03 Aug 2018 15:30
The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, England
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Somerset
136/0 in 11.2
12.00
Essex Cricket Logo
Essex
135/9 in 20.0
6.75
Finished - Somerset won by 10 wickets.

Our Prediction

Somerset To Win the Match, 1.70
  • The Somerset team is a very strong batting side with plenty of players in form
  • Essex has managed to win just one game so far
  • Somerset has the advantage of playing in home conditions where run scoring is typically very high
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SOM
100.0%
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ESS
0.0%
  • Tournament: Vitality T20 Blast 2018
  • Date: Aug 03, 2018
  • Format: T20
  • Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, England
  • Time: 15:30

Key Stats

  • Toss: Essex (Batting)
  • Man of the Match: JG Myburgh

Somerset

BatsmanRB4s6sSR
JG Myburgh 103 44 16 3 234.09
Tom Banton 29 25 2 1 116.00
BowlerOMRWECO
RS Bopara 1.0 0 15 0 15.00
Peter Siddle 2.0 0 28 0 14.00
SR Harmer 1.0 0 11 0 11.00
Paul Walter 1.0 0 10 0 10.00
Adam Zampa 2.0 0 29 0 14.50
Jamie Porter 2.2 0 17 0 7.29
Matt Coles 2.0 0 25 0 12.50

Essex

BatsmanRB4s6sSR
RS Bopara 12 13 0 0 92.31
Peter Siddle 0 1 0 0 0.00
SR Harmer 3 4 0 0 75.00
Micheal Pepper 27 30 2 0 90.00
Paul Walter 1 2 0 0 50.00
Varun Chopra 43 36 4 1 119.44
RN ten Doeschate 26 21 2 0 123.81
Adam Wheater 11 9 2 0 122.22
Jamie Porter 1 1 0 0 100.00
Matt Coles 5 4 1 0 125.00
BowlerOMRWECO
Lewis Gregory 4.0 0 31 1 7.75
MTC Waller 4.0 0 30 0 7.50
RE Van Der Merwe 4.0 0 22 1 5.50
Jamie Overton 4.0 0 23 3 5.75
Jerome Taylor 4.0 0 28 3 7.00

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About the Match

Teams are starting to look at their position on the league table a lot more seriously as the Vitality Blast 2018 moves towards the business end of the season. Somerset has not done its reputation of being an excellent T20 side any harm by winning five of its eight matches so far. It is in the qualification zone right now and will want to stay there. Its opponent, Essex, has been hapless. Essex has lost four out of the seven matches, tied one, and won only one match so far. The remaining one match was washed out.

Match Preview

Somerset

Somerset is coming into this match on the back of two excellent wins where its batting strength stood out. The team scored 229 against Middlesex and then followed it up with 197 against Hampshire. Essex has a pretty weak bowling attack and so the Somerset players would be itching to get on the field.

A number of batsmen have scored runs for Somerset indicating the depth that the side possesses. There is no one player that they are dependent on but they would like to see Corey Anderson and Lewis Gregory continue their good run in the tournament.

Anderson is the highest run-getter for the side right now with 273 runs scored at a strike rate of 170.62. He has also smashed 17 sixes in the tournament up until now indicating that he is batting at his best. Gregory has score 189 runs for the side but his strike rate of 200.43 is above all others.

Apart from these two, Hildreth has 196 runs to his name, Trego 178, while Abell, Myburgh, and Davies have all contributed as well.

Somerset should be fairly confident of getting another good score at the batting paradise that is Taunton.

The bowling has been a bit of a mixed bag so far. Lewis Gregory, Jamie Overton, and Roelof van der Merwe have had some good games and some terrible ones. The three of them along with Taylor will be hoping to get more consistent as the knockouts approach.

Somerset Starting Lineup

Tom Banton, JG Myburgh, PD Trego, JC Hildreth, TB Abell, Corey Anderson, Lewis Gregory, RE Van Der Merwe, Jamie Overton, Jerome Taylor, MTC Waller.

Essex

There are a lot of problems that Essex is facing right now. The team is dependent on two individuals a bit too heavily because the rest of the side is not playing up to potential. Varun Chopra is the best batsman of the side by some distance and Adam Zampa is clearly the best bowler for Essex right now.

Chopra has scored 251 runs at a strike rate of 127.41 while Zampa has taken 11 wickets at a brilliant economy rate of 6.77. These are the two players that have put Essex in some winning positions but the team does not seem to follow through till the end.

A poor tournament with the bat for Ravi Bopara, Ryan Ten Doeschate, and Tom Westley has meant that Essex middle order is very fragile. Teams know that they are just a couple of wickets away from being able to run through the Essex side or hold them down to a below-par total.

In a season where the average scores have been more than any other year, Essex is being left behind due to its batting.

The bowling is the same way as well. Neil Wagner has been brought in to help provide some support to Zampa but the others need to step up as well. Harmer, Bopara, and Coles need to ensure they are picking wickets or at the very least keeping a lid on the run scoring.

Essex is going to find itself out of the tournament in a hurry if it cannot change things around immediately. Traveling to Taunton is not an easy task especially because it puts the onus on the batsmen to put up a good score.

Essex Starting Lineup

Adam Wheater, Varun Chopra, Paul Walter, RN ten Doeschate, RS Bopara, SR Harmer, Micheal Pepper, Matt Coles, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa, Jamie Porter.

Toss Prediction

The team winning the toss is likely to bat first

Pitch and Conditions

A cloudy day with only a 10% chance of rain has been forecast so far. Hopefully, the clouds remain harmless and do not interrupt proceedings. The pitch in Taunton is absolutely flat and brilliant for batting. The outfield is also short and has some of the shortest straight boundaries in the country.

A score of around 185 should be considered par.

Our Prediction

The current form and strength of the Somerset team are far superior to Essex. Add home advantage to that and we have a compelling package.

Back Somerset to win.

Our Prediction

Somerset To Win the Match, 1.70
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