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|RE Van Der Merwe||4.0||0||13||1||3.25|
|Mujib Ur Rahman||4.0||0||27||1||6.75|
Things are beginning to take shape beautifully as we are moving closer to the business end of the tournament. Hampshire have finally come out of the bottom two positions, thanks to a net run rate that is just better than that of Middlesex. However, this may not last long if they fail to perform well in their upcoming fixture against Somerset. The two sides are scheduled to face each other on 8th August 2018 at The Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium. Essex are placed at the top of the table and would like to maintain their stronghold, considering Kent and Gloucestershire are just breathing down their neck with 13 points. Both the teams are expected to strive hard for a win here and we expect a blazing contest between the two sides.
Hampshire have not only failed to stay in the contention but have also managed to just one game in the season so far. The team above them in the points table is six points ahead which clearly sums up how they have performed in this season.
Their the last match was nothing different than what it has been in the whole season for them. Bowling first against Kent Spitfires, they restricted Kent to a subpar total of just 139. It should have been an easy chase on any wicket in England, but Hampshire batsmen made a mess of a simple chase.
They lost their first three wickets inside 14 balls with just seven runs on the board. James Vince and Sam Northeast could not do any magic whatsoever and departed quicker than the blink of an eye. With the wicket of Rilee Rossouw followed by Tom Alsop, Hampshire were tottering at 20 for five chips down. They could not recover thereafter and eventually lost the match by 51 runs.
J Vince, Sam Northeast, RR Rossouw, Tom Alsop, LA Dawson, Joe Weatherley, Gareth Berg, CP Wood, DW Steyn, RA Stevenson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Somerset's campaign has been exactly opposite to that of the team they're up against tomorrow. Out of 10 matches, they have a win percentage of 70 with an impressive net run rate of 0.892. Having won four out of their last four matches, they are coming into this game with truckloads of confidence and momentum behind their back.
It the last game against Sussex, they won the match by three wickets while chasing a competitive total of 169. Just about when Sussex looked well set to claim their first home win this season, Roelof van der Merwe's late heroics stole the show as the visitors got home with three balls to spare. Roelof van der Merwe was excellent with the ball as well. He along with Max Waller stemmed the flow of the runs in the middle overs which never allowed Sussex to run away with the game.
Chasing a reasonably good total, Somerset looked well set with 112 for 3 in 12 overs before they lost three wickets in quick succession. Little cameos from everyone in their lineup saw them get close to the total before van der Merwe sealed the deal with a 19-ball 34.
SM Davies, JG Myburgh, PD Trego, JC Hildreth, TB Abell, Corey Anderson, Lewis Gregory, RE Van Der Merwe, Jerome Taylor, Jamie Overton, MTC Waller.
Going by the recent results and by the points table, Somerset have clearly done a lot better than Hampshire in the tournament thus far. Hampshire, however, have a set of excellent players who haven't been in good form but can win the games on their own. With superb momentum behind them and everyone contributing, Somerset are better placed to emerge victorious in the upcoming fixture at the Rose Bowl.
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