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Somerset vs Middlesex - NatWest T20 Blast 2017

  • Middlesex has a power packed batting lineup that is currently faltering
  • Somerset is lacking in quality in both the batting and bowling department
  • The Middlesex bowlers, Finn, Southee, and Sowter are in excellent form

Our Prediction: Middlesex, 1.75Bet on Middlesex for Real Money

Match Information

Tournament:
NatWest T20 Blast 2017
Format:
T20
Home Team:
Somerset
Away Team:
Middlesex
Date:
Jul 23, 2017 14:30
Time:
N/A
Venue:
The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
Weather:
Scattered Clouds, 18.15&#8451 (72%)

About the Match

A spate of washed out matches and some evenly matches teams has meant that the South Group is extremely tightly packed. Teams can jump multiple positions by the virtue of just one win and that is why every match is so important. Somerset would know that as they take on Middlesex and try to improve their current position near the bottom of the table.

Match Preview

Somerset

The only win that Somerset has got in this campaign has come against Middlesex in a high scoring match where both the teams scored close to 200 runs. Unfortunately for Somerset, in the matches that they have played apart from this one, their batsmen have not really got going. Two rained out matches have also not allowed the Somerset batsmen to get into their groove. Currently, not a single batsman in their lineup has scored over 100 runs and it looks unlikely that Corey Anderson will be making a comeback to the side anytime soon either. We think it is difficult to expect Somerset to be able to get past a strong Middlesex batting twice although a rain affected match could give them some hope. The Somerset bowling also does not inspire too much hope with Roelof van der Merwe probably the most accomplished T20 bowler in their lineup. Overton, Waller, and Gregory are all steady bowlers but they could be lined up by one of the opposition batsmen quite easily. Their home ground is also not the easiest place for bowlers thanks to some very approachable boundaries.

Middlesex

Two wins and a tie in six matches is not the best return for Middlesex, considered one of the pre-tournament favorites. Their last loss against Surry came while chasing an average total of 156 which should worry their fans since there are not too many more star players that you can throw together! Brendon McCullum has only scored a decent total in one match and failed miserably in the others. Everyone knows that he can win games on his own but he needs to start doing it more often for Middlesex. We are unclear if Dawid Malan will be available for this match or not since he has been named in the squad for the third match but his absence will also be a big one for Middlesex. Still, the likes of Stirling, Morgan, and Franklin should be enough to win Middlesex matches a lot more consistently than they currently are. Morgan has 147 runs in the tournament with a highest score of 33. We think he is about to really explode and make his presence in this tournament known. Among the bowlers, Middlesex has an in-form pair of Tim Southee and Steven Finn sharing the new ball, a very potent attack, that is backed up by Nathan Sowter and James Franklin. Both Sowter and Finn went for only 19 runs in their last match against Surrey and will be crucial in this match as well.

Pitch and Conditions

Rain has really hit Taunton hard in the last few matches but the prediction for this match is somewhat better. There is some rain around but it is expected to ease up by the time the match begins. The ground is a small one and has a flat pitch full of runs.

Our Prediction

Middlesex to wi

Winner: Middlesex, 1.75 @ Bet on Middlesex now

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