About the Match
The 2nd semi-final of the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition will see Nottinghamshire, the toppers of Group ‘A’ take on Somerset, the toppers of Group ‘C’ at their home turf. Notts have 18 points from 12 matches in league winning nine of the 12 matches, whereas Somerset have 17 points from 12 matches having no result from their tie with Unicorn. Somerset has a better NRR of +1.006 against Notts’ NRR of +0.457. However, the former cannot sit in glory of a better run rate at league stage, as that has only decided the rankings in group matches and will not have a bearing on the semi-final tie, where the performance on the field will decide the outcome.
Chris Read leads the team with lot of choices in both batting and bowling. He will have the services of Cowan, to open the innings with his left hand batting and who can also support the bowlers with his disguising leg breaks. Youngsters Carter, Jake, Fletcher, Hales and Gurney will combine well with experienced Adams, Franks, Hussey and Michael Lumb. Hence Chris can adapt to any situation to meet the needs of the team. Most of these players are good medium pace bowlers and that will ensure that the tail is not too long. Samit Patel with his slow left arm orthodox bowling can test the batsmen, when Chris introduces him at one end in combination with medium pace at the other. Graeme Swann has experience in off-breaks and will pair well when bowling in tandem with Samit.
The man with years of experience, Marcus Trescothick, captains the team and opens the innings for Somerset. Jos Buttler nearly won the last match in league stage to make them to the last four berth. Buttler fired 31 fours and 10 sixes in league matches and is certain to show his prowess in hard hitting. He keeps the wicket too, and that is an added advantage for him. Barrow, Compton will be in top order with sufficient depth and all-rounders packing the team almost till No.9. They have a better left right combination in batting. Elgar and Suppiah with slow bowling will provide good support to the medium pace of Gregory, Kirby and young Craig Overton. That probably, would make the difference in deciding the winner.
Notts are playing at home ground and will be under pressure to perform. Both teams have a fairly good mix of youngsters and experienced players. It’s going to be a feast to the people in the stand leaving them breathless while cutting fours to 3 and two’s to singles. The teams are evenly poised in providing a variety in bowling, experience and agility of players. The difference seems to be in providing a left –right combination in batting, which usually puts the fielding side under pressure. In this aspect, Somerset is better placed. As we see, this factor will decide the outcome of the match and Somerset definitely has the upper hand going into this crucial semi-final match on Sunday.
Somerset, 2.10 @ William Hill