About the Match
The third quarter-final of the NatWest T20 Blast will see Nottinghamshire take on Somerset. The outlaws were considered one of the strongest teams in this competition and have proven themselves so by topping the North Group while Somerset was never quite fancied as a T20 team. They managed to silence their critics though and lock up a quarter-final place after a frenetic scramble in the South Group.
A loss in their first two games left fans of the Outlaws nervous about what was going to happen next. Things, though, improved dramatically and they managed to win 8 out of their next 10 completed games and finished a comfortable first in the North Group.
The architects of their success this season have been Alex Hales and Riki Wessels, both opening batsmen that have dominated bowling attacks with ease. Hales is the more celebrated player of the two and has scored 471 runs with 18 sixes to his name at a strike rate of 210.26 but has actually been outdone by Wessels who has 491 runs to his name with 26 sixes at a strike rate of 149.69.
Both of these batsmen have really enjoyed playing on the flat batting track of Trent Bridge and could easily win the match on their own.
Following up behind these two are Brendan Taylor, Samit Patel, and Dan Christian all of who are also in good form and have run to their name in this competition.
Nottingham did lose the last match chasing 203 against Leicestershire but did come very close by scoring 201.
The Outlaws have a very strong batting lineup that cannot be counted out from any position.
The star of their bowling attack has been Samit Patel. He is the only player for Nottinghamshire to have an economy rate of less than 9 (his being 7.02) and has taken 13 wickets as well. Gurney, Ball, and Sodi have all taken a wicket or two more than Patel but they have given away a lot more runs doing so.
Samit Patel will once again be required to keep the runs down against Somerset in a potentially high scoring match.
Nottinghamshire had a number of brilliant individuals particularly in the run scoring area but Somerset is just the opposite. Not a single batsman from their team has crossed 300 runs in this competition. Only three have crossed 200 runs for this tournament, with one of them right at 200.
Yet, somehow, a look at the scorecard always seems to suggest that Somerset manages to reach large totals with regularity. How does that work? Apart from the three players who have more than 200 runs in this tournament, there are also five others from their last match’s playing eleven who have more than 100 runs to their name.
A couple of players stand up and deliver in most matches allowing this Somerset team to punch well above their weight. Even their last victory against Hampshire came on the back of an 84 by Trego and a 58 by Myburgh. They then bowled out Hampshire for 91 runs defending a string 189.
Myburgh, Hildreth, Trego, Davies, and Allenby are all capable and dangerous players who will fancy themselves against a Nottinghamshire bowling lineup that has known to leak runs.
The bowling responsibilities for Somerset will fall on the spinners, van der Merwe and Waller. Both of them have 15 wickets to their name and have been very good with the economy rates as well.
While Nottinghamshire had only one bowler with an economy rate less than 9, Somerset has 5. The one risk that Somerset takes by depending on their spinners is that they give Hales and Wessels a chance to free their arms with regularity, something that they can quite easily pull off.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at Trent Bridge has been an absolute belter all season and it is all but guaranteed to be the same for this important match. A clear day with a very low chance of rain has been forecast for the match which means that we should be able to enjoy the full 40 overs of the match.
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