Worcestershire Rapids’ big challenge break losing run
Somerset to win
In a crucial game of the Central Group in T20 Blast 2020 hosts Somerset would take on Worcestershire Rapids. The hosts come into this game with a loss against the Birmingham Bears and need to win this one to rise on the points table and open up their chances of direct entry into the quarterfinals. For Worcestershire Rapids it will be all about breaking their losing run.
Worcestershire Rapids have failed to play well as a unit so far in the season. Their batting has looked good but their bowlers have let the side down in most of the games. Having already surrendered their hopes of making it to the next round, the side will have to play out of its skin to win this game. It remains to be seen if they are able to get past Somerset in the latter’s home ground.
Lewis Gregory’s side comes into this game after suffering a loss against the Birmingham Bears in the last game. In a rain-reduced game, the side lost by 4 runs in what can surely be termed as bad luck for the side. They need to win this game to improve their position on the points table.
They have a good opening pair in Babar Azam and Steven Davis. The pair missed out in the last game and shall be looking to do well in this one. In the middle order the side has good strength with players like Tom Abell, James Hildreth and Edward Bryon. They are also blessed to have one of the strongest lower orders with Roelof van der Merwe, Tom Lammonboy and Gregory in good form. Roelof van der Merwe has scored lots of runs this season.
The side has a pretty strong bowling attack going into this game. They will look for a good start from Gregory and Max Waller. Waller has had a good season so far. Josh Davey has been picking up wickets adding to the side’s bowling strength. Roelof van der Merwe, Lammonboy and Ollie Sale will look to bowl tighter lines in this game.
Lewis Gregory (c), Babar Azam, Steven Davies (wk), James Hildreth, Tom Abell, Edward Byrom, Tom Lammonby, Roelof van der Merwe, Josh Davey, Ollie Sale, Max Waller
|R Van Der Merwe||25||14||1||2||178.57|
Babar Azam, Steven Davies, Lewis Gregory, Tom Abell, Craig Overton, Max Waller, RE Van Der Merwe, Will Smeed, Ollie Sale, Eddie Byrom, Tom Lammonby
Things have gone from bad to worse for Ed Barnard’s side. They have suffered four straight losses this season with the last one coming against Gloucestershire where they lost by 30 runs after another poor show with the ball. They had lost against Somerset earlier and there would be lot of pressure for them to break this losing run.
Their batting line-up looks decent enough with Hamish Rutherford and Riki Wessels forming a good opening pair. The middle order comprising of Jack Haynes, Brett D’Oliveira and Jake Libby have also done well so far and they will need to repeat the same in this game. Down the order Ben Cox, Ross Whiteley and Barnard have proven themselves with the bat time and against adding depth to this line-up.
Their bowling attack has however been all over the place in game after game where they have conceded huge runs on the board. Dillon Pennington and Adam Finch have been expensive with the new ball and they will need to improve in the next game. Barnard and Patrick Brown have bowled well occasionally and the side would have lots of expectations on them in this game.
Ed Barnard (c), Hamish Rutherford, Riki Wessels, Jack Haynes, Jake Libby, Brett D'Oliveira, Ben Cox (wk), Ross Whiteley, Patrick Brown, Dillon Pennington, Adam Finch
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Riki Wessels, Patrick Brown, Jake Libby, Hamish Rutherford, Ben Cox, Ed Barnard, Adam Finch, Charlie Morris, Daryl Mitchell, Brett D Oliveira, Ross Whiteley
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|00h||10||0 mm.||1.86 k/h||From: WSW||20%|
|03h||9||0 mm.||2.44 k/h||From: WSW||74%|
|06h||9||0 mm.||2.35 k/h||From: SW||91%|
|09h||14||0 mm.||4.08 k/h||From: WSW||50%|
|12h||17||0 mm.||4.99 k/h||From: WSW||72%|
|15h||16||0 mm.||4.98 k/h||From: W||91%|
|18h||14||0 mm.||3.19 k/h||From: WSW||73%|
|21h||11||0 mm.||2.69 k/h||From: WSW||60%|
The skies would be clear over Taunton on September 11 and it is expected to be a good batting surface where the ball comes on to the bat nicely. Batsmen have always enjoyed playing on this track. Bowlers will also get decent assistance in the early overs and the side that bats first will need to target a score of around 170 runs.
The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton is a small venue and this has been one of the favorite places for batsmen in the county circuit. Big scores are set up and chased at this venue and there is little room for errors especially for the spinners. Fast bowlers have done well at this ground in the past.
We have seen several big scores at this venue and most sides have preferred to bat first here due to the small size of the ground. The weather is expected to be good and the side that wins the toss would look to bat first and put up a big score on the board for the opponents to chase.
Worcestershire Rapids look seriously out of form at the moment and the side is also down on confidence. Their key players especially the bowlers haven’t showed consistency which has put additional pressure on the side. Somerset looks a much better side and has a very strong batting line-up. They had defeated the Rapids earlier and shall carry this confidence into this game. The side is playing at home, in conditions they know well and this will make them favourites in this game.
Somerset to win