About the Match
The NatWest T20 Blast is back and this time we are set to see many star names across the teams, who will be adding glamour and thrill to the action; Kent will take on Somerset in the 5th game of the series on 20th May at Canterbury and the fans will definitely be there to cheer for their teams. Last season saw Lancashire lift the title and the series has already attracted a lot of attention from cricket fans across the country; the upcoming match will surely be an entertainer with players from both sides trying to dominate the other. It needs to be seen which team can keep a cool head above its shoulders and win the match.
Sam Northeast will captain the side and he brings his batting skills to the table along with others like Sam Billings, New Zealand batsman Tom Latham, domestic players like Alex Blake, Joe Denly, Fabian Cowdrey, Zak Crawley and Daniel Bell-Drummond. All-rounders include the experienced Darren Stevens, Adam Ball, Matt Coles and Calum Haggett, who can provide the left and right arm combination with both bat and ball.
Kagiso Rabada, the sensational 20 year old South African speedster, has been roped into the squad and he will add a definite edge to the team; former club captain and spinner James Tredwell makes a comeback and along with Adam Riley and Imran Qayyum, the team has a good variety in spin. Speedsters David Griffiths, Mitchell Claydon, Matt Hunn, Ivan Thomas, Sam Weller and Charlie Hartley will look to provide regular breakthroughs with their fast and medium pace bowling attack.
Overall, they are a strong unit with a good balance between experience and youth; if they can strategize well against Somerset batsmen, then surely they can start their campaign on a winning note.
All-rounder captain Jim Allenby will lead the side that consists of batting greats like Mahela Jayawardene from Sri Lanka and Chris Gayle from West Indies. The line-up will have batsmen Marcus Trescothick, James Hildreth, Adam Hose, Tom Abell and South African Johann Myburgh. Chris Gayle haven't joined the squad due to his commitment to RCB in IPL and Somerset will surely miss his services. Having said
It’s quite a start-studded team for Somerset and they will definitely try to come out all guns blazing this summer; all-rounders like Peter Trego, Craig Overton, Lewis Gregory, Scottish players Josh Davey and Michael Leask, and Dutch spinner and batsman Roelof van der Merwe will contribute with both bat and ball to help the team do well.
The bowling unit comprises of Pakistani fast-bowler Yasir Arafat, domestic speedsters like Jamie Overton, Ollie Sale and Liam Redrup and spinners Jack Leach and Max Weller. Batting is surely their strength here and it needs to be seen if the bowlers can up their ante to win the upcoming match.
Kent has the home advantage in its opening match of the tournament and has a good balance of spinners and seamers; however, Somerset with its power-packed batting line-up seems better placed to win the contest on Friday