About the Match
Somerset will be traveling to Hampshire to play both of the team's final group match of the NatWest T20 Blast 2017 in a bid to make to the final four. Hampshire is currently on 15 points and a win would take it to the top of the table but a loss would also not be too bad considering they are through to the final four already. Somerset though desperately needs a win and then hope for other results to go its way.
It has been an excellent season for Hampshire this year and they can now look forward to playing on finals day. Beating Somerset would help ensure a home quarter final, something that James Vince and his men would love to seal in this match.
An excellent victory against Kent in their last match will provide a boost of confidence to Hampshire. They chased down 168 in just over 17 overs with runs from Dickinson, Vince, and Alsop. All three of their top order got runs and with George Bailey, Sean Ervine and the mercurial Shahid Afridi down the order as well, this batting lineup is looking quite fearsome at the moment.
Like most other teams in this competition, depending upon a fast start to set up their matches is going to be the template that Hampshire follows in the upcoming matches. James Vince is an England international and he will be the biggest wicket that the other teams will be looking for.
Their only concern in the batting lineup would be the poor form of Shahid Afridi with the bat but as they have shown all season, they can manage pretty well without him as well.
The bowling attack will be led by Kyle Abbott, a Kolpak signing that has changed the fortunes of this team, and will be supported by Afridi, Wood, Dawson, and Berg.
All is certainly not over for Somerset this season as they enter the final match with a chance of making it to the finals. A lot of combinations will have to fall in place for that to happen but it all begins with securing a win.
The head to head record between the two counties in T20 cricket seems to suggest that Somerset is certainly capable of pulling it off. They have won 8 of the 14 matches played between the two including their most recent clash.
Somerset did not do too much wrong in their last match against Glamorgan that they lost by one run. It was an extremely close game that either side could have easily won. As it turned out, Myburgh’s fantastic 87 was not enough for his team to get over the line.
News from the side is that Jamie Overton is still injured and that Dean Elgar will also miss this game because of a shoulder injury during the last match.
The bulk of the run-scoring will have to fall upon Myburgh, Gregory, and Davies at the top of the order with some useful contributions later on.
Waller and van der Merwe have been the stand out bowlers for Somerset this season and a good performance in this game will go a long way in helping Somerset get over the line.
Pitch and Conditions
A cloudy day that should hopefully remain dry for the duration of the match has been forecast. This is a crucial match for both teams and we would hate to see the rain play spoil sport. The Ageas Bowl has an excellent batting surface that will provide ample entertainment to the spectators.
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