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|RE Van Der Merwe||2||1||0||0||200.00|
|Timm van der Gugten||3.0||0||27||2||9.00|
|Timm van der Gugten||21||11||0||2||190.91|
|RE Van Der Merwe||4.0||0||36||0||9.00|
The clash between Somerset and Glamorgan is truly mouth-watering. Somerset sits at the top of the South table and is all but guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals. Glamorgan is in third place and is very close to securing its place in the knock-outs also. If results play out, then both teams may have done enough to qualify already. Both the sides have also won their last six completed games and come into this contest in red-hot form.
Can Somerset find a way to stop Colin Ingram and his men or will Glamorgan avenge its defeat to Somerset earlier in the tournament?
An exciting win against Surrey in its last game has now stretched Somerset’s winning streak to six games. They are now looking to secure a home quarter-final and give themselves every chance of reaching finals day.
The success that Somerset has enjoyed this season stems from the fact that most of the players in its batting lineup are scoring runs. Davies, Myburgh, Trego, Hildreth, Anderson, and even Gregory have all contributed with the bat.
No opposition can be confident that they have got past the best Somerset has to offer by just picking up one or two wickets. This makes them very dangerous. Even in the last match, a precarious situation of 55-4 was transformed into a winning one thanks to a century partnership between Trego and Anderson.
The burly New Zealander is the leading runs scorer for the side and the re-emergence of his power game makes the Somerset lower order very potent. Somerset will know that Glamorgan is another team in a similar golden run and that its batsmen will have to be at their best in this game.
Stopping Glamorgan from scoring big runs has to involve picking up Colin Ingram early. Somerset will be hoping that Jamie Overton, the second highest wicket-taker in the tournament this season, will be able to repeat his performance from the last match in which he took four wickets.
Overton has been impressive for Somerset as have van der Merwe and Waller.
This is a well-rounded side that deserves its place at the top of the table.
SM Davies, JG Myburgh, PD Trego, JC Hildreth, TB Abell, Corey Anderson, Lewis Gregory, RE Van Der Merwe, Jerome Taylor, Jamie Overton, MTC Waller.
Glamorgan also comes into this match after having won its last six completed matches and in fact, the last match that they lost was against Somerset. The recent dominance has come on the back of some brilliant batting by Colin Ingram who has discovered his touch at just the right time.
Ingram started the season slow but is now in top-gear. His unbeaten 71 in the last match against Hampshire was flawless and it never looked like he was going to get out. How he plays against a strong Somerset side will go a long way in deciding the outcome of the match.
Ingram has some pretty solid support from players like Meschede, Donald, Carlson, Lloyd, and Cooke. It is not a batting lineup which boasts of too many big names but they are all dangerous on their day.
Donald and Carlson are two players that have looked in very good form recently but have not quite got a huge score to their name. The match against Somerset could be the perfect opportunity for them to do so.
Glamorgan is in a tightly contested group and still needs to win matches but with three in hand, it knows there is some room for error. Perhaps one of the weak spots for Glamorgan could be its bowling attack.
The team has to depend on a wide variety of players to be able to get through its 20 overs and does not really have a lead bowler running through opposition sides. Salter had an excellent game last time around, van der Gugten has been good throughout, and Meschede picked up three wickets in his last outing as well but a strong Somerset batting could put this bowling under tremendous pressure.
Glamorgan is in excellent form and that can cover up some faults but there is no getting away from the fact that an over-reliance on Ingram and a susceptible bowling attack make it vulnerable against the better teams.
Craig Meschede, Aneurin Donald, Colin Ingram, Kiran Carlson, David Lloyd, Chris Cooke, Graham Wagg, Ruaidhri Smith, Andrew Salter, Timm van der Gugten, Michael Hogan.
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A few light showers have been predicted for match day in Taunton and the only hope is that it is not the kind of persistent drizzle that makes pay impossible. The pitch in Taunton is excellent for batting, the ground is small with some very inviting boundaries, and there are two strong batting sides competing.
A score of 200 may be par if we are able to get a full game in.
There is not too much to choose between these two sides. The better balanced Somerset, though, with home advantage on its side just edges it in our opinion.
Back Somerset to win.
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