NatWest T20 Blast opponents: Gloucestershire's ones to watch

This year’s NatWest T20 Blast is now underway!

In the next few weeks we’ll be taking a look at all of the opponents who will be visiting Taunton in the competition in 2017 in order to give Somerset supporters an idea of who they need to look out for at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Our first home match in this years competition is against local rivals Gloucestershire on Friday July 21st. The match is a complete sell out but for those lucky enough to have tickets for this big local derby here are three players that Gloucestershire will be expecting big things from in 2017.

Thisara Perera

The Sri Lanka all-rounder has joined Gloucestershire as their second overseas signing. The 28 year old has played in 56 IT20’s scoring 654 runs at an average of 22.55. He has also taken 36 wickets at an average of 28.52.

He has played in all formats of the game for Sri Lanka and although he is primarily a threat with the ball he is a dangerous lower middle order batsman. He is also a regular in the IPL having represented a number of franchises including Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rising Pune Supergiants.

Michael Klinger

Michael Klinger has become a firm favourite with the Gloucestershire supporters since arriving in December 2012. He has been a prolific run scorer for the county and finally earned a long overdue international call up earlier this year.

He has played in 136 T20 matches, scoring over 4300 runs at an average of 39. His three IT20 matches have yielded an impressive 143 runs at an average of 47.66.

Michael Klinger NatWest T20 Blast Stats 2016:

  • Innings: 14
  • Runs: 548
  • Highest Score: 101
  • Average: 49.81
  • Strike Rate: 134.64
  • Fours: 58
  • Sixes: 16

Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor made his way through the club’s academy and made his debut in for the county in 2010.

The 25 year old made headlines back in 2015 when his man of the match performance helped his side to Royal London One-Day Cup success over Surrey at Lord’s.

He also impressed for the county in last years NatWest T20 Blast and his 80 from just 41 balls took Gloucestershire within a whisker of qualifying for Finals Day.

Jack Taylor NatWest T20 Blast stats 2016:

  • Innings: 4
  • Runs: 161
  • Highest Score: 80
  • Average: 53.66
  • Strike Rate: 167.70
  • Fours: 14
  • Sixes: 9 

The Somerset v Gloucestershire local derby is always fiercely contested and history is currently on Somerset’s side with the team from Taunton having won 12 of the 26 encounters to Gloucestershire’s nine. There have also been three abandonments and two no-results.

Tickets for our home NatWest T20 Blast match against Gloucestershire on July 21st have now sold out and tickets for our remaining fixtures are going fast.

You can buy a six match pass for our remaining fixtures now for just £89 for adults and £30 for under 19s.

Make sure that you don’t miss out on the explosive action of this year’s NatWest T20 Blast!

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here

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