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

Kennington Oval

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Surrey take on the bottom-placed Somerset in hunt for survival

  • Surrey have won just 1 of their 5 matches with one ending in a tie
  • Somerset have no wins so far and with just 3 more matches remaining, finals seem a far cry
  • Somerset have scored 300+ runs in two of their last 3 innings. In their recent loss, Surrey were bowled out for 162 runs while chasing 379

Our prediction is for Somerset to win

Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ODI | Venue: Kennington Oval | Toss: To Bat

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This is a survival game for both sides. While Surrey with 5 points at number 7 could fancy a turn of fortunes with 3 back-to-back wins in their remaining games, the sun seems to be setting for Somerset. The Ben Green-led Somerset were close to victory in two of their last three games. If only the batters were supported well by the Somerset bowlers, their position in the table would have been different. 

The hosts stand in contrast with the visiting side in terms of batting. After conceding 378 runs against Sussex, Surrey were bowled out cheaply for just 162 runs in their last game. Matt Renshaw, James Rew, and skipper Ben Green are the key players in the Somerset lineup. For Surrey, all eyes are on the in-form Ryan Patel to lead the batting comeback.

Surrey Preview

After the tied game against Warwickshire, the batting performance slipped further and is now at a critical point. Ryan Patel and other middle-order batters need to step up and resuscitate Surrey before it's too late.

Skipper Ben Geddes has scores of 12, 7, and 9 from his last 3 innings respectively. Not only is he the captain but he also opens the innings for Surrey and these numbers are worrying signs for the fans. Prior to their recent loss, Surrey were chasing 352 runs against Middlesex where Ryan Patel scored 118 runs opening for the side. The second highest scorer for Surrey in this run-chase was Nathan Barnwell at number 9 scoring 31 off 27 balls. 

The lack of contributions from the rest of the batting department has cost Surrey dearly. The likes of Nico Reifer and Nick Kimber who led the comeback against Warwickshire are the few other hopeful batters in the side. 

There are a lot of things hurting Surrey at the moment. While Ryan Patel is the lone fighter in the batting department, there is no one to look up to in the bowling attack. Conor McKerr, M Dunn, and Tom Lawes are among the wicket-takers but they haven’t delivered any match-winning spells for Surrey in recent outings
 

Surrey Predicted Playing XI:

Ryan Patel, Ben Geddes (c), Sheridon Gumbs, Josh Blake (wk), Tom Lawes, Nico Reifer, Conor McKerr, Nathan Barnwell, Amar Virdi, Matt Dunn, Yousef Majid

Somerset Preview

Somerset, with no points on the table, are placed at the bottom and may not have a great chance of making it to the finals with just 3 more games left in their campaign. However, Somerset may have the upper hand coming into this match.

Their batting has been impressive in recent matches. They had two centurions in their last innings against Middlesex while skipper Ben Green put on a valiant fight scoring 157 off 84 balls against Durham chasing 342 runs.

Somerset have some impressive names in the batting department. Matt Renshaw has been consistent and is well known for his scoring abilities. Other key players include James Rew, Lewis Goldsworthy, and George Bartlett.

Just like the opposition team, Somerset also need their bowlers to bounce back. They were very close to their first win of the season in the last game where the Middlesex tail took the game away as Somerset lost by 1 wicket. 

There is great variety in the bowling attack. The skipper used around 6 to 8 bowlers and was quite successful against Leicestershire. Aldrige, Ogborne, and Ollie Sale are the key bowlers who could lead Somerset to their first win.

Somerset Predicted Playing XI:

Andrew Umeed, Matt Renshaw, Lewis Goldsworthy, George Bartlett, James Rew (wk), Joshua F Thomas, Ben Green (c), Kasey Aldridge, Ollie Sale, Sonny Baker, Alfie Ogborne

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
18
0 mm.
1.79 k/h
From: N
89%
03h
17
0.18 mm.
0.86 k/h
From: ENE
97%
06h
18
0.31 mm.
2.17 k/h
From: NE
93%
09h
20
0.12 mm.
3.12 k/h
From: NE
96%
12h
23
1.33 mm.
2.85 k/h
From: ENE
98%
15h
23
6.61 mm.
4.06 k/h
From: ENE
100%
18h
21
4.81 mm.
3.15 k/h
From: NE
99%
21h
19
0.52 mm.
3.44 k/h
From: ENE
75%

Weather Conditions

The weather forecast for the match day is thunderstorms. The pitch is batting friendly and is said to be the most spin-friendly in England. With overcast conditions the pitch might have more to offer for the bowlers.

Venue Details

Kennington Oval, London is the venue for this match. Teams batting second have won 42 of the 76 ODIs played here. The average 1st innings score at this venue is 246 runs. 

Toss: To Bat

Traditionally, teams winning the toss here have chosen to bowl first. However, given the weather conditions, and the lack of reliable batters in both sides, the team winning the toss might choose to bat first. 

Surrey does have the home advantage and will be looking to find their form after some disappointing performances in recent games. Somerset pack a strong punch in terms of both batting and bowling and looking at their recent performance against Middlesex, a win doesn’t seem far for the Ben Green-led side. Considering all the aspects of the game, current form, and the potential of the players on each side, we reckon Somerset will be favourites to win.

Our prediction is for Somerset to win

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