Local Derby at Taunton today!
All eyes will be focused on the County Ground in Taunton on Friday evening when Somerset entertain their old rivals Gloucestershire where the action is set to blast off at 5.30pm.
With five games remaining Somerset currently find themselves sixth in their group with nine points from as many matches.
To qualify for the quarter-finals Somerset need to be in the top four whilst to get a home fixture they need a top two finish which is still achievable.
Tom Cooper who hit two big sixes in the game at Bristol a fortnight ago to help see Somerset to a five wicket victory said: “It’s always exciting to play in Twenty20 here in front of a packed house and this is a very important game for us because a win gets us right back in the mix and helps us push towards the quarter finals.
“I was fortunate to help out towards our win at Bristol a couple of weeks ago and hope we can win a bit easier than that this time round. However if we can come away with two points we will be happy.
“We have been sold out for our home games so far and Friday will be another one especially with it being a local derby so there is a great atmosphere round the place as soon as you walk out onto the pitch.
Tom added: “Unfortunately the results at home haven’t all gone our way so far so hopefully we can turn that around to put us in a good position and keep our fans happy.”
All rounder Jim Allenby who has made some valuable contributions said: “After losing out at the weekend this is a big game for us and a win gets us right back up there. You have to finish the tournament well so we need to make sure we are peaking heading into that quarter final and need to win four out of the last five.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow left arm spinner Abdur Rehman who has bowled well in the last two T20s said: “I love to play in front of a full house at Taunton and this is a game that we need to win after losing on Sunday. We have worked hard ahead of Friday and we will be looking to win the game.”
Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “ This is a very tight group and we didn’t bat as well as we could do on Sunday. In each of our games we have had a stand out batsman but in our last game we didn’t have one, so this is an area that we have addressed and hopefully put right.
The DOC added: “I’m pretty happy with the way the bowling group is working and we have improved game on game and I thought that we should have knocked off that 170 against Glamorgan.”
Somerset will choose their final line up from the following squad- Jim Allenby, Tom Cooper, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Abdur Rehman, Luke Ronchi, Alfonso Thomas (capt), Pete Trego and Max Waller.