About the Match
With 13 points in their bag, Somerset clinched the top spot in the South Group and will take on Worcestershire, who finished at 4th place in the North Group with 9 points, in the 1st Quarter-Final match of the Royal London ODI Cup at Taunton on 17th August. Somerset has been on a winning roll as they registered convincing victories in the last four league matches and will be eager to continue with their momentum here; on the other hand, Worcs also came into good rhythm as they defeated Notts to make it to the top four and will leave no stone unturned to emerge victorious on Wednesday.
The batting line-up consists of stalwarts like Mahela Jayawardene, who scored an impressive 55 from 62 deliveries against Hampshire recently, the in-form Jim Allenby, who posted a superb 69 in the same match, and Tom Abell, who contributed with a brilliant 106 against Sussex. They can build the foundation along with sturdy middle-order batsmen like Trego, Hildreth, Gregory and Roelof van der Merwe.
The bowlers have been consistently taking wickets, successfully defending totals set by the batsmen and stifling the opposition when fielding first; fast-bowler Tim Groenewald took 3 wickets in both of the last two matches has been effective in containing the opponent’s run-flow.
Spinners Max Waller and Roelof van der Merwe claimed 2 wickets in the last game against Hampshire and can be ruthless; medium pacer Gregory and speedsters like Paul van Meekeren, Craig Overton and Josh Davey bring depth to the pace attack. Overall, they are a well-balanced unit with experienced batsmen and in-form bowlers, who can post a stiff challenge to Worcs here.
The Worcs knocked out Notts out of the competition with a 35-run victory in the do-or-die league match and with some help from the rain-gods, made it to the quarter-finals through the D/L method; with the target reduced from 285 to 104 in 24 overs, the batsmen Daryl Mitchell and Tom Fell, scored 60+ runs each to steer the team towards a comfortable victory.
Speedsters Barnand, who has been in terrific form, took 3-45 in his 10-over spell while medium pacers Rhodes and Leach took 3 wickets between them to stifle the opponents. Kyle Abbott has been superb with his pace attack as seen in the game against Lancashire wherein he took 3-56; Brett D’ Oliveira can provide breakthroughs with his spin tactics and he has been performing consistently.
The batting line-up has strong players like Kohler-Cadmore, Mitchell, Tom Fell, who posted a brilliant unbeaten 116 against Lancs, Joe Clarke and lower-order all-rounders like Whiteley and Ben Cox, who can push the scoreboard forward. With a good combination in pace and spin, Worcs surely seem to be the team to look out for in the next stage of this thrilling ODI series.
Somerset has performed well throughout the league and has a good bunch of match-winners who can overcome the Worcs here; on the other hand, Worcs who have managed to sneak into this stage can prove to be a formidable force to reckon with. The contest will be well-fought and could go down to the wire but we feel that Somerset with the home advantage will emerge victorious.