Last opportunity for Hampshire Hawk to get their campaign going
Somerset to win
Hampshire Hawks have a mountain to climb as they play the 69th game of the Vitality T20 Blast against Somerset. The side has seen the last two games being washed away by rain and hasn’t looked in the best of form so far. Somerset comes into this game after a massive win against Surrey and they would look to continue with the same form.
Hampshire Hawks have so far managed just one win in their six games and they are sitting on the 8th spot in the points table. The side has to win this game by a big margin to realistically keep their hopes alive for a place in the next round. It will be interesting to see how they approach this game as Somerset looked good in the last game.
Lewis Gregory would be happy with the way his side played in the last game. Their bowlers kept Surrey to a small total in the game and batsmen went about clinically chasing the score winning the game by 7 wickets in the end. Gregory would want his players to continue with the same momentum and improve their position on the points table with a win in this game.
The side would look for a good start in this game from openers Tom Banton and James Hildreth who have scored runs in the season. Will Smeed did well in the last game and strengthens the middle order along with Lewis Goldsworthy and Tom Lammonboy. The side would look at Gregory, Ben Green and Craig Overton to use the long handle towards the end of the innings.
Jack Leach and Overton bowled well in the last game and the side would want them to get them breakthroughs with the new ball. Josh Davey was expensive and the side would need him to bowl in the right areas. Gregory, Max Waller and Lewis Goldsworthy add to the bowling options for the side in this game.
Lewis Gregory (c), Tom Banton (wk), James Hildreth, Will Smeed, Lewis Goldsworthy, Tom Lammonby, Ben Green, Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Jack Leach, Max Waller
Tom Lammonby, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Max Waller, Will Smeed, Devon Conway, Lewis Goldsworthy, Tom Banton, James Hildreth
James Vince’s side is having an agonizing time. Last two games have been washed away by rain including the one against Gloucestershire. Prior to that the side had lost two games in a row and hence they would have to get their campaign going again. Somerset is a very strong side and Vince would want his players to do well here.
James Vince and D’Arcy Short have both looked in good form and the side would be expecting a good start from them in this game. They have a strong middle order with Joe Weatherley, Lewis McManus and Liam Dawson in the side and these guys have scored runs. With Tom Alsop and James Fuller to follow their batting line-up looks well set for the moment.
It is the bowling attack that has let the side down in many of the games. The side would need early wickets from Dawson and Kyle Abbott and both of them aren’t looking at their best. Ryan Stevenson, Mason Crane and D’Arcy Short have leaked runs in most games and the side would need a better show from them here.
James Vince (c), D’Arcy Short, Tom Alsop, Joe Weatherley, Lewis McManus (wk), Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Ryan Stevenson, Kyle Abbott, Mason Crane, Bradley Wheal
James Vince, Scott Currie, Bradley Wheal, Joe Weatherley, Tom Prest, D'Arcy Short, Chris Wood, Colin de Grandhomme, Mason Crane, James Fuller, Lewis McManus
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||15||0.24 mm.||3.16 k/h||From: WSW||75%|
|03h||14||1.16 mm.||3.44 k/h||From: WSW||83%|
|06h||14||1.90 mm.||4.36 k/h||From: NW||92%|
|09h||14||0 mm.||6.48 k/h||From: NW||75%|
|12h||15||0 mm.||6.81 k/h||From: NW||46%|
|15h||15||0 mm.||6.13 k/h||From: WNW||47%|
|18h||14||0.21 mm.||5.53 k/h||From: WNW||53%|
|21h||10||0 mm.||2.27 k/h||From: WNW||5%|
The skies over Taunton would have slight clouds which is welcome change from the spells of rains that we have seen so far. The wicket is expected to be a flat one where batsmen would be able to play on the up. The side batting first in this game would have to have a target score of 200 runs to do well here.
The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton is one of the smallest grounds in England and has been a paradise for the batsmen as scoring boundaries is easy at this venue. There is some assistance for the fast bowlers early on during the game but the spinners have struggled to contain batsmen here.
We have seen big scored being made at this venue in the past where the small size of the ground in a huge bonus for the side. The side that wins the toss would like to take advantage of this and should have no hesitation in batting first on this surface.
Both the sides need to get a move on as they haven’t done well. Hampshire Hawks haven’t played a game for few days and they are expected to be slightly rusty. Their bowlers are in poor form and this would be a challenge on a small ground. Somerset on the other hand know the conditions well and have good depth in their batting and this would make them favorites in this game.
Somerset to win