Vitality t20 Blast 2018 – Sussex Sharks vs Somerset Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 15th September, 14:30 (UK)

Where? Edgbaston

Weather? 17c with cloud but no rain

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Sussex Sharks W5, Somerset W4, No Result 1

THE TEAM NEWS

SUSSEX SHARKS

Coach: Jason Gillespie

Captain: Luke Wright

  • The Sharks had to make a late dash to make the knockout rounds but that was largely down to having four matches abandoned due to bad weather though they managed to produce the goods when required.

  • They come into finals day without star man Rashid Khan, but they were missing him towards the back end of the group stage and in the quarter-finals, and they were able to pick up wins without him.

  • The same 14-man squad that beat Durham in the quarter-finals has travelled to Birmingham for finals day and barring any surprises, it will likely be the same eleven with the likes of Luke Wright, Jofra Archer, Phil Salt and Chris Jordan key to their hopes.

SOMERSET

Coach: Jason Kerr

Captain: Lewis Gregory

  • Somerset were the only team to win ten of their 14 group stage matches as they finished with the best record and that came after a relatively slow start as the unfancied team put together a strong run of form.

  • They are able to count on all their regulars for finals day and that team is pretty solid all-round with no real stars and all units playing some excellent cricket to get to this stage.

  • They have five bowlers that have taken 12 wickets or more and five batsmen who have scored 320 runs or more so they have plenty of depth in both facets of the game, and plenty of experience to go around also.

THE PREDICTION

Somerset have been the best team up until this stage but the fact that they do not have any major global star names in their ranks has seen them go under the radar until now. Their batting and bowling line-ups have produced the goods time and again, which should give them good confidence coming into finals day. Sussex do have the big names and while they are without Rashid Khan, they have plenty of match winners with both bat and ball too. They are marginal favourites for this tie and arguably the tournament itself, but write Somerset off at your peril.