About the Match
Somerset defeated Sussex by 32 runs through D/L method to make it to the 3rd position in the South Group; they now have 10 points after 9 matches and will take on Gloucestershire, who are placed 5th with 10 points, on 4th August at Bristol. The Gloucs defeated Glamorgan by 5 runs in a rain-affected game and will be eager to climb up the ladder with another good show here on Friday. Somerset had previously lost to Kent last week but they managed to make a comeback; it needs to be seen if they can continue with their winning momentum.
The D/L method in the game against Glamorgan went in Gloucestershire’s favour as the opponents failed to reach 38 runs in 5 overs as required. Payne and Perera took a wicket each under pressure and stifled the opposition to win the match by 5 runs. Earlier, Mustard continued with his good batting form, scoring 57 off 49 while others like Cockbain, Klinger and all-rounder Noema-Barnett kept the scoreboard ticking.
They had lost the previous match against Hampshire by 24 runs D/L method despite captain Michael Klinger’s brilliant century off 58 deliveries. Howell and Perera had chipped in with 20+ runs each to take the total to 174 but the bowlers couldn’t stop Hampshire from reaching the reduced target of 98 from 11.4 overs.
The squad has a strong pace attack with players like Matt Taylor, Perera, David Payne and Benny Howell; Tom Smith provides the spin option while Kieron Noema-Barnett from New Zealand adds depth with his medium-pace. Having won the recent game, they will surely pack a punch here too.
Corey Anderson’s splendid 41 off just 17 balls powered Somerset to a 32-run victory against Sussex on Sunday; the Kiwi all-rounder brings depth to the batting unit as well as the bowling squad when needed. Steve Davies and Roelof van der Merwe contributed well with the runs and helped them post 102 runs in 8 overs, which was successfully defended by the bowlers. Fast-bowler Craig Overton and spinner Max Waller took 2 wickets each to stifle Sussex and win gloriously.
In the earlier match against Kent however, the bowlers put up a disappointing show and were unable to stop the opponents from reaching the reduced target of 181 in 18 overs. Waller took 2 wickets while Merwe was the most economical of the lot; however, others like Overton, Groenewald and Davey proved to be way too expensive.
With Anderson’s power-packed performance, Somerset has received a fresh breath of air and they would be motivated to keep the wins coming. The batting looks good at the moment and their bowlers could strategize well against Gloucestershire.
The Gloucs won a close contest against Glamorgan recently and the morale of the players would be boosted to do better in the upcoming match; however, we feel that Somerset has quite many match-winners who give them the edge to win on Friday