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

THE FACTS

When is Somerset vs Kent taking place? Friday 19th April, 2019 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is Somerset vs Kent taking place? The Cooper Associates County Ground

What is the expected weather for Somerset vs Kent? Warm temperatures of up to 22c with sunshine forecast all day

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

Where can I stream Somerset vs Kent? N/A

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

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: Kent beat Somerset by 28 runs (D/L Method)

THE TEAM NEWS

SOMERSET

Coach: Jason Kerr

Captain: Tom Abell

  • Somerset come into their first match in the Royal London One-Day Cup with plenty of confidence as they have won their first two County Championship matches against Kent and Notts, and they will hope to do well in this competition after narrowly missing a play-off place last time around.

  • Lewis Gregory and Craig Overton have started the season in impressive fashion and they will be well supported by England spinners Jack Leach and Dom Bess as they will look to continue their County Championship form in the 50-over format.

  • Trego and Hildreth were key men for them last season and they will look to set the foundations here along with Azhar Ali while they will hope for more contributions from veteran all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe.

KENT

Coach: Matt Walker

Captain: Heino Kuhn

  • Kent suffered defeat in their opening match against Hampshire which was a re-run of last season’s final, so they will be desperate to bounce back as they make the trip to Somerset after suffering that 90-run loss.

  • They remain without Sam Billings and Joe Denly who are away at the IPL and they are weakened even further as Daniel Bell-Drummond is unavailable due to a family bereavement so they are significantly under strength here.

  • Mitchell Claydon, Calum Haggett and Grant Stewart also remain out so there is plenty of pressure on their key players such as skipper Heino Kuhn, Matt Renshaw and Darren Stevens to make major contributions.

THE PREDICTION

Kent were beaten in their opening match and they are suffering from a couple of important absentees as Billings and Denly are at the IPL while Bell-Drummond is also unavailable here. They showed against Hampshire that they can still compete at a reasonable level, but they are missing that extra touch of quality. They travel to Somerset who did not play on Wednesday, but will be raring to go here. They are flying in the County Championship and return to a competition where they did well last season, narrowly missing out on a knockout place last term. They have plenty of quality in their ranks and should get their Royal London One0Day Cup campaign off to a winning start against an under strength Kent side.