About the Match
Somerset with just 6 points from 7 matches, tasting 4 defeats, is slated to play against the South Division leaders Essex who have lost only one match out of 7 played so far with 12 points, on 27th June at Taunton. Both teams had played the same opponent Middlesex in their recent league matches; Essex winning the match by 2 wickets with 2 balls to spare whereas Somerset losing the match by 8 wickets with 17 balls to spare. Such is the difference between the two teams that it will be a miracle if Somerset manages to change the unexpected, which usually is the trend in cricket; whatever the result, the fans are in for some cricketing delight on Friday.
After a good start by openers Jones and Craig Kieswetter scoring 62 by 8.2 overs while losing Jones, who made 28 off 27 balls, against Middlesex. They lost quick wickets thereafter and with some resistance by Jamie Hildreth, they managed to reach 152 for 4 against a mediocre bowling by Middlesex bowlers led by Sandhu, Harris, Christian, Patel, Dexter and Rayner. Only Patel was successful with 2 wickets and Sandhu and Harris managed to claim 1 wicket each. Chasing the target, the Middlesex team ran into trouble losing Malan with only a single run on board in the 5th ball of the 1st over by Trego. But it was misery for Somerset thereafter, as Denly and Higgins, who joined in the middle after the fall of Morgan at 27 for 2, played a magnificent innings in shaping the win with 8 wickets in hand, Denly hitting 98 from 60 balls with 14 hits clearing the fence, out of which he smashed 4 solid sixes against the hapless Somerset bowlers. Only Nannes and Trego were effective and employing 5 more bowlers did not mean any threat to the opponent. Somerset need to strengthen their attack with better bowling instead of exposing themselves as a set of ordinary bowlers.
Essex is a formidable team to beat and is running high with enthusiasm and determination; winning the toss, they preferred to chase and deployed 7 bowlers of which only Bopara, Westley and Ryan ten Doeschate were not among the wicket takers. Chasing 154, Essex made steady progress with opener Mark Pettini top scoring at 42 from 34 balls, followed by ten Doeschate and Phillips scoring useful 34 off 28 and 38 off 13 respectively to cross the victory target with 2 balls to spare after losing 8 wickets. It was a tremendous team effort and we are sure to see more of their winning attitude in the games to come. Essex Eagles possess huge talent in their armory with good bowlers and a set of proven all-rounders like Ravi Bopara and RTD and handling the threat from Somerset should not be causing much concern for the team.
Somerset has performed decently over the years in shortest version of the game, but going by their form this season, they seem to be ill equipped to pose any threat to the formidable Essex which is fully capable to stay at the top of the table adding 2 more from a victory in this contest.Winner:
Essex Eagles, 1.80 @ Bet365