About the Match
Surrey has an edge over Somerset while playing this reverse match, as it has 12 points from 6 wins of the 10 matches played whereas Somerset has one point less with one less win from eleven matches played. The venue is different now, as the earlier encounter was at Taunton on 18th May where Somerset failed to chase as they could make only 159 for 6 against a formidable 173 for 7 set by Surrey, batting first. The loss continues to haunt Somerset as Surrey went on to perform better after that win; will Somerset avenge its defeat at Kennington Oval on 16th July against Surrey or has the loss at the hands of Glamorgans on 11th July awakened Surrey from their slumber to take them back to their winning ways, is an answer that the fans will be eagerly seeking.
Surrey had suffered successive losses recently, first against Essex on 4th Jul at Chelmsford failing to defend 165 as their bowlers Curran, Dunn, Peterson and O’Brien failed to pressurize the defiant Pettini, Westley, Bopara and Doeschate resulting in the opponent’s win by 5 wickets with 9 balls to spare, and then the recent loss to Glamorgan on 11th Jul at Lords, failing to chase 192 falling short by 4 runs even with 8 wickets in hand. Again it was the failure of their bowlers which allowed the Glamorgans to dominate the proceedings in the middle; Roy has been able to give a good foundation in the company of Davies in both the matches but Pietersen could not capitalize down the order. Elevating Wilson and O’Brien in the batting order above Pietersen could be an effective measure to increase the run rate. Their bowlers will have to sharpen their attack against Kieswetter and Trego when they attack Somerset with the ball, if they want to maintain their winning performance of 173 for 7 at Taunton on 18th May.
Compton and Kieswetter have the capability to give a good opening start, who gave 69 for the 1st wicket against the Gloucs on 11th July, which mattered in building the partnerships by batsmen down the line. Thomas played an all-round role with the bat towards the end and the 3-wicket haul with the ball, with good supportive role by Nannes, Meschede, Overton which helped them contain the opposing batsmen, resulting in a 7 run win. On 6th July, Kieswetter was at his best after early loss of Trescothick against Hampshire, when he combined with Trego and took the score to 60 for 2; and then with Petersen adding another 55 for the 3rd wicket, helped the team put up 155 for 4. Thomas, Nannes and Trego again played a decisive role in bowling out a hapless Hampshire to reduce them to 116, achieving a 39 run win for the team. They will do well to forget the initial loss on 18th May against Surrey and keep their recent winning momentum going.
Though the match will be a live wire and the result could go either way, Somerset looks well set to win the contest this time.
Somerset Sabres, 2.20 @ Titan Bet