NatWest T20 Blast Preview: Hampshire v Somerset
Somerset play our final NatWest T20 Blast South Group match tomorrow (Friday) when we face Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl starting at 7pm.
There is still all to play for going in to the final round of matches with just one point currently separating seven of the nine teams in the group.
The top four teams will qualify for a quarter-final.
Currently Somerset are one of six teams on 12 points from their 13 matches whilst Hampshire have 15 points from the same number of fixtures.
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In addition a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.
HEAD TO HEAD
Somerset and Hampshire have faced each other on 14 occasions in T20 cricket. Somerset currently have the upper hand having won eight matches to Hampshire’s five. There has also been one abandonment.
When the two teams met at the Cooper Associates County Ground on July 26th it was Somerset who ran out the winners by 14 runs.
Batting first Somerset got off to a good start thanks to Lewis Gregory (43 off 20 balls) and Steve Davies (32 off 13) who between them added 71 for the first wicket.
Jim Allenby then hit 37 off 30 deliveries and James Hildreth 25 off 18 to help Somerset post 204 for nine from their 20 overs.
In reply Hampshire were all out for 190 in 19.3 overs. Lewis McManus contributed 34, while there were two wickets each for Tim Groenewald, Max Waller and Roelof van der Merwe.
Somerset are still without Jamie Overton as he recovers from his back injury whilst Dean Elgar suffered a shoulder injury during the Glamorgan fixture and therefore has not been considered for selection on medical grounds.
Somerset will pick the starting XI from the following squad: Jim Allenby (c), Steve Davies (wk), Lewis Gregory, Johann Myburgh, James Hildreth, Eddie Byrom, Tom Abell, Peter Trego, Craig Overton, Roelof van der Merwe, Tim Groenewald, Paul van Meekeren, Dom Bess, Michael Leask, Max Waller.
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Ahead of the match Johann Myburgh said: “We have to go to the Ageas Bowl and win. You never know what might happen and the boys in the changing room have got a lot of fight. We will all be up for it.
“If I can come out and help Somerset in any way to get that victory then I will be doing that. We will have to see what the mathematics are but everybody knows what we need to do so we will go out there and try to do it.”
Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “It would be great if we could win and the other results go our way, but if we lose and ultimately fail to qualify, I won’t look back at this as a T20 season of real disappointment. To be honest, qualify or not, I can take a great deal from the way we have approached and played games this season.
“The guys have done a great job and remember, we have played most of the campaign without an overseas player. I think the youngsters have done really well for us. Lewis Gregory is a perfect example. He has batted well at the top of the order and just needs to go on and bat even longer to get a really big score. He has been a real plus.
“I want the players to go there and enjoy the game. I think that’s when we’ll see them at their best.”Back to News