About the Match
Surrey will host Gloucestershire in what will be the final group match for the visitors this season. Surrey, of course, has another match to play but that does not change the fact that both the teams will be desperate for a win.
We kept on saying that Surrey has enough T20 match winners in it to never be taken lightly and that is exactly what happened against Sussex in the last match. Up against one of the best bowling attacks in the competition, Surrey absolutely demolished their opponents scoring 193 for 2 in their 20 overs.
Jason Roy reached just his second fifty of the tournament while Aaron Finch scored one of the most ferocious hundreds in this competition. His 114 not out contained 7 sixes and even though he was losing a little steam towards the end of the innings, he still ensured Surrey would have enough runs on the board.
Impressive bowling performances by Sam Curran and Gareth Batty meant that Surrey was never in danger of losing that match. Now with 12 points from 12 games, Surrey has the chance to reach 16 points by winning their last two matches and almost certainly qualifying for the final four.
It will require another couple of impressive performances starting with the game against Gloucestershire. Tom Curran had an off day in the last match but his death bowling will be very important as the Surry bowling will hope to keep the squeeze on a struggling Gloucestershire batting lineup.
We think that Surrey has enough firepower to overhaul any score and that their top batsmen have hit form at the very best time possible.
Chasing 161 in a must win game against Middlesex was the perfect opportunity for the Gloucestershire batsmen to return to form but as things panned out, they collapsed to 100 all out. Not a single batsman was able to withstand the threat of Finn and Southee although Benny Howell did get some lusty blows in during a brief period of play.
A run of low scores has left the Gloucestershire batting looking very frail. The like Michael Klinger and Ian Cockbain are looking completely out of touch. It is difficult to see them emerge suddenly from this situation but they only have to look as far as their opponents for some inspiration.
The equation for Gloucestershire is not very simple. They have to win this match, by a huge margin preferably, and then hope that some other results go their way to stand a chance of making it to the final four.
Senior players like Klinger, Cockbain, Mustard, and Howell must play the game of their lives to have any chance against a star studded Surrey team.
An impressive bowling performance by David Payne in the last match would have given them some confidence that their bowling can stop Finch and co, but we think they will struggle to do so.
Pitch and Conditions
A gray day with some clouds in the day time should give way to sunny skies by the time the match starts, at least according to the weather forecast. Surrey will not mind the one point that they get from a washout if it so happens but that will mean the end of Gloucestershire’s tournament.
The pitch at the Oval will provide ample bounce and be excellent for batting.
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