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Middlesex and Somerset are in the battle of extremes?
MIDDLESEX WILL WIN THE MATCH
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ONE-DAY | Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Royal London One-Day cup is exactly at the half-way stage of the league matches and teams are fighting hard in the qualification race so far. Middlesex and Somerset are exactly on the opposite spectrums of the points table at the moment. Middlesex lost their opening match but made a strong comeback to win the next 3 matches on the trot. Somerset are yet to open their points tally and will need to open their account soon as time is running out for qualification to the next stages.
Somerset failed to chase the target of 270 runs as they were bowled out for 224 runs. George Bartett (46 runs) and Matt Renshaw (55 runs) got starts but failed to convert them into big scores to help their team chase successfully. Their batters stumbled in the moderate score in the last game.
Somerset bowlers restricted the opposition for 262 runs in the last match. Aldridge, Brooks, and Alfie Ogbourne picked up 3 wickets each and gave runs at just 4 RPO. Ben Green and Jamie Brooks chipped In with 3 wickets between them to claim all 10 wickets
Top players to bet on: Ben Green, Matt Renshaw, Aldridge
Matt Renshaw, Steven Davies (wk), Lewis Goldsworthy, James Hildreth, George Bartlett, James Rew, Ben Green (c), Kasey Aldridge, Alfie Ogborne, Peter Siddle, Sonny Baker
Middlesex scored a massive 355 runs before being bowled out in the final over. Steve Eskinazi (135 runs) and Sam Robson (103 runs) shared a brilliant 234-run partnership scoring their respective centuries. Their middle order failed to capitalize on the brilliant start as they collapsed from 270/1 to 355-all out.
Their bowlers defended the total by holing their nerves in crucial moments to win by 27 runs. Umesh Yadav was the star of the night and picked the vital first 2 and last 2 wickets of the match. Martin Anderson (2 wickets), Sam Robson (2 wickets), Luk Hollman (1 wicket) and Toby Greatwood (1 wicket) picked up 6 wickets between them to bundle out the opposition for 327 runs. Pieter Malan and Thillan Wallanwita have chipped in with some crucial economical overs in middle phase.
Top players to bet on: Steve Eskinazi, Sam Robson, Umesh Yadav
Stephen Eskinazi (c), Mark Stoneman, Sam Robson, Pieter Malan, Max Holden, Joe Cracknell (wk), Luke Hollman, Martin Andersson, Umesh Yadav, Toby Greatwood, Thilan Walallawita
Taunton is expected to have a bright and sunny weather with no chances of rain on the match day. We expect to have a full match with no weather interruptions.
Taunton is an excellent pitch for batting with good bounce and pace on the track. Spinners might enjoy the slowness owing to the used nature of the track. We expect scores to be in the range of 270-280 runs in this match.
Both teams will opt to bowl first as the pitch will be tough to bat early on due to the moisture trapped inside it. Both skippers will be comfortably chasing with a score on board.
Middlesex are on a roll and they have won the last 3 matches comfortably with both their batting and bowling units firing in unison. They will look to continue their good work in this match too. Somerset will be dejected with their losses and will need to come out all guns fighting to win the match comfortably. They are in search of some spirited performances from the individuals to lead their team. We expect Middlesex to win this match.
MIDDLESEX WILL WIN THE MATCH
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