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Somerset vs Yorkshire, Royal London One-Day Cup, Today Match Prediction

The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, England

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Yorkshire batsmen’s battle to regain form

  • Somerset has won the last four out of five games they have played against Yorkshire in this format
  • Somerset have a very strong batting line-up with James Hildreth and Steven Davies in good form
  • Yorkshire’s batting lacks consistency and their Top 6 scored little more than 50 runs in all in the last game

Somerset to win

Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ONE-DAY | Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, England | Toss: To Bat

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We are currently seeing intense competition in Groups B of the Royal London One-Day Cup, 2021 with two points separating the top six sides. In this context the 33rd game between Somerset and Yorkshire would be very important for the two sides. Both the sides have seen their last games being disrupted by rains and shall be aiming for a win here to put their campaign on track. 

Somerset is playing at home where they have enjoyed good success. They are also undefeated against Yorkshire in the last four games, and this would add to the side’s confidence. Yorkshire has shown signs of trouble already in the season and they will have to come up with their best performance to defeat Somerset at Taunton. 

Somerset Preview

Ben Green’s side has done well to win its first two games although their last game against Nottinghamshire was washed away by rain. The side has had an excellent record against Yorkshire in the recent past and Green would want his players to take inspiration from previous years and win this contest at home. 

Openers Sam Young and Steven Davies haven’t done well so far, and they must get going in this game. The middle order would like to see runs from George Bartlett, James Hildreth and Lewis Goldsworthy. Green played a captain’s knock in the last game and his presence down the order along with Edward Byrom is a huge confidence booster for the side. 

On the bowling front the side looks in good form and new ball pair of Sonny Baker and Jack Brooks are doing well. Kasey Aldridge and Green also come here at the back of good spells in the last game and they would aim to trouble the Yorkshire batsmen. George Drissell and Goldsworthy add to the bowling options for the side.

Somerset Predicted Playing XI:

Ben Green (c), Steven Davies (wk), Sam Young, George Bartlett, James Hildreth, Lewis Goldsworthy, Edward Byrom, Kasey Aldridge, George Drissell, Jack Brooks, Sonny Baker

Yorkshire Preview

Gary Balance’s side saw its last game against Northamptonshire being washed away by rain. It was a lucky escape for the side as they had put on only 222 runs on the board batting first where their top order collapsed. Balance would like to see a better show from his batsmen in this game. 

Harry Duke and Will Fraine went out cheaply in the last game and the side would expect a good start from them with Duke having already hit a hundred in the tournament. The middle order too had a poor outing and runs would be expected from Balance, George Hill and Jonathan Tattersall. Will Luxton, Matthew Waite and Mathew Pillans add depth to this line-up. 

Their bowling attack hasn’t been in the best for form so far and a good show would be needed from Steven Patterson and Matthew Waite with the new ball. Matthew Pillans, Hill and Jack Shutt will have to bowl good lines in the middle overs given the kind of scores we have seen here in the past.

Yorkshire Predicted Playing XI:

Gary Ballance (c), Will Fraine, Harry Duke (wk), Matthew Revis, George Hill, William Luxton, Jonathan Tattersall, Jack Shutt, Steven Patterson, Matthew Waite, Mathew Pillans

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
15
0 mm.
1.98 k/h
From: W
20%
03h
14
0 mm.
1.44 k/h
From: WSW
33%
06h
14
0 mm.
1.57 k/h
From: WSW
54%
09h
17
0 mm.
1.2 k/h
From: WSW
93%
12h
18
0 mm.
2.12 k/h
From: W
91%
15h
19
1.12 mm.
1.94 k/h
From: WNW
82%
18h
18
2.28 mm.
3.6 k/h
From: NW
73%
21h
13
0 mm.
2.49 k/h
From: WNW
29%

Weather Conditions

There are predictions for rains at Taunton on July 31 and we expect to see disruptions in the game. The surface is flat, and the ball comes on to the bat nicely allowing easy stroke play. However, bowlers will get some assistance from the surface here and a score of 300 would be a good one under these conditions. 

Venue Details

The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton has been a paradise for batsmen. It is one of the smallest grounds in the world and allows batsmen to hit the ball in the air carefree. Fast bowlers do get some assistance from the surface, but this venue has been harsh on the spinners in the past.

Toss: To Bat

Big scores have been made and chased at this venue. It has a great batting surface, and this always acts as an advantage for the batsmen. Most teams have preferred to bat first on this wicket winning the toss and we hope to see this trend continue here in this game.

Yorkshire showed signs of struggle with the bat in the last game. Their top order didn’t contribute much, and they can least afford this on a good batting surface at Taunton. Their bowlers too will need to bowl tight lines in this game. Somerset has ticked all the boxes and haven’t lost a game yet. Playing at home they would start favourites to win this game.

Somerset to win

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