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|RE Van Der Merwe||8||4||0||1||200.00|
|Freddie van den Bergh||2.0||0||22||0||11.00|
|Freddie van den Bergh||19||14||2||0||135.71|
|RE Van Der Merwe||4.0||0||54||2||13.50|
Somerset is all but assured of a place in the quarter-finals thanks to an excellent showing in the group stages so far. Somerset has won 8 out of its 11 games, including the last five that it has played. In fact, the last game that Somerset lost was against Surry in a rain-shortened hit-out. Surrey is set to play Sussex on the day before they take on Somerset and that is two tough matches in a row. Unlike Somerset, Surrey still has a lot of work to do before it can feel safe about qualifying for the knockouts.
Myburgh’s return to form has been very pleasing for Somerset. His unbeaten 54 helped the side avoid any hiccups while chasing a small total against Hampshire in the last game. Myburgh already has one century to his name as well and is peaking at the right time in the competition.
Runs for Somerset have come from a number of different players in this tournament. Anderson, Myburgh, Hildreth, Gregory, Trego, and Davies have all contributed in a few matches. This is an excellent sign because the side is not dependent on any one player to keep scoring runs.
None of the top-scores of the side are near the overall lead for the tournament but Somerset still keeps on winning.
Against, Surrey, this batting side is going to be tested. Not only does Surrey have the most explosive batting unit in the competition, its bowling is pretty good as well. Myburgh, Anderson, and company are going to have to bat out of their skins to be able to outscore Surrey.
The onus will be on the Somerset bowlers to stop Surrey from getting too many runs in the first place. Overton, Gregory, Taylor, and van der Merwe make a very decent bowling attack. They are disciplined and will stick to their lines making the Surrey batsmen take all the risks.
Taylor is bowling with excellent pace and the former West Indian star could be the joker in the pack for this match.
JG Myburgh, SM Davies, PD Trego, JC Hildreth, Corey Anderson, TB Abell, Lewis Gregory, RE Van Der Merwe, Jerome Taylor, Jamie Overton, MTC Waller.
Two matches in two days takes its toll even if the format is Twenty20 and even if the team in question is a star-studded Surrey. The two challenges are going to be very different for Surrey. They first take on a strong Sussex bowling lineup and are then going to be involved in a possible run-scoring competition against Somerset.
We think that the Surrey will be very confident traveling to Taunton. Somerset does not have a bowling attack that will give them any nightmares and the boundaries at Taunton are screaming out for players like Finch and Roy to take advantage of.
Aaron Finch is the highest run scorer in the league right now and will want to add more runs to his name at Taunton. In fact, Finch and Roy together are responsible for the most exciting opening partnership in this competition.
The likes of Nic Maddinson, Ben Foakes, Rikki Clarke and some very capable lower order batsmen make Surrey the favorite going into this encounter.
Their own bowling attack is also good enough to cause problems to the strong Somerset batting lineup. Morne Morkel, Tom Curran, Gareth Batty, and Jade Dernbach are all very good T20 bowlers.
Curran is the one that is going to be important for Surrey because his ability change the pace of the delivery is going to be very crucial on what is usually a batting paradise.
Rory Burns, JJ Roy, Nic Maddinson, Ben Foakes, Freddie van den Bergh, Rikki Clarke, Will Jacks, Tom Curran, Morne Morkel, Gareth Batty, Jade Dernbach.
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Taunton is one of the best batting pitches in the country and it is not going to be different this time around. The short boundaries ensure that plenty of sixes are hit and defending a total can be quite difficult. The forecast is for some rain in the morning which should ease up by the time the match begins.
This match is going to be decided by the batting performances of the teams. Both teams are strong batting sides with in-form lineups. The sheer power available to Surrey though as well as the superior bowling unit makes them favorites to win this match.
Back Surrey to win