Hampshire and Somerset to battle it out for top spot!
Our Prediction is Hampshire to win!
Host Somerset will be looking to make a strong comeback when they take on Hampshire in the South Group game of Royal London One-Day Cup in Taunton on Sunday.
In their previous game, Somerset was comprehensively beaten by Middlesex at Radlett Cricket Club. Captain Tom Abell will be hoping that side can turn things around with bat and ball in this home fixture.
On the other hand, Hampshire produced a clinical performance with bat and ball to beat Sussex in a game played at The Rose Bowl, Southampton. Captain James Vince will be hoping that the side can maintain their consistency with bat and ball in this game.
Tom Abell-led unit has played excellent cricket so far in this year’s tournament. Despite losing their previous game, Somerset has managed to retain their second position in the league table. The side will be looking to make amends for their mistakes made in the previous game and make a strong comeback in this home fixture.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Azhar Ali, James Hildreth, and Peter Trego to do the bulk of the scoring. Pakistan’s Azhar Ali has shown decent form for the side in this year’s competition. He is currently Somerset’s leading run-scorer with 282 runs in 6 matches at an average of 47.00.
In the previous game, Azhar Ali scored 46 off 60 with the help of four boundaries. He will be looking to put in a decent score for the side in this game. Besides Azhar, Trego and Hildreth will need to produce scores for the side in this game. The duo perished for low scores in the previous game played against Middlesex.
Captain Tom Abell has struggled to get going with the bat in this year’s competition. He has managed to score 140 runs in 5 innings at an average of 28.00. Somerset will be hoping that Abell can find form with the bat in this game.
The lower-order certainly showed a lot of grit and determination for Somerset in the previous game. The likes of Lewis Gregory, Roelof van der Merwe, and Craig Overton chipped in with crucial scores with the bat.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Craig Overton, Josh Davey, and Tim Groenewald to deliver breakthroughs with the new-ball. Pace bowler Craig Overton has been in excellent form for the side so far this season and has picked up 12 wickets at an average of 16.33.
Tom Abell (c), Tom Banton (wk), Peter Trego, Azhar Ali, Josh Davey, Roelof van der Merwe, James Hildreth, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, George Bartlett, Tim Groenewald
The side will be looking to continue their winning streak in this game. Hampshire has performed consistently well in this year’s competition and will be keen to extend their lead in the league table.
James Vince and co. managed to eke out a narrow win over Sussex despite valiant innings from All-rounder David Wiese.
Wicket-keeper Tom Alsop made a strong statement with the bat in the previous game. He produced a splendid century to help the side get off to an excellent start. Alsop scored 124 runs off 132 balls with the help of thirteen fours. He put on a 78-run partnership with Aneurin Donald. Donald also played well and scored 41 off 46 balls with the help of five boundaries. He will be looking to continue his good form in this game.
Aiden Markram batted exceedingly well in the previous game. He notched up his first century of the competition against Sussex. Makram scored 130 runs off 87 balls with the help of sixteen fours and two sixes. He put on a mammoth 184-run partnership with Tom Alsop to help Hampshire post 355 runs in their 50 overs.
James Vince missed the last match against Sussex due to injury. He will be available for this game and will replace Brad Taylor in the playing XI. Rilee Rossouw, Sam Northeast, and Liam Dawson have chipped in with match-winning performances for the side so far in this year’s competition.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Kyle Abbott, Liam Dawson, and Mason Crane to deliver crucial breakthroughs. Abbott and Crane bowled well in the previous game and picked up three wickets apiece.
James Vince (c), Sam Northeast, Aiden Markram, Liam Dawson, Tom Alsop (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Kyle Abbott, Mason Crane, Gareth Berg, Aneurin Donald, James Fuller
The wicket prepared for the game will be excellent for batting. The bowlers will need to work hard to take wickets on this surface. The weather forecast for the game on Sunday will be partly cloudy with a moderate breeze.
The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton is set to host all the home games for Somerset in this year’s competition. Somerset have managed to win two out of two games played this season at this venue. Somerset have a good head-to-head record against Hampshire in the competition.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to bat first and put up a big score on the board. The spinners also will struggle to get anything out of this placid surface. The last two games have been won by sides batting first.
Somerset will need to bring their A-game to the table in order to compete with Hampshire. The side will need to produce an improved batting performance in order to get a positive result out of this game.
On the other hand, Hampshire has a far superior batting lineup with the likes of James Vince, Aiden Markram, and Tom Alsop, scoring heavily in this year’s tournament.
Expect Hampshire to continue their winning streak in the competition.
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