The home team Gloucestershire hasn’t had too many opportunities to prove its worth in the 2019 Vitality Blast so far. From their 11 matches, they’ve only managed to win 4 times primarily because of the fact that they’ve lost 3 to rain. Now, they play a Somerset team that has been winning on a more consistent basis, now with 5 wins in 10 games and one spot below the home team on the South Group points table.
These two were scheduled to play each other last week but we had 8 games all washed out due to heavy rains. These two teams have always produced cracking contests but I’ll slightly more geared towards a Somerset victory tonight. Keep reading for our in-depth analysis and our Howzat (sign-up with code “READ1234”) fantasy preview of the GLO vs SOM game…
- Tournament: 2019 English T20 Blast.
- Date: 23rd August 2019, 11:00pm IST
- Venue: County Ground, Bristol.
- Capacity: 8,000+
- Series status: Group stage.
Form (recent first)
- GLO: W L W W L
- SOM: W W W L W
- Head to head in last 5 games, Gloucestershire leads 2-1.
- Overall head to head in T20s, Somerset leads 13-11.
- Babar Azam – 434 runs in 9 games with 1×100, 3×50’s.
- Somerset has affected 7 run outs this season – most in the tournament.
The team played a First-Class game int he last week and it was James Bracey who took them to victory with a magnificent 116(143)* vs Derbyshire. He has 200 runs in 8 games this season but is in good form, with his tournament best of 64 coming in the last game. He;s a wicket-keeper so pick him only if you’re fantasy league allows you two wicket-keepers. If playing the grand league, you can choose him over Banton as well.
All-rounder Ryan Higgins is someone you can’t miss as he’s scored 193 runs this season to go with a few wickets too. In a recent FC game last week, he scored a century and picked a 5-fer in the same game, so he’s in amazing form. You can also pick Benny Howell who has 10 wickets in his 7 games this year. Let’s not forget these wickets also come with 100+ runs with the bat this season.
Batting has been Somerset’s forte this season, with both the top spots on the batting charts occupied by Somerset players. Having played 9 games each, Babar Azam and Tom Banton have scored 434 runs and 396 runs respectively, with 1 century and 3 fifties each. Azam has enjoyed a great runs with several centuries in England in the last 3 months here, so he’s a must have. Banton can occupy your wicket-keeper’s slot for today.
Jerome Taylor has been the team’s leading wicket-taker this season and he has been named in the 14-man squad, so pick him in your Howzat (sign-up with code “READ1234”) fantasy team for sure, having 12 scalps in 9 games. Next on the list is Roelef van der Merwe and Craig Overton, both having 11 wickets each this season. Don’t drop Merwe as he can contribute with the bat if needed as well.
GLO vs SOM Betting
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— Read Scoops (@ReadScoops) August 22, 2019