Gloucestershire and Somerset sit at third and fourth position respectively in the South group of the Vitality T20 Blast 2019. Though Somerset are a point behind Gloucestershire, they have a game in hand, and a win on Friday can take them to 11 points, a point more than Gloucestershire.
Friday will also see seven more T20 Blast matches being played at the same time. Nottinghamshire vs Derbyshire, Northamptonshire vs Leicestershire, Lancashire vs Warwickshire, Yorkshire vs Durham, Kent vs Sussex, Hampshire vs Surrey, Essex vs Glamorgan will kick off along with the Somerset vs Gloucestershire match.
The South group match between Somerset and Gloucestershire in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played on The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton on Friday, August 16 at 05:30 PM GMT.
The opening pair of wicket-keeper batsman Tom Banton and Pakistan’s Babar Azam looks in scintillating form with a century each in the last two matches. Somerset captain Tom Abell has also looked in good nick with a half century against Kent.
Predicted Playing XI
Jerome Taylor, James Hildreth, Roelof van der Merwe, Peter Trego, Max Waller, Lewis Gregory (c), Babar Azam, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Tom Abell, Tom Banton (wk)
With nine wickets in as many matches David Payne and Andrew Tye lead the bowling for Gloucestershire. With 196 runs in nine matches, Ryan Higgins is another important player for them, who can also chip in with a few overs.
Predicted Playing XI
Michael Klinger, Tom Smith, Chris Dent (c), David Payne, Jack Taylor, Gareth Roderick, Matt Taylor, Miles Hammond, Ryan Higgins, James Bracey (wk), Ethan Bamber
Injury and Availability News:
No injury concern from both sides as of now.
Weather and pitch report
Expected temperatures are around 20 degrees which sounds excellent for cricket. Although light showers are expected during the day, it doesn’t seem like it would affect cricket.
The Taunton pitch has always been a high scoring one with an average first innings score of 194. The ground once saw England Woman score 250 runs in 20 overs. The pitch shows signs of slowing down towards the second innings, and the team batting first generally has a slight advantage.
Somerset and Gloucestershire, in their last five matches, have won two each, with one match being called off. The upcoming contest should be another ripping contest with both teams looking to take a step towards the knockout stage of the tournament.
The toss should play a crucial role and the team winning the toss seems to have an advantage due to nature of the pitch.
Dream XI Prediction Team:
Batters: Babar Azam, Miles Hammond, Tom Abell, Michael Klinger
All-rounders: Roelof Van Der Merwe, Ryan Higgins, Jeroem Taylor
Bowlers: Max Waller, Craig Overton, Andrew Tye
Wicketkeeper: Tom Banton
Captain & Vice-captain: Babar Azam and Tom Banton