About the Match
Surrey and Somerset will face each other in the forthcoming south group game on 17th July at Kennington Oval, London as both teams are in a critical situation wherein they must win their remaining matches to qualify for the quarter-finals. Surrey with 10 points from 11 matches will need to come out all guns blazing if they want to be here for the long haul. On the other hand, Somerset is one point below Surrey and will also try to grab 2 more valuable points to improve their ranking. Both teams will utilize this opportunity to strengthen their position and we surely have a good contest set up for Friday.
Surrey suffered defeat against Hampshire by 22 runs in the last outing after failing to chase down the target of 173, managing only 151 runs. Azhar Mahmood and Vikram Solanki top-scored with 34 runs each while Kumar Sangakkara posted 28 but that was not enough to reach Hampshire’s massive total. On the bowling front, Mahmood took 2-21 while James Burke also took 2 wickets but gave away too many runs.
In their previous match they defeated Middlesex by a big margin of 8 wickets and moved into a challenging position by making it three wins in a row after successfully chasing a modest total of 105. Kumar Sangakkara scored 40 runs and Gary Wilson posted 25 to take the team safely home with 32 balls to spare; the duo posted an unbeaten third-wicket partnership of 69 in nine overs.Earlier, Zafar Ansari bowled well to finish with 3-17 while James Burke and Gareth Batty took 2 wickets each to restrict Middlesex to the low total.
Their recent defeat has hurt their morale but they must try to pull themselves up and come back stronger if they want to keep their chances alive. The bowlers are in good form and taking wickets at regular intervals but they need the support of the batsmen too, who must try to build strong partnership and post big totals.
Somerset was defeated by Kent by 22 runs with the latter smashing 173 runs batting first; Somerset batsmen lost wickets quickly and were bowled out for 151 runs. Abdur Rehman and Jamie Overton were the only two batsmen who put up a fight against the dangerous Kent bowlers with Rehman blasting an unbeaten 30 off just 13 balls and Jamie Overton scoring 31. On the bowling front, Alfonso Thomas took 3-28 while Jim Allenby and Jamie Overton took a wicket each.
They also lost their previous match against Gloucestershire by 8 wickets despite posting a challenging total of 174 on with Luke Ronchi smashing 49 from just 23 balls while Johann Myburgh and Tom Cooper scored 38 runs each. But the bowlers couldn’t control the Gloucs batsmen and away easy runs.
They need to improve in both batting and bowling to bounce back in the next match and must ensure to win their remaining matches if they want to qualify for the next stage.
Both teams are poor inform and they need to struggle hard to move ahead; going by performance Surrey is a better team than Somerset and we expect that they will overcome the challenge and win the upcoming match.