In-form Somerset take on undefeated Sussex at their backyard
Our prediction is Sussex will win the match!
Sussex has been one of the undefeated teams in the tournament so far and they have registered two back to back wins against Surrey and Kent. Their batting looks in good rhythm chasing down the total with ease in both their matches. Philip Salt scored an unbeaten century to steer his team in chasing a target of 300 runs. Harry Finch and Laurie Evans made crucial contributions of 89 and 46 runs respectively the last match.
Their bowlers are bowling well as a pack and have restricted the opposition to scores below 300 in both their encounters, which is a rarity in England nowadays. George Garton was the pick of the bowlers last match with figures of 3/42. Danny Briggs and Will Beer took two wickets apiece at a good economy rate of less than 6 RPO. Mir Hamza, Chris Jordan and All-rounder David Wiese are the other bowling options available in the team.
Somerset has a contrasting win in both matches with their match against Kent ending as a one-sided affair and they beat Glamorgan in a thrilling win by 2 runs. James Hildreth top scored with 67 runs the last match and had support from Craig overturn.
Their last wicket partnership added a crucial 46 partnership last match to take the score to 261 runs. Tom Banton and Lewis Gregory have made contributions in their first match victory against Kent. The bowlers are on a roll and taking wickets very early in the innings. Josh Davey and Craig Overturn bowled an excellent opening spell to reduce Glamorgan to 41/6 inside 12 overs. Roelof Van der Merwe took two crucial wickets including the last wicket when their partnership of 57 almost ensured victory for Glamorgan.
Harry Finch – Finch scored 89 runs last match and shared a partnership of 175 runs with Philip Salt. He was dismissed with less than 10 runs required to finish off the game. His ability to score boundaries troubled the opposition in containing the run-rate in middle overs.
Danny Briggs –Briggs has been bowling well in the middle overs restricting the batsmen giving away very less loose deliveries. He has match figures of 1/51 & 2/52 in the two matches played so far.
Luke Wright, Will Beer, Ben Brown (c & wk), Laurie Evans, Chris Jordan, Danny Briggs, Mir Hamza, David Wiese, Harry Finch, Philip Salt, George Garton
Craig Overturn – Overturn is having a dream season so far with both ball and bat. He has taken 8 wickets so far and scored more than 100 runs at a strike rate of nearly 140. He is yet to be dismissed in both matches sending with scores 66* & 41*.
Tom Banton – Banton scored a superb century in the first match but missed out in the second match. He can score runs at a strike rate of over 12 easily once he is set and got his eye in.
James Hildreth, Roelof van der Merwe, Peter Trego, Azhar Ali, Josh Davey, Tim Groenewald, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Tom Abell (c), Dominic Bess, Tom Banton (wk)
Hove pitch has some balance between bat and ball and is slightly inclined towards batting side. The average score in this pitch will be 270-280 runs and any score near 300 runs will be tough to chase down here. The weather promises to be sunny and clear o the match day.
Interestingly Sussex has won both matches batting second while Somerset has won batting first on their two matches. So, both team s might have different strategies but Batting first is a good option at Hove and chasing becomes difficult under lights.
Both teams are good form and rhythm and are putting up an all-round show in the batting, bowling and fielding departments. Sussex have their home advantage and has already played a match here tilts us in their favor this match.
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