and it will be challenge for their batsmen. Somerset on the other hand has had good record against their opponents and the side would look forward to drawing inspiration from their wins in the previous seasons.
Tom Abell would be upset having missed out on a big win against Northamptonshire Steelbacks in the last game by 9 runs. They went about their chase well but there was too much on the board for them to win. Abell and his men would take lessons from the previous game and look to make improvements in this one.
George Bartlett looked in good form and he along with Steven Davies will look forward to providing the side with a good start. James Hildreth also played well and it was a fighting knock from Roelof van der Merwe that nearly took them to victory in the last game. The side would like to see better performance with the bat in the middle order from Edward Byrom, Ben Green and Craig Overton in this game.
Their bowling was off the mark in the last game though Max Waller did bowl a miserly spell in the game. Craig Overton and Ollie Sale will need to tighten their lines and grab wickets with the new ball. With Jamie Overton, van der Merwe and Green in the bowling unit they have the variety to trouble their opponents.
Tom Abell (c), George Bartlett, Steven Davies (wk), James Hildreth, Edward Byrom, Ben Green, Craig Overton, Roelof van der Merwe, Jamie Overton, Ollie Sale, Max Waller
|R Van Der Merwe||39||24||4||0||162.5|
Ben Green, Steven Davies, Tom Abell, Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Max Waller, RE Van Der Merwe, Ollie Sale, Eddie Byrom, George Bartlett, James Hildreth
It was a below par show from Chris Cooke’s side in the last game against the Birmingham Bears which they ended up losing by 6 wickets. The side would be looking forward to a better show with the bat in this game. They are up against a good bowling line-up and shall need to do well here.
Apart from Cooke none of the batsmen in the top order scored runs in the last game. The side would be expecting a positive start from Daniel Douthwaite and Billy Root. They did well at the start of the season and need to repeat that. Andy Balbirnie, Kiran Carlson and Marchant de Lange will have to play good knocks and avoid playing poor strokes as they did in the last game.
On the bowing front Prem Sisodiya and Andrew Salter have looked in good form so far in the season and the side will be expecting them to grab early wickets in the game. Timm van der Gugten was expensive in the last game and shall have to improve his line and length. de Lange and Douthwaite will have to contain the hard hitting Somerset batsmen in the middle overs.
Chris Cooke (c & wk), Billy Root, Daniel Douthwaite, Andrew Balbirnie, Kiran Carlson, Callum Taylor, Graham Wagg, Andrew Salter, Marchant de Lange, Timm van der Gugten, Prem Sisodiya
|M de Lange||9||9||0||1||100|
Callum Taylor, Timm van der Gugten, Graham Wagg, Marchant de Lange, Billy Root, Prem Sisodiya, Andrew Salter, Daniel Douthwaite, Andy Balbirnie, Kiran Carlson, Chris Cooke
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||10||0 mm.||1.85 k/h||From: SSW||76%|
|03h||10||0 mm.||1.26 k/h||From: S||21%|
|06h||10||0 mm.||0.99 k/h||From: S||7%|
|09h||15||0 mm.||2.29 k/h||From: SSE||1%|
|12h||18||0 mm.||2.59 k/h||From: SSW||1%|
|15h||17||0 mm.||2.48 k/h||From: S||60%|
|18h||15||0 mm.||2.67 k/h||From: SSW||76%|
|21h||14||0 mm.||2.02 k/h||From: SSW||93%|
The skies would be cloudy at Taunton on September 1 and this is likely to have an effect on the track. It has always been a good track to bat on where batsmen can play their stroke. We expect this pitch to create good contest between the bat and the ball. The side batting first here would target a score in excess of 160 runs to feel comfortable.
The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton is one of the smallest grounds in UK and this has made it a paradise for batsmen. Big scores have been made here and there is little room for errors for the bowlers. Fast bowlers do get their assistance from the surface but spinners have always struggled here due to the shorter boundaries all around.
Several big scores have been set and chased on this venue in the past. There are always lots of boundaries on offer and most sides have tried to leverage this. Setting a score has been the winning formula here and hence we expect the side winning the toss to bat first with the aim of putting up a big score.
Glamorgan comes into this game with a big loss where their batsmen didn’t play according to the plans. Their record against Somerset doesn’t inspire much of confidence and they have always struggled at this venue. Somerset on the other hand is playing at their home ground and they know these conditions pretty well. They have good firepower in their batting and this will make them favorites in this contest.
Somerset to win