Worcestershire Rapids’ search for first win in the season
Somerset to win
Worcestershire Rapids would face Somerset in the next game of the Central Group in T20 Blast 2020. The Rapids are struggling for form at the moment after their loss against Gloucestershire in the last game, their second for the season. They are currently sitting at the bottom of the points table and need to win this game. Somerset on the other hand comes charged with a big win against Glamorgan.
Worcestershire Rapids are struggling with the form of their bowlers and in both their defeats it has been a disastrous show from their bowlers. They will need to get their bowling attack in shape ahead of this game. Somerset looks a much more balanced side at the moment but their record against the Rapids isn’t great and hence we expect this to be a close contest that will test players in both the camps.
Ed Barnard’s side finds itself in the bottom of the points table at the moment after back to back losses and will need to break out of this to create its chances for the quarter final. Their bowlers are in poor form and this led to the 22-run loss against Gloucestershire in the last game. They will need to come out with a positive frame of mind to win the next game.
On the batting front Hamish Rutherford and Riki Wessels are in good form and this will add to the confidence of the side in the next game. In the middle order as well Jack Haynes, Brett D’Oliveira and Jake Libby did well in the last game. With Ben Cox and Ross Whiteley towards the end, the side has got decent firepower in its batting and shall need a good show from these players.
It is their bowling attack that has been off the mark and the side will need better show from them to win against Somerset. Daryl Mitchell and Dillon Pennington will need to bowl tight lines in the next game with the new ball. Barnard himself is struggling at the moment and must check the scoring rate alongside Patrick Brown and D’Oliveira going into this important game.
Ed Barnard (c), Riki Wessels, Hamish Rutherford, Jack Haynes, Jake Libby, Brett D’Oliveira, Ben Cox (wk), Ross Whiteley, Daryl Mitchell, Patrick Brown, Dillon Pennington
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Riki Wessels, Patrick Brown, Jake Libby, Hamish Rutherford, Ben Cox, Dillon Pennington, Jack Haynes, Ed Barnard, Adam Finch, Daryl Mitchell, Ross Whiteley
Tom Abell’s side registered a dominating win the last game where they defeated Glamorgan by 8 wickets. The captain led from the front and played a match winning innings. They now sit in the second spot on the points table and shall look to further strengthen their position with a win in this game.
Openers Steven Davis and George Bartlett shall look to provide a good start after missing out in the last game. In the middle order James Hildreth has been in great form and along with Tom Abell adds strength to the batting. In Roelof van der Merwe, Ben Green and Edward Byrom the have a power packed lower middle order, and all these guys can score quick runs in the final overs.
Their bowling attack made good comeback after the poor show against Steelbacks. Craig Overton and Max Waller bowled well in the last game and Ben Green stole the show with a four wicket haul. Roelof van der Merwe, Ollie Sale and Josh Davey add depth to this bowling attack.
Tom Abell (c), George Bartlett, Steven Davies (wk), James Hildreth, Edward Byrom, Ben Green, Craig Overton, Roelof van der Merwe, Ollie Sale, Josh Davey, Max Waller
Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, Babar Azam, RE Van Der Merwe, Tom Abell, Josh Davey, Steven Davies, Ollie Sale, Max Waller, Eddie Byrom, James Hildreth
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The skies over Birmingham would be overcast and we might see rains on September 3 during the game. This will make the track difficult to bat on in the early overs where the bowlers will use the juice on the surface well. The side that bats first here would be happy to put a target in excess of 150 runs
Bowlers have always enjoyed the conditions at Edgbaston, Birmingham as the large size of the ground doesn’t allow too many boundary scoring opportunities. There is always bounce and movement on offer here. Batsmen need to get their eyes in before playing their strokes. Spinners have struggled here as there isn’t much turn on offer.
Edgbaston, Birmingham is a bowling friendly wicket and most teams have won games here chasing the score. The weather would also be in favor of the bowlers and this will surely affect the decision at the toss. We see the side winning the toss to bowl here first and try and get the opponents out cheaply.
This is going to be a very important game for Worcestershire Rapids as one more loss can nearly close their chances of reaching the quarterfinals of the season. The side is sitting at the bottom of the points table and has a bowling attack that looks in poor form at the moment. Somerset on their part come here with a big win and the side looks more settled than their opponents. This will make them favorites to win this contest.
Somerset to win