Can Somerset make the cut for the qualification?
Our Prediction is Somerset to win!
Somerset had a grand start to the season with 4 consecutive wins and then they lost their way with three back to back losses. They needed just a win out of their 4 last games to seal qualification to knockouts. But now, after three losses they are in a do-or-die match. Their batsmen have failed to score even a single 50+ score in the last two matches. They have been bowled out for scores less than 250 runs thrice in a row and ended up losing all the three matches. Azhar Ali, Peter Trego, and Jack Hildreth were brilliant with the bat in first four matches but are struggli9ng to put a substantial score now. Their bowling was left with too little target to play within the last match. Craig Overturn showed some grit and determination with the ball and picked up two wickets but he had no support from the other end. Somerset had one of worst turn-around this season with three losses after four wins and it would be a shame if they fail to qualify for the knockouts.
Surrey is having a very bad season and they have just one win so far out of their 7 matches. Their batting is not up to the mark and has been bowled out in four consecutive matches and losing each one of them. They were bundled out for just 127 runs the last match. Dean Elgar put a lone battle and scored an unbeaten 62 runs to take his team total to the three-figure mark. Eight batsmen were dismissed for a single digit score and second high score was just 14 runs. Morn Morkel is their best bowler this season with 13 wickets and has an impressive economy of just 4.5 RPO. They were weakened by the loss of England players such as Ben Foakes, Jason Roy, Liam Plunkett and Tom Curran who left for their national duties. They don`t have anything to lose here and can come and play without any pressure on their back.
Tom Banton – Skipper Tom Banton has scored a total of fewer than 50 runs after his century in the first match in the 6 matches. He must regain form with the bat and boost the morale and momentum of his team.
Craig Overturn – Craig Overturn has been one of the shining stars for Somerset this season with 15 wickets and 168 runs so far. His all-round capabilities add extra depth and value to the team in both departments.
Stats from the season:
Azhar Ali – 303 runs, Avg. – 43.2, HS - 110, 100s-1, 50s - 1
Craig Overturn – 15 wickets, Bowl Avg. -15.8, Economy – 4.4 RPO, BB – 5/18
Tom Banton (wk), Azhar Ali, Peter Trego, James Hildreth, Tom Abell (c), Lewis Gregory, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, George Bartlett, Josh Davey, Tim Groenewald
Will Jacks – Will Jacks has just 147 runs from 7 matches and has scored alone 50+ score. The early loss of his wicket exposes the fragile middle order to the new ball. He needs to hold an end at the start of the innings and then slowly rebuild.
Morne Morkel – Morkel has always given his best for the team with the ball and has taken 13 wickets and gave away runs at an economy of just 4.5 RPO. The bowling unit is left with very little runs to play due to low scores.
Stats from the season:
Rory Burns – 176 runs, Avg. – 25.4, HS-55, 50s-1
Morne Morkel – 13 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 18.4, Economy – 4.5 RPO, BB – 4/23
Morne Morkel, Dean Elgar, Rory Burns (c), Stuart Meaker, Mark Stoneman, Jordan Clark, Freddie van den Bergh, Conor McKerr, Will Jacks, Ryan Patel, Jamie Smith (wk)
Taunton pitch is a batting paradise where a lot of runs will be scored and it is nightmarish pitch or the bowlers with very less for them. Twice in three matches this year 350+ runs have been set as the target. Both teams will look to score 320-340 runs to put pressure on the opposition. The weather looks cloudy and has 20% chances of rain on the match day.
Teams batting first have won two out of three matches and they put up a huge score of 350+ targets in both matches. But cloudy conditions early in the match may tilt the captains to bowl first.
Somerset team face off against Surrey team which is placed last in the points table with 4 consecutive losses. To add to it, Somerset plays in their home conditions and we expect them to win this match and enter the playoffs. They don`t get a better chance than this match. Surrey team is free of any kind of pressure and will be looking to spoil Somerset`s party.
We are backing Somerset for the win in this match!
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