About the Match
On paper, this match between Somerset and Surrey should be a humdinger. Both the teams have played 10 matches, won 4, lost 4 and are on 10 points thanks to two no-results. They are separated only by net run rate and could be fighting for the last couple of qualification spots with Sussex and Hampshire.
This means that both teams will know the importance of winning this match and hopefully gaining a crucial edge on one of their closest rivals.
Not much was expected of Somerset in this competition. Their team has never been successful at T20 and even their most ardent fans would have had modest expectations. The season has turned out quite differently as they sit at 4th
on the table and with an excellent chance to go ahead and stake their claim to a finals day spot.
Their last match against Gloucestershire was one to forget though. Somerset reached the ground late because of traffic congestion, lost the toss and promptly had their openers back into the hut for just 12 runs on the board.
Johann Myburgh was the only one who showed any real fight as he scored 42 from just 18 balls but a total of 146 was never going to be enough.
The bowling for Somerset showed some fight as they took the game into the 19th
over and van der Merwe took all the three wickets to fall but that was a game they would quickly want to forget.
Somerset has had regular contributions from a number of its players like Hildreth, Myburgh, Davies, Allenby, and Hose but very few stand out individual contributions. No player has scored more than 164 runs in this competition and Corey Anderson’s 81 remains the highest individual score for their team.
Their bowling attack will also need to be at their best against a dangerous Surrey side.
The trio of Donald, Ingram, and Miller were enough to overcome Surrey in the last match even as Tom Curran threatened to steal the game with some late heroics. In a continuation of much of the same story, Surrey’s top players underperformed yet again.
Jason Roy recorded a first ball duck to extend his miserable season, Finch got a start and threw it away, as did Stoneman and Pope to eventually leave their team 132 for 7. That they ended at 175 for 7 was only thanks to Tom Curran’s 51 from 27 balls.
It is difficult to explain how a side like Surrey, packed to the gills with class, continues to misfire with such consistency. You have to assume that players like Jason Roy, Aaron Finch, Moises Henriques and the Curran brothers will hit form sooner rather than later but time is running out.
On paper, Surrey is a much stronger side than Somerset and should be able to get the job done but we are not sure what kind of mind space they will be in for this match.
The Surrey bowling has been much better than their inconsistent batting though led by Tom Curran, Jade Dernbach, and Gareth Batty. We believe it is these three that will determine whether Surrey win this match against Somerset or not.
Pitch and Conditions
The current forecast for the match states a 15% chance of rain which is encouraging even though some clouds are expected to hover around for most of the day. The pitch at Taunton is excellent for batting and the small boundaries make it a graveyard for the bowlers.
Somerset to win