About the Match
Somerset, with 2 points from 4 matches goes up against South Division leader Hampshire, who have 8 points from 5 matches, at Taunton on 13th June in one of the league matches of the prestigious Natwest Championship. Hampshire is much ahead in NRR also and is a formidable team in all aspects of the game. Somerset has a lot to overcome if they want to take their campaign ahead and will definitely try their best to put up a tough fight here.
Somerset lost the last match against Glamorgan by 7 runs on 6th June failing to chase 176 piled up by Glamorgan for the loss of just 3 wickets, after electing to bat on winning the toss. Except for Wagg who claimed 3 wickets, no other bowler from Somerset was effective against the Glamorgan batsmen who dominated the proceedings, with a healthy 92 runs for the 1st wicket between Rudolph and Allenby. They went on to make 176 for 3 as Hogan, Sammy and Cosker toiled to make any dent on the ferocious batting. While chasing the huge target, the openers lead by Trescothick and Kieswetter fell cheaply and it was left to Trego and Petersen to repair the damage and bring the total to 71 when the latter fell making 34 off 21 balls; then Hildreth joined Trego to add 98 runs to the 4th wicket at the end of the innings, but failed to reach the target by 7 runs, even though Trego made a valiant 94 off 59 balls. The Hampshire team is better placed than Glamorgan and hence the Somerset team should be well prepared to face hostile attack by Smith, Wood,Brigg and Abbott and do well to contain free flow of runs from the blades of Carberry, Vince, Adams and Shah.
Hampshire played their last match against Kent on 5th June and had tasted a handsome win by 22 runs after setting a target of 172 runs, which the Kent team failed to chase, Carberry and Adams being the stars of the game. Smith, Maxwell, Briggs and Abbott bowled well to contain the Kent batsmen, who succumbed to Briggs’ superb bowling claiming 2 wickets. Intimidate bowling by the Hampshire bowlers did not allow much freedom to the Kents and thereby restricted them to just 149 for 4; Somerset is not as tough a team with Trescothick not contributing much for the success of the team. Trego, Petersen and Hildreth are patient enough to resist and hence care needs to be taken by the Hampshire bowlers, who should not have much difficulty to dislodge. Carberry, Vince, Adams and Shah have the capacity to score fast enough to reach a target or set a target; the batsmen from lower the order can also contribute for the cause of the team, should the need arise.
Hampshire is well equipped to make a dent on the Somerset team and unsettle the batsmen; being the leaders here, they will not find it difficult to face any kind of situation and win the game.
Hampshire, 1.72 @ TitanBet