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NATWEST T20 BLAST PREVIEW: MIDDLESEX V SOMERSET

THE MATCH

Somerset are once again in NatWest T20 Blast action today (Sunday) when we travel to Uxbridge to play Middlesex where the game is set to get underway at 2.30pm.

Somerset will be looking to build on the point secured at Glamorgan last night whilst Middlesex will be keen to bounce back from their defeat at Hampshire.

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HEAD TO HEAD

Since the introduction of T20 cricket the two sides have met on ten occasions of which Somerset have won five, Middlesex have triumphed in three, one has been tied and one abandoned.

The sides met twice in 2016 and it was Middlesex who ran out the winners on both occasions.

At Lord’s on June 23rd the rain reduced the game to nine overs per side and after winning the toss Somerset put their hosts in to bat first.

After being limited to 40 for three in the sixth over John Simpson joined opener Dawid Malan and the pair added 52 off 22 balls to see Middlesex to 92 without further loss from their nine. Malan ended unbeaten on 53 from 28 balls, while the ‘keeper was 26 not out.

In reply Somerset looked well placed at 48 for four in the fifth over but sadly they could only reach 88 for six by the end of their overs.

The return game at Taunton on July 15th saw Somerset win the toss and opt to bat first.

Openers Mahela Jayawardene and Jim Allenby added 54 for the first wicket.

Johann Myburgh then added 36 with Allenby for the third wicket to take the total onto 97 before he was dismissed for 21, and after the captain was the sixth man out for 64 nobody got double figures and Somerset were all out for 137 in 19.3 overs.

When Middlesex replied they reached 141 for five in 19.1 overs, Eoin Morgan (43) and George Bailey (21) adding 49 for the third wicket, while for Somerset Josh Davey took two for 28 from four against his former county.

TEAM NEWS

Corey Anderson is once again missing from the squad as he recovers from his back spasm whilst Johann Myburgh has withdrawn from the squad after suffering a flare up of his recent hand injury. Somerset will pick the starting XI from the following squad.

Jim Allenby (c), Steve Davies (wk), James Hildreth, Peter Trego, Adam Hose, Tom Banton, Roelof van der Merwe, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Tim Groenewald, Max Waller and Michael Leask.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the game Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “Uxbridge is a great place to play. It’s a really good wicket, the outfield’s fast and it’s usually a high-scoring ground. Middlesex won a nail-biter against Surrey but then lost at Hampshire on Friday so they’ll be looking to bounce back.”

This match will be Somerset’s fourth in the competition so far and all of them have been away from the Cooper Associates County Ground. How have the players been dealing with life on the road? “It’s just one of those things,” said Matt. “There’s been a highly successful Women’s World Cup taking place in Taunton and everyone associated with the Club is really proud that we have been able to host so many matches in that competition. It’s important that we win this match to give our supporters something to cheer on our return.”

NEXT MATCHES

Somerset’s next match is at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Friday July 21st when we entertain Gloucestershire in the NatWest T20 Blast. This match is a complete sell out.

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