About the Match
Somerset has 4 points and placed at No. 5 in the South Group of the ongoing NatWest T20 Blast and will play against Surrey, who have 2 points and placed last, on 12th June at County Ground Stadium, Taunton. Somerset have had a mixed run so far but will be eager to try and win the upcoming match as the competition gets heated up; Surrey on the other hand, with a solitary win is desperate to stay in the race and will put up a fight to keep their campaign going with a good performance on Friday.
Surrey was defeated by Essex in the previous match by a margin of six wickets and with this they suffered their third debacle of the event. They had set a target of 169 batting first with Kumar Sangakkara top-scoring 58 off 38 balls and Zafar Ansari scoring an unbeaten 39 off 16 balls. However, despite Matt Dunn picking up 3 wickets and Moises Henriques scalping a single wicket, they failed to restrict Essex from reaching the modest target. Their mediocre performance also lost them the match against Kent by a margin of 23 runs; Moises Henriques’s 63 off 47 balls couldn’t help the team reach the mammoth target of 193. On the bowling front, Tom Curran picked up 3 wickets while Matt Dunn and Moises Henriques picked up 2 wickets each. Overall, they have some talented players in the team, who can give their best to win the upcoming match. Kumar Sangakkara, Moises Henriques, Zafar Ansari and Azhar Mahmood were the main run-getters in the previous encounters. Steven Davies and Gary Wilson must come out of their nest if they want their team to win the future games. Tom Curran and Matt Dunn have been the main wicket takers with 8 and 7 scalps respectively as of now while Azhar Mahmood, Moises Henriques, Gareth Batty and James Burke are providing variety to the attack.
Somerset grabbed their second win of the tournament by defeating Hampshire by a big margin of eight wickets after powering 173 for the loss of two wickets with nine deliveries still left in reply to the opponent’s 167. Chris Gayle blasted an unbeaten 85 off 49 balls while Peter Trego adding 51 runs to the board. On the bowling front, Jim Allenby, Sohail Tanvir and Lewis Gregory took a wicket each to break the tempo of the Hampshire batting line-up. Somerset however, suffered defeat against Kent in their 3rd match as Chris Gayle’s brilliant 151 off 62 balls was not enough to overcome the challenge and lost the match by 3 runs. Alfonso Thomas picked up 3 wickets in that game but the others failed to make a bigger impact. The team has a strong batting line-up with dangerous batsmen like Chris Gayle, who can beat any team single handedly and will continue with his blistering form in the next match also. Peter Trego and James Hildreth are also in good form; Jim Allenby is a fine all-rounder while Marcus Trescothick and Tom Cooper have yet to find their form. Bowlers Sohail Tanvir, Jamie Overton, Lewis Gregory, Alfonso Thomas and Max Waller will continue to provide the regular breakthroughs and the team looks well prepared to take on Surrey on Friday.
Both teams need a win to better than group standings; Somerset is a well-balanced team with explosive top-order batsman and bowlers as compared to Surrey and we expect them to win the match.