About the Match
Gloucestershire is in the 2nd position in the South Group of the NatWest T20 series with 11 points after 8 matches and will take on Somerset, who have 7 points from the same number of outings and are placed in the sixth spot, on 1st July at Taunton. While the Gloucs defeated Sussex by 11 runs in the last match, Somerset suffered defeat against Middlesex by a narrow margin of 4 runs recently and will be determined to bounce back to their winning ways. Both teams have good match-winners, who can help the team dominate the opponent and try to emerge victorious on Friday.
The match against Middlesex at Lord’s was reduced to 9 overs only and they had to chase down a formidable 92; however, the top-order succumbed to pressure as Myburgh, Allenby, Trego and the very experienced Jayawardene fell without much on board. Roelof van der Merwe tried to fight it out till the end by posting 17 off 11 while the Overton brothers helped to keep the scoreboard ticking but they fell short in the end by 4 runs. Earlier, the bowlers Max Waller and Merwe took a wicket each and stifled the opposition’s run-flow too but the others gave away too many runs.
In the match against Hampshire, speedster Jamie Overton and spinner Max Waller took 2 wickets each to restrict the opposition to 133 runs, which the stalwarts Jayawardene and Chris Gayle achieved easily by posting 45 and 52 runs respectively.
They are a well-balanced team with experienced batsmen like Jayawardene, Gayle, Myburgh and Jim Allenby and in-form bowlers like Waller, Overton and Merwe; if the batting line-up can focus on putting up steady partnerships, then nothing can stop them from winning the upcoming match at home.
Hamish Marshall’s scored a superb 90 off 55 to steer his team to a competitive total of 184 against Sussex along with good contributions by Ian Cockbain and Benny Howell. The bowlers then successfully defended the total by putting up a disciplined attack in both spin and pace; Matt Taylor picked up 3 wickets while speedster Andre Tye and spinner Tom Smith took 2 wickets each to stifle the Sussex batsmen. Graeme van Buuren and all-rounder Howell took a wicket each to help win the match by 11 runs.
The last time they faced Somerset, the Gloucs had successfully chased down 159 runs thanks to Michael Klinger’s superb 60 off 43 and good contributions by Roderick, Tye, Dent and Cockbain. Pacemen Barnett, Tye and Howell, who took 2-29, did well to restrict Gayle and company to 158 runs. They are in good form with the ball but the batting unit must put up a more consistent performance.
They are doing well in the tournament and they will try to keep the winning momentum going here; they must come out all guns blazing here against the pace and spin combination of Somerset to win.
The Gloucs have the psychological advantage, having won the last time against Somerset, but we feel that with the strong batting line-up, the hosts are better placed to win on Friday