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|Timm van der Gugten||8||6||0||0||133.33|
|RE Van Der Merwe||4.0||0||26||2||6.50|
|Timm van der Gugten||4.0||0||36||3||9.00|
The sheer number of matches that each team plays in the Vitality Blast 2018 allows for teams to have their ups and downs. The season has just started and there is no reason to panic for any team but every single one of them would want to have started to rack up some victories. Glamorgan has two wins from three matches while Somerset has just one from its three. Neither of the two teams has played up to potential and so this is another opportunity for them to make a move upwards.
Glamorgan has a very strong batting unit, on paper at least, and would have backed its batsmen to deliver on most occasions. Colin Ingram, someone who has destroyed bowling attacks in seasons past is just getting warmed up and we think he is going to score some big runs very soon.
Ingram has one score of 81 not out in the competition already so form is not an issue either. With Usman Khawaja at the top of the order alongside Donald and a strong middle order to follow, Glamorgan is going to be a hard team to bowl to in most matches.
Khawaja and Donald have got off to some starts without being able to convert them into big scores but Glamorgan would not be worried. Their batting has looked solid and it is just a matter of time before their superstars start to fire on all cylinders.
Encouraging for Glamorgan would be the contribution of players like Lloyd, Cooke, and Carlson who have ensured that the team does not have to worry about runs even when the top order gets out cheaply.
Somerset is not the strongest of bowling attacks and even though it has some decent players, Glamorgan’s batsmen would fancy getting a chance to get some runs in this match.
The wickets have been shared around evenly by the bowler's so far. Wagg, Hogan, and Salter have all contributed in most matches while van der Guten and Meschede have kept things tight as well. All but Meschede in this bowling group is giving away runs at an economy rate of under 9, which is very good for T20 cricket.
Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns , Colin Ingram, Aneurin Donald, Kiran Carlson, Chris Cooke, Graham Wagg, Andrew Salter, Craig Meschede, Timm van der Gugten, Michael Hogan.
Somerset enter this match a little low on confidence. It has lost its last two matches and the team is not looking as dominant in this form of cricket as it usually does. The last game was a rain-affected match and that can be tough to predict but it will hurt the team, no doubt.
Somerset will have played an additional match against Middlesex before this match and another loss there could really derail things for Somerset. There have been some encouraging signs for the team, though.
Corey Anderson smashed the ball around the park to score an aggressive 40 off just 17 balls while the skipper Gregory batted with a sense of purpose as well. Somerset has seen three of its batsmen hit a fifty in the tournament so far, which is quite good and shows the batting potential that is in the team.
Players like Hildreth, Davies, and Trego are all excellent T20 players. Add an in-form Corey Anderson to the mix and Somerset starts to look quite dangerous as an opponent.
More than the batting, though, it is the Somerset bowling which is letting it down. Van der Merwe and Waller are the only two bowlers that have been able to exert some control over the opposition. Both the bowlers are giving away runs at less than 8 runs per over but they have not been able to take wickets.
Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, and Lewis Gregory need to find a way to be more effective with the ball. Gregory and Jamie Overton have been in the wickets but their economy rate is way too high.
Somerset has the players it needs to be successful but the performances are not quite lining up in the right manner so far.
JG Myburgh, SM Davies, PD Trego, JC Hildreth, TB Abell, Corey Anderson, Lewis Gregory, RE Van Der Merwe, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, MTC Waller.
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A dry day with some harmless clouds around has been forecast for match day in Cardiff. The pitch at the Sophia Gardens is a little bit slow but the small boundaries tilt things in favor of the batsmen anyway. Bowlers that are disciplined and have some variations up their sleeves should be able to do well.
A score of around 165 should be considered par.
Glamorgan is in better form going into this match and will be playing in home conditions. A number of its players are bubbling and ready to pop. We would definitely stick with the home team on this one.
Back Glamorgan to win.
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