About the Match
Essex and Somerset are both looking for their first win of the NatWest T20 Blast and are currently near the bottom of the table at this early stage in the competition. The nature of the matches is such though that a couple of defeats can quickly spiral into a losing streak that can be difficult to come out of.
Essex is going through a bit of a controversy as Tamim Iqbal has ended his contract with the club after just playing one match where he did not score too many. The reason is a non-cricketing one but the sudden upheaval will definitely bring some added pressure on the squad.
This Essex team has a lot going for it but still remains winless after two matches. With players like Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Amir, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Ashar Zaidi and Varun Chopra in their side, Essex is certainly not lacking for quality.
For some reason though their team is not coming together as expected. Bopara has been excellent with the ball and that bat but has lacked support from the others. Mohammad Amir has been disappointing in his first two matches failing to pick wickets and going for plenty of runs as well.
Simon Harmer has been the best bowler for Essex so far but the others certainly need to get their act together quickly. The sudden loss of Tamim, who was expected to play a role in getting them off to fast starts will mean some amount of reshuffling has to be done and this could mean that Tom Westley moves back to the top of the order.
The real challenge for Essex though will be to get their bowling in order in such a short time and hope that the experienced international talent in their time finally shows up.
After a poor last season in the NatWest T20 Blast, a loss was not the way Somerset wanted to start their season but even Corey Anderson’s blitz could not get them across the line against Surrey. What was clear in that one match was that Somerset does not have the strongest of T20 teams and Anderson’s innings might have actually covered up a lot of flaws.
The Somerset bowling was poor against Surrey and they were lucky to have only gone for 181 in the 20 overs they bowled. Roelof van der Merwe took 3 wickets and helped stem the flow of runs somewhat while Corey Anderson could only bowl one over because of a back stiffness.
Craig Overton and Josh Davey went for plenty of runs, something that was not entirely unexpected but Lewis Gregory bowled an excellent spell of 4 overs to balance things out somewhat.
The batting was also a shambles and Somerset was left 108 for 8 before Corey Anderson single-handedly threatened to change the course of the game. Such innings are not very frequent and players like Davies, Allenby, Hildreth, and Trego will need to perform much better to give their side a chance.
An Essex side low on confidence could just be the opposition they need at this time.
Pitch and Conditions
Cloudy weather with only 10% chance of rain has been forecast as of now. The dry conditions should allow the groundsman plenty of opportunities to prepare a belter, something that Essex would love to have.
Essex to wi