About the Match
A lot of things will need to go Kent’s way if it is to make to the final four but the first step is to win its remaining games. Sitting on the bottom of the South Group at 9 points, Kent has been a little unlucky to not have benefitted from any free no-result points but there is not much it can do about it. Kent’s opponent for this match is Somerset, a team that is in third place right now and looking for a win to try and cement its place for the finals.
Somerset’s last match was against Surrey, a match it won by chasing down 157 with 9 balls to spare and with 4 wickets in hand. Seems like a pretty easy victory right? The match actually seemed to have been lost when Somerset slipped to 47 for 5 from 8.1 overs with all the top order batsmen back in the hut.
The lower middle order batsmen, van der Merwe and Hildreth and Overton helped win this match in a story that seems to repeat itself for Somerset more than once. Only a single batsman has scored more than 150 runs for Somerset, Hildreth with 209, while some of the other top counties have more than one batsmen with more than 400 runs to their name.
More than 8 batsmen in their squad have scored more than a hundred runs though. The way that this team gets its runs seems to be through a series of small contributions rather than one or two players having an excellent tournament.
Five batsmen have scored a fifty for Somerset this season but no one has two.
The bowling for Somerset has been much more consistent thanks to performers like van der Merwe, Waller, Groenewald, Overton and Gregory.
Van der Merwe has been very difficult to get away and Somerset is relying on him to increase the scoring rate for the opposition. Targeting him could be the way to go for opposition teams.
Kent lost its last match against a strong Hampshire side and will need to absolutely make sure they are on top of their game for this crucial encounter. Kent, in comparison to Somerset, has three batsmen who have scored more than 300 runs in its team and another one who has more than 280 runs.
Joe Denly, Sam North-East, and Daniel Bell-Drummond have been the stand out batsmen for Kent. Denly also has a team high 17 sixes to his name.
Sam Billings would be disappointed to not have contributed in a more significant and consistent manner considering the fact that he is rated as one of the best T20 players in England.
Kent’s overseas batsmen, Jimmy Neesham has two fifties to his name and has been instrumental in clearing the ball over the ropes at the end of the innings.
The problem for Kent has been with their bowling. No bowler has taken more than 9 wickets and almost all of the bowlers have been giving runs away at a high economy rate. This means that Kent always seems to be short of runs or chasing phenomenally high totals.
All four of Kent’s frontline bowlers went for over 10 runs per over in the last game, something that they will need to guard against a dangerous Somerset batting line-up.
Pitch and Conditions
A mostly clear day with some clouds has been forecast for the match. The small boundaries at Taunton and the flat pitch will test bowlers from both sides. Most of the matches here have been high scoring encounters and we expect nothing different this time around.
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