About the Match
Sussex have 4 points from 6 matches and Somerset 4 points from 5 matches in the South Division NatWest T20 Blast points tally and are playing each other at Arundel Castle on June 15th to improve their positions. Sussex played their previous match 2 days before and lost to Surrey by a huge margin whereas Somerset won a cliff-hanger match against Hampshire. While the win by Somerset has boosted their morale, the loss suffered by Sussex, who have played only one more match than their opponents, will weigh heavily on their mindset.
They were put into bat first after Surrey won the toss in their previous match and started well with Wright and Machan opening the innings and putting on 43 off 6.2 overs. They kept losing wickets regularly till Joyce and B C Brown combined together for the 5th wicket and added 66 runs, Joyce scoring 45 off 32 balls and Brown 33 off 28, helping the team to set a target of 149 for the challenger Surrey. Surrey made slight of the target and Amla with superb form, blasted 61 off 50 with 8 fours and Roy punished the Sussex bowlers with 81 off just 43 balls with 13 hits going past the rope, two of them clearing aerially. Sussex employed 7 bowlers Hamilton Brown, Arafat, Zaidi, Little, Piolet, Nash and Beer but none of them were effective against a hostile batting display by Roy and Amla; and exposed their weakness in bowling thus unable to defend the 149 and handing down victory to Surrey by 10 wickets. Sussex needs to strengthen its bowling to improve their chances of being abreast with other teams in their standing.
Somerset were asked to bat first by a confident Hampshire after winning the toss, and they could put a challenging score of 176 for 4 with a daring knock of 76 off 58 balls by Trego and promising 57 off 43 balls by opener Kieswetter, rotating the strike but Trego dominating the partnership. These two added 125 runs for 2nd wicket after opener Jones departed making 10 off 8 balls, the score card reading 19 off 1.6 overs. It proved a winning partnership as Hampshire, who made a fitting reply with Carberry and the middle order controlling the innings but managing to reach 175 runs, though in the end fell short by 1 run to make the post. Trego bowled well and took 2 wickets, demonstrating a superb all-round capability; Thomas took 2 more valuable wickets, with Overton, Meschede and Waller sharing 1 each. With this performance, Somerset bowlers and batsmen are better placed against Sussex, who have a weakness in their bowling attack needing to employ 6-7 bowlers without quality and exposing them by experienced batsmen like Kieswetter and Trego.
Sussex is in a demoralized state having lost to Surrey by a huge margin and hence Somerset team is in a more comfortable position to win the game.
Somerset, 1.66 @ Bet365