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|RE Van Der Merwe||4.0||0||27||0||6.75|
With just a few matches to go in the Vitality T20 Blast, we are at a stage where either a match of sigificant importance or is a dead-rubber. The stakes would naturally be high in the matches are likely to govern the quarter-final spots. The Central Group match between Somerset and Northamptonshire is one such match wherein both sides would be desperate to register a win. Northamptonshire Steelbacks will inch closer to a playoff spot with a win, but a loss for them would put Somerset at the driving seat as far as qualification scenarios are concerned. They are set to lock horns at County Ground, Taunton, on 18th September 2020.
Somerset's campaign in the tournament has been exactly opposite to that of Northamptonshire. They got off to a terrible start, losing both their opening games, but then bounced back with a win in their third match. With seven points in eight matches, they are well and truly in contention for a quarter-final spot, but they would have to win this upcoming contest against Northamptonshire.
Currently, they are positioned at the fourth spot on the points table with 7 points to their name in 8 matches. While a couple wins will increase their tally to 11 points, their superior net run-rate will ensure that they end up ahead of all other teams in the group. Besides, their net run-rate will help them if they end up on the third spot on the ladder.
Somerset's previous win was all about Babar Azam, who smashed Glamorgan's bowlers to all parts of the ground. Azam finally found the pristine touch that he was searching ever since he joined Somerset for this edition of the T20 Blast.
Batting first, Somerset posted a terrific total of 183 runs on the board, riding on a brilliant 62-ball 114-run knock unbeaten knock from Babar Azam. He pretty much single-handedly drove Somerset's innings as wickets kept tumbling around him before he got much needed support from Lewis Goldsworthy who scored 38 off 29 deliveries.
It was always going to be a difficult task for Glamorgan to chase down the 183-run total and Somerset's bowlers ensured that it stay like that. Max Waller and Roelof van der Merwe ran through Glamorgan's top-order and the other bowlers did the cleaning job perfectly. None of their bowlers returned wicketless as they completed dismantled the Glamorgan's lineup for a total of 117, winning the match by 67 runs.
Somerset had a poor start to the tournament, but with batting and bowling both doing well, they appear to be peaking just at the right moment. They would have to keep playing like this to challenge Northamptonshire, one of the best teams of their group, and if they can do that, Somerset would be well and truly in to qualify for the next round.
Steven Davies, Babar Azam, Will Smeed, TB Abell, Lewis Goldsworthy, Lewis Gregory, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, RE Van Der Merwe, ORT Sale, MTC Waller.
Although Northamptonshire are comfortably placed at the second spot, their campaign so far has been far from how they desired it to be. At one stage, they appeared to be cruising to take take a spot in the knockouts, but three consecutive defeats in their previous three matches have left Northamptonshire in a lot of trouble.
Interestingly, all the three Northants' defeats have come in their last three matches, putting their campaign in jeopardy. Their last loss came at the hands of Worcetershire in a match that Northants lost by a narrow margin of eight runs.
The primary cause of the loss of form could be the disruption in their selection and practice caused by a Covid-19 positive case among their squad. Northants' batting in the previous match was more of a start-stop kind as none of their batsmen managed to keep a partnership going. There were a couple of good knocks - one from Richard Levi and the other from Adam Rosington, but none of those proved to be enough to chase down Worcestershire's 178-run total.
Earlier on the day, their bowlers did pretty well on a surface that had almost nothing on offer for the bowlers. Nathan Buck and Gareth Berg were expensive, but the rest of the bowlers did well to keep Worcs' score in check. Ben Sanderson was the pick of Northamptonshire's bowling, picking up two wickets for 26 runs in his four overs.
Richard Levi, PR Stirling, Josh Cobb, Adam Rossington, Alex Wakely, Luke Procter, Saif Zaib, Graeme White, Nathan Buck, Brandon Glover, Ben Sanderson.
Check out the Dream11 fantasy team lineup for the upcoming Vitality T20 Blast contest between Somerset and Northamptonshire Steelbacks. Don't forget to check back the latest updated team lineup right after the toss.
While the team winning here will be push itself to a pretty good position with respect to the progression to the next round, the losing team will have a lot of hard work to do in its subsequent matches. Somerset are playing this match at home and that could be a huge advantage in this high-pressure fixture. Besides, with batting and bowling both doing well, they will be brimming with confidence. However, Northamptonshire are a better team on paper and for that reason, we think that betting on a Steelbacks' win should be the way to go in this upcoming encounter.
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