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2022 Vitality Blast Preview: Middlesex v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset travel to Lord’s tomorrow (Friday July 1st) to take on Middlesex in the Vitality Blast.

Play will get underway at 6:15pm.

Somerset are currently second in the South Group table with 16 points from 12 games, whilst Middlesex are eighth with eight points from the same number of matches.

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HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have met on 18 occasions in T20 cricket. Somerset have won 10 of the matches, Middlesex have won five times, one match was tied and two fixtures have been abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 235 for five at Taunton in 2011, whilst for Middlesex it is 227 for four at the same venue in 2019.

The highest individual innings for Somerset in the fixture is 101 not out by Tom Abell at the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2019, whilst for Middlesex it is 98 not out by Joe Denly at the Kia Oval in 2014.

Somerset’s best T20 bowling performance against tonight’s opponents is four for 28 by Lewis Gregory at Taunton in 2018, whilst for the visitors it is four for 29 by Nathan Sowter at Richmond in 2019.

The last time the two sides met in T20 cricket was at the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2021. Somerset won the match by five runs (DLS).

Middlesex won the toss and elected to field.

Devon Conway made 45 from 26 balls as Somerset reached 152 all out from 18.1 overs. Blake Cullen was the pick of the bowlers, claiming four for 32.

When the rain began to fall, Middlesex were 114 for six after 16 overs, Craig Overton having claimed three for 28.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset are without Jack Leach (international duty) and Sonny Baker (Back).

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Tom Abell (c), Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Rilee Rossouw, Peter Siddle, Will Smeed and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “We’ve got two games left in what’s been a very good campaign so far. The boys are feeling pretty confident and are looking forward to a trip to Lord’s.

“We know that there are no poor sides in T20 cricket. All it takes is one individual to have a day out to have a big influence on the result. We certainly won’t be underestimating them and we’ll be focusing on what we have to do and how well we’ve been playing. If we execute our skills to the best of our ability then we are confident that we’ll get the right result. We’ll assess the conditions up there and pick the XI that we think will win the game.

“I know it’s a cliché, but we’ll be taking each of the last two games at a time and hoping to get two points in each. Hopefully, we’ll get the right result on Friday and then we will see what we have to do on Sunday.”

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Rilee Rossouw is just two runs short of reaching 500 Vitality Blast runs this season
  • Tom Abell needs five runs to reach the 250-run mark in this year’s competition

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

For more information please visit the Official Middlesex website

THE OPPOSITION

Middlesex

First Team Coach: Richard Johnson

Captain: Stephen Eskinazi

2021 Performance: 8th in the South Group

2021 Leading Run scorer: Stephen Eskinazi (399)

2021 Leading Wicket Taker: Blake Cullen (20)

Overseas players: Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan), Jason Behrendorff, Chris Green (both Australia)

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match is on Sunday July 3rd when we take on Surrey at the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast.

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