Vitality t20 Blast 2018 – Somerset vs Surrey Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 10th August, 16:30 (UK)

Where? Cooper Associates County Ground

Weather? 17-18c and no rain forecast

What channel is it on? Somerset vs Surrey will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://www.ecb.co.uk/tickets/domestic

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Somerset W3, Surrey W9, No Result 2

THE TEAM NEWS

SOMERSET

Coach: Jason Kerr

Captain: Lewis Gregory

  • Somerset’s five consecutive wins has seen them fly up the South Group and into top spot as they are virtually assured of a knockout place now after they eased past Hampshire on Wednesday.

  • They will be keen to maintain this run of form and they will not want to ease up especially against a dangerous Surrey side, so they will want to damage their play-off hopes and keep the pressure on them.

  • Their squad remains settled and there is no new injury news, and they may go unchanged which means Johann Myburgh will continue to open the batting following his 54 against Hampshire after he announced he would retire at the end of the season.

SURREY

Coach: Michael Di Venuto

Captain: Jade Dernbach

  • Surrey escaped a difficult situation on Thursday night when they were being hammered in the field by Sussex as the thunder and lightning called a halt to proceedings so they will likely have been happy with a point.

  • They are dealt a huge blow however as star Aussie opener Aaron Finch is unavailable due to a family bereavement and he has returned home while fellow revelation Ollie Pope has been called up into the England team and he misses out too which weakens their batting notably.

  • Their bowling attack will have to improve based on the match on Thursday against Sussex who smashed them around the ground, but they will take heart from the dominant win they picked up against Somerset two weeks ago.

THE PREDICTION

Surrey picked up an excellent win over Somerset two weeks and that was actually the last time Somerset were beaten. Since then they have been in formidable form as they sit at the top of the South Group after five wins in a row. Surrey are just outside the top four places and they need to win here to keep in contention especially with Kent playing Sussex. The absences of Finch and Pope are huge though and if the likes of Roy and the bowling attack do not raise their game, this will be a tough assignment.