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|RE Van Der Merwe||12||8||2||0||150.00|
|RE Van Der Merwe||3.3||0||35||0||10.00|
An impressive start to the Vitality Blast 2018 for both the teams competing in this match has made this one of the best matches to look out for this weekend. Somerset will be taking on Kent and there is very little to choose between the sides. Will Somerset’s batting continue to come good or will the impressive bowling attack of Kent have its day in the sun? It may come down to the small moments in this match to separate the two teams.
Peter Trego stroked an unbelievable 72 not out from 41 deliveries to start Somerset off in the best way possible. His inning included three hits over the boundary and came at a crucial moment in a tricky run chase.
His inning overshadowed the equally impressive effort from Davies who had scored 60 runs from just 28 deliveries as well. Hildreth and Corey Anderson also showed some good form with the bat although the one over that Corey Anderson bowled was pretty terrible.
The burly New Zealander will be playing as a batsman only for the next few matches. It will be interesting to see how he goes against his countryman, Adam Milne, who has started the tournament very impressively as well.
With players like Myburgh in the lineup who have not yet hit top-form, the Somerset batting lineup is very dangerous. It may not have the superstars that some of the other teams have but the sum of their players seems to outperform expectations on a regular basis.
Roelof van der Merwe had an excellent outing in the last match. His four overs went for 22 runs and even though he did not take a wicket, he ensured that the opposition never got away from Somerset. Spin is expected to play a big role in this tournament and van der Merwe look set to be that central figure for Somerset this season.
Waller and Gregory were steady as well but we think these bowlers need a little cushion from the batting to be really effective. Somerset has the batting figured out but will need its bowling to be much better against a strong Kent Spitfires team.
JG Myburgh, SM Davies, PD Trego, JC Hildreth, Corey Anderson, TB Abell, Lewis Gregory, RE Van Der Merwe, Jamie Overton, Josh Davey, MTC Waller.
Joe Denly basically did everything on his own in the last match. He scored a century, took a hat-trick, and left the mopping up for his teammates. In an innings of that significance, the fact that Denly hit only two sixes stood out.
Players like Heino Kuhn, Craig Braithwaite, and Sam Billings will look to change that once they get a chance to spend some more time at the crease.
A look at this Kent batting lineup shows immense power and class. Somerset will have a tough time keeping this batting unit quiet, especially on a ground where some of the highest scores in county cricket have been recorded.
We are backing Billings and Kuhn to take their chances earlier rather than later in the tournament.
The bowling for Kent was led by Milne in the last match. He bowled with excellent pace, took three wickets, and showed his ability to bowl at all stages of the match. Milne had an outstanding season for Kent last year as well and the fact that he is available for the entire season this year is a huge plus for the team.
Carlos Braithwaite is not our favorite bowler but he must be given credit for starting well in the first match. He took two wickets, bowled a tight line, and changed his length when needed. His lack of pace, though, could make him a target against Somerset's strong batting lineup.
With Denly, Qayyum, and Haggett bowling well, Kent has a well-rounded bowling unit and could not have started better in this tournament.
Joe Denly, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Heino Kuhn, Sam Billings, Alex Blake, Carlos Brathwaite, Sean Dickson, Calum Haggett, Adam Milne, Imran Qayyum, Mitchell Claydon.
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The weather in Taunton is expected to be good for this match and no interruptions are currently predicted. The pitch was fantastic for batting and is not going to change. These two strong batting units should have a field day, although, the bowling is not too bad on both sides either.
We think a score of 180 will be par for the total.
Kent has managed to win the last five matches it has played against Somerset. With the kind of start that Kent has had, we find it very hard to back the home team in this match. The batting on both sides is strong and we think the bowling will make all the difference. That is where Kent is the stronger side.
Back Kent to win.