About the Match
With the competition heating up in the ongoing NatWest T20 Blast, Essex with 2 points from 3 matches will be eager to up their momentum when they go up against Somerset, who are yet to open their points tally, on 29th May at Chelmsford. Essex lost 2 out of three matches but they will try to do their best in the upcoming contest; on the other hand, Somerset has the ability to bounce back from here on and register some victories in upcoming matches. It will be very interesting to see which team can dominate the other and triumph on Friday.
Essex were defeated by Gloucestershire in their last match by 34 runs failing to reach the target of 200; Tom Westley scored 67 off 40 to give them an outside chance after losing 2 early wickets and Ryan ten Doeschate contributed with 54 but in the end they were bowled out for 165 by the 19th over. Earlier, Reece Topley and Shaun Tait took 2 wickets each but they couldn’t restrict the opponents to a low score. Essex won their 2nd match against Glamorgan by 5 wickets as Ravi Bopara’s unbeaten superb 81 off 65 guided Essex to an easy win. In that match Shaun Tait picked up 3-28 while Bopara scalped 2-25, both bowling extremely well to restrict Glamorgan to 144. The team led by Doeschate has experienced players like Westley and Bopara who is back from the IPL alongside fast bowler Shaun Tait. With the old stagers like Graham Napier and David Masters on the way out, the onus is on the likes of Reece Topley and Westely to step up and take wickets. Overall, the team has the talent and necessary fire-power to win the upcoming match.
Somerset lost their first match to Sussex by a narrow margin of 5 runs after failing to chase a reasonable target of 176; Jim Allenby marked his T20 debut for the club with a brilliant 79 off 56 while Peter Trego scored 26 off 16. On the bowling front, Jamie Overton scalped 2 wickets and we saw some impressive bowling by Sohail Tanvir. Somerset lost only twice last season and the team has many talented players like Jim Allenby, who is one of the most consistent performers in county cricket in recent years with both bat and ball. Tom Cooper’s arrival could help bolster the squad along with Peter Trego, Marcus Trescothick, Lewis Gregory and Jamie Overton provided they could all manage to remain fit throughout. Somerset undoubtedly has a talented squad, particularly in the shorter format of the game and if the club's younger players continue to develop, they could emerge as a formidable force to reckon with.
Both teams come to this game at the back of a loss in their previous matches and they will give their best to win the match on Friday; given the form and team on paper, we feel that Somerset will go ahead with confidence and dominate Essex to win the match