Worcestershire and Somerset to slug it out for semis spot
Our Prediction is Worcestershire to win the match!
Host Worcestershire will be looking to continue their winning streak when they take on Somerset in the 1st Quarterfinal game of Royal London One-Day competition at Worcester on Friday.
Worcestershire has played exceedingly well and finished with 12 points in the North Group. The side led by Brett D’Oliveira will be confident of doing well in their home conditions. The side will deliver their best and ball in order to secure their place in the semifinals of the competition.
On another hand, Somerset also managed to sneak through to the playoff due to superior net run-rate in comparison to Gloucestershire. Captain Tom Abell will be hoping that the side can ring their A-game to the table in this game.
Worcestershire is coming into this game on the back of a hard-fought win over Derbyshire in their previous game played on Monday. Brett D’Oliveira will be looking to deliver a clinical performance with bat and ball in this quarterfinal game.
In the batting department, Worcestershire will be looking towards their in-form opening batsman Riki Wessels to deliver runs with the bat in this game. The opening batsman has so far scored 297 in 8 innings with one century to his name. He scored a scintillating century in the previous game played against Derbyshire. Wessels smashed a whirlwind 130 runs off 62 balls with the help of ten fours and elven sixes to help Worcestershire chase down a score of 352 runs.
Wessels was well supported by Thomas Church Fell who chipped in with 49 off 59 balls with the help of five boundaries. He will be looking to get Worcestershire off to a decent start in this knockout game.
Middle-order batsman Callum Ferguson also delivered spectacular performance for Worcestershire in the previous game. He scored unbeaten 103 runs off 95 balls with the help of seven fours and four sixes. He produced crucial partnerships with Ross Whiteley and Ben Cox to see Worcestershire complete a historic chase. Ross Whiteley has shown excellent form for the side in this year’s competition. He has accumulated 257 runs in 8 innings at an average of 36.71. Worcestershire will be hoping that Whiteley can deliver score quick runs at the back end of the innings.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on their new-ball pair of Wayne Parnell and Charlie Morris to provide crucial breakthroughs. The duo will need to deliver an improved performance after conceding a lot of runs in the previous game.
Brett D’Oliveira (captain), Ben Cox (wk), Callum Ferguson, Wayne Parnell, Riki Wessels, Ross Whiteley, Thomas Charles Fell, Ed Barnard, Josh Tongue, George Rhodes, Patrick Brown/Charlie Morris.
Tom Abell-led unit has played exceedingly well to finish third in the league table with 10 points to their name. The side will start this game as underdogs and will need to raise their game in order to give a tough fight to Worcestershire.
In the batting department, the burden will be on the likes of Azhar Ali, Peter Trego and James Hildreth to make sure that the side can post a competitive score on the board. Azhar Ali and Peter Trego will need to deliver decent scores after failing to make an impact in the previous game.
Wicket-keeper Tom Banton played exceedingly well and scored a splendid half-century to help Somerset get off to a decent start. He scored 53 off 61 balls with the help of five fours and a six. Somerset will be hoping that he can showcase his good form in this must-win game as well.
Middle-order batsman James Hildreth was the standout player for the side in the previous game. He came to the crease with Somerset placed in a precarious position. Hildreth added crucial partnerships with Tom Abell and George Bartlett to help Somerset take firm control of the game. He scored 93 off 89 balls with the help of eleven fours and a six. Hildreth is currently Somerset’s leading run scorer with 349 runs in 8 matches at an average of 43.62.
George Bartlett scored a crucial half-century to steer Somerset to a comfortable victory over Surrey. He scored unbeaten 57 off 52 balls with the help of four fours and a six. He well was supported by Lewis Gregory, who chipped in with unbeaten 36 runs off 23 balls with the help of four sixes.
In the bowling department, the focus will on the likes of Josh Davey, Craig Overton and Jamie Overton to provide crucial breakthroughs with the new-ball.
Tom Abell (c), Tom Banton (wk), Peter Trego, Azhar Ali, Josh Davey, Roelof van der Merwe, James Hildreth, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, George Bartlett, Jamie Overton
The pitch is expected to be great for batting, which usually is the case at New Road Stadium. Spinner might get something out of this surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Friday is expected to have light rain showers with light winds.
New Road Cricket Stadium in Worcester has so far hosted four games in this year’s competition. Worcestershire has been able to notch up back-to-back victories at this venue. Somerset will take heart from the fact they have won four game out of five played against Worcestershire in the competition.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and post a competitive score on the board. The quick bowlers might get some lateral movement from the surface in the initial overs of the innings.
Worcestershire will start as favorites as they playing in their home conditions. The side has played excellent cricket so far this season and has a better-balanced unit in comparison to Somerset
Expect Worcestershire to beat Somerset in this game!
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