2019 Royal London One-Day Cup – Hampshire vs Somerset Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Hampshire vs Somerset taking place? Saturday 25th May, 2019 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is Hampshire vs Somerset taking place? Lord's

What is the expected weather for Hampshire vs Somerset? Temperatures will reach as high as 21c with it set to get progressively warmer during play

What channel is Hampshire vs Somerset in the UK? This match will be televised live on Sky Sport Cricket

Where can I stream Hampshire vs Somerset? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match live on Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Hampshire vs Somerset? https://www.ecb.co.uk/tickets/domestic

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: Hampshire beat Somerset by 7 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

HAMPSHIRE

Coach: Adrian Birrell

Captain: Sam Northeast

  • Defending champions Hampshire will be looking to retain their crown after they qualified for the Royal London One-Day Cup final by defeating Lancashire by four wickets with just six balls remaining in their semi-final clash after topping the South Group.

  • Hampshire have suffered a huge bittersweet blow ahead of the final after Liam Dawson was called-up to the England World Cup squad which subsequently makes him unavailable for this game and that will leave a huge hole in the side as the all-rounder has taken 18 wickets and averaged 45 with the bat in this year’s competition.

  • Captain James Vince and Aiden Markram are also out due to their respective World Cup call-ups which sees Hampshire losing plenty of runs at the top of the order after the pair had managed to score 975 runs between them in this competition alone whilst Sam Northeast set to captain the side in Vince’s absence.

SOMERSET

Coach: Jason Kerr

Captain: Tom Abell

  • Somerset progressed to the Royal London One-Day Cup final after they produced an outstanding display to defeat Nottinghamshire by 115 runs in their semi-final clash at Trent Bridge.

  • After sneaking in to the quarter-finals by finishing third in the South Group, Somerset have saved their best cricket for the knockout stages after destroying Worcestershire in the quarter-finals and will enter this game as slight favourites as they look to capitalise on their first final appearance in this format.

  • Somerset will have a full squad to choose from after being unaffected by World Cup call-ups and will be leaning on Craig Overton to provide with the ball after taking 20 wickets at an average of 17.5, the best in the competition for anyone who has taken seven wickets or more.

THE PREDICTION

Hampshire’s hopes of retaining the Royal London One-Day Cup suffered a major blow this week when they lost three key men to World Cup call-ups with captain James Vince, opener Aiden Markram and all-rounder Liam Dawson all unavailable for selection. That news will have given Somerset a big boost and after their superb displays in the knockout stages, they might be able to benefit from Hampshire’s misfortune to take the title from the defending champions.