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

THE FACTS

When is Middlesex vs Somerset taking place? Wednesday 1st May, 2019 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is Middlesex vs Somerset taking place? Radlett Cricket Club

What is the expected weather for Middlesex vs Somerset? 17c with cloud but no rain forecast

What channel is Middlesex vs Somerset in the UK? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Middlesex vs Somerset? N/A

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

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: Somerset beat Middlesex by 53 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

MIDDLESEX

Coach: Stuart Law

Captain: Stephen Eskinazi

  • Middlesex sit on six points after three wins from their opening five matches but they know they will have to string a series of victories together now to push for the top three places, and that will mean bouncing back from a heavy 122-run loss at the hands of Sussex on Saturday.

  • Skipper Dawid Malan has been called up to the England ODI squad but that means he misses out here which is a blow to their hopes in this match, while Stephen Eskinazi will be tasked with replacing him in leading the team.

  • In addition to Malan’s absence, Eoin Morgan has already joined up with England while Paul Stirling and Tim Murtagh are also on international duty which combined with a groin strain for Steven Finn, leaves them significantly under-strength in both batting and bowling departments.

SOMERSET

Coach: Jason Kerr

Captain: Tom Abell

  • Somerset sit second in the South Group and they have played some superb cricket in the competition so far as confidence is flying although they do come off their first defeat of the campaign as Gloucestershire edged a final over four-wicket win over them on Sunday.

  • There are no kneejerk reactions to that defeat and coach Jason Kerr has named the same squad of 13 for this match in Radlett, and they will be motivated to get back to winning ways and return to the top of the South Group.

  • Their batsmen struggled in Bristol against Gloucestershire and they laboured to a 242/9 total which was somewhat under par so they will look to improve on that here and will have confidence they can outscore this under-strength home team.

THE PREDICTION

Middlesex are in contention for a top three place but their chances have been seriously hampered by international call-ups as their batting especially is severely depleted. Without Malan, Stirling and Morgan, their hopes rest with Kiwi star Ross Taylor but it seems unlikely that they will be able to compete with a settled and solid Somerset team. The visitors will be motivated to bounce back after losing their first game, and they have been one of the more impressive teams in the tournament so far. This could be a routine win for the visitors.