About the Match
With just 7 points from 9 matches played so far having won only 3 of them, Somerset is facing Gloucestershire, which has a similar record of having only 8 points from 4 wins of the 10 matches played so far, at Taunton on Jul 11th. They do not stand a chance to pose a challenge to the teams in the top of the table but will play to improve their reputation and ranking in the championship. The two teams had earlier played on 16th May at Bristol, Somerset winning the match by 18 runs, defending a target of 156 runs. They have been having dry spells after that and whether they are able to repeat the feat now, depends on how well they plan and play like a team.
Somerset registered an upset win against Hampshire on 6th July at Southampton by winning the match by 39 runs, spoiling the party for Hampshire, who otherwise would have gone to the top of the points table. Kieswetter opens successfully for Somerset, as he did in this match scoring 60 off 46 balls, as he put up 55 runs for the 2nd wicket with Trego and another 50 with Petersen. In defending the total, they bowled with purpose unsettling the Hampshire team by taking wickets regularly; Trego, Thomas and Nannes, proving to be too good for the Hampshire team to go after the bowling, thus losing the match by a wide margin of 39 runs. Trescothick is the pain for the Somerset team as he is not able to come out with a good performance. They did well to score 150 against Essex at the same venue on 27th June but a rain affected match curtailed the target for the opponent to just 125 off 17 overs, which they did with 6 balls to spare and thus Somerset lost the match by the D/L method. Once again, the same combination of Kieswetter, Trego and Petersen did well for the team and they will definitely give a tough fight here.
Cockbain has been the backbone for the Gloucs coming at No.3; he played a good knock of 52 off 36 balls against Sussex, after the fall of opener Dent with score at 12 and in the company of the Gidman brothers, took the score to 89 and the team put up a fighting total of 138 for 7. In defending it, Sussex succumbed to Gidman and Payne with 2 wickets each and Taylor came out trumps with 3 wickets to dismiss Sussex to just 125 in 14.4 overs, in a rain affected match. Their 3-wicket win against Kent also came through a collective team effort, everyone chipping in with reasonable partnerships to outsmart the opponents at Bristol on 27th June, after Payne, McCarter, Smith and Hawell restricted the Kents to 150. If Gloucs can repeat these past performances, they should not find any difficulty in overcoming Somerset.
While Somerset does have talented players and the determination to succeed here, the Gloucs who have been playing well recently are in a better shape to win the contest on Friday.
Gloucestershire Gladiators, 2.50 @ Titan Bet