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NatWest T20 Blast Quarter-Final Preview: Notts Outlaws v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset travel to Trent Bridge tomorrow (Thursday) to take on Notts Outlaws in the quarter-final of the NatWest T20 Blast.

Somerset qualified for the last eight after securing fourth place in the South Group with a stunning win over Hampshire in the final match of the group stage whilst Notts Outlaws finished top of the North Group.

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The match is also being televised on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event.

In addition a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.

HEAD TO HEAD

Since the introduction of T20 cricket the two sides have met twice in the format and on both occasions Somerset have come out on top.

The first time that the two sides locked horns was in the 2010 semi-final of the competition at Hampshire.

After being put into bat first Somerset posted 182 for five, of which Marcus Trescothick hit 60 at the top of the order before Jos Buttler and Kieran Pollard shared an unbeaten sixth wicket partnership of 75 in 6.5 overs.

By the time the innings was over Buttler was unbeaten on 55 which included six fours and two sixes while Pollard remained not out on 23.

Rain then fell between the innings resulting in the loss of 4 overs, meaning that Nottinghamshire were chasing a reduced target of 152 off 16.

Notts looked to be up with the rate thanks to 39 from Samit Patel and 27 from David Hussey but after 13 overs the rain started to fall again with the score on 117 for four, four runs short of the D/L score after which there was no further play. This resulted in a victory for Somerset, who went on to lose to Hampshire in the final.

The two sides met again the following year in the quarter-finals at Trent Bridge.

The hosts won the toss, elected to bat and posted a total of 169 for five, of which Alex Hales made 78, Patel 28 and Chris Read an unbeaten 23.

For Somerset Alfonso Thomas and Lewis Gregory both claimed two wickets.

In reply Somerset lost Trescothick early on before Peter Trego and Craig Kieswetter added 50 for the second wicket. When the latter was out off the penultimate ball of the 15th over with the score on 106 for four, Buttler and Pollard came together.

The fifth wicket pair then took charge of the situation with Buttler blasting 47 off 25 balls and Pollard scoring 34 off 14 to see Somerset to victory off the first ball go the last over.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset are still without Jamie Overton as he recovers from his back injury whilst Dean Elgar has now returned to South Africa.

Captain Jim Allenby will face a late fitness test after damaging his hand in the match at Hampshire.

Somerset will pick the starting XI from the following squad: Jim Allenby, Tom Abell, Dom Bess, Eddie Byrom, Steve Davies, Ryan Davies, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Michael Leask, Johann Myburgh, Craig Overton, Peter Trego,  Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren, Max Waller.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “In my short time here we have done really well at Trent Bridge and have won two Championship matches there. The last time Somerset played a T20 quarter-final there in 2011 Jos Buttler and Kieron Pollard saw the team home and hopefully we can do something similar this week.

“Notts are a good side and they’ll have all their international players available apart from Stuart Broad, but we have beaten other sides who appear stronger than us on paper.

“We have out-fielded most of the teams we have faced this season and I’ll be concentrating on highlighting our strengths in the build-up, rather than talking too much about the Notts players.”

Captain Jim Allenby said: “It’s been really exciting. It looked at one stage like we were out of the competition but the performance against Hampshire was unbelievable and we go up there full of confidence.

“We have a number of match winners in our team and our bowling unit has been strong so I’m confident that we can do it again. Notts are a good side but I think the game is there for the taking.”

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