2021 County Championship – Middlesex vs Somerset Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Middlesex vs Somerset taking place? Thursday 8th April, 2021 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is Middlesex vs Somerset taking place? Lord's Cricket Ground, London

What is the expected weather for Middlesex vs Somerset? Dry with light cloud on Days 1 and 2 with temperatures reaching 11c, but a chance of drizzle towards the end of Day 3 and sleet showers throughout Day 4.

Where can I get tickets for Middlesex vs Somerset? The County Championship will initially be played without spectators but it is worth checking each county’s official website for updates

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

Where can I stream Middlesex vs Somerset? Matches can be streamed live on the official websites of the First-Class Counties

THE PREDICTION

Once again 2020 was a case of always the bridesmaids never the bride for Somerset after losing out on lifting the Bob Willis Trophy to Essex, the same team that pipped them to the County Championship in 2019. Still the wait goes on for the South West based county to lift their first major first-class trophy, but the strength of their squad has not diminished ahead of their first County Championship encounter of the season against Middlesex in Group 2. Spin-bowler Dom Bess has departed for Yorkshire in search of regular gametime, but England’s number one Test spinner Jack Leach remains and is expected to line up alongside fast bowlers Craig Overton and new overseas signing Marchant de Lange. Jamie Overton however, has joined Surrey. Big things are expected from opening batsman Tom Lammonby, who racked up three centuries in last season’s Bob Willis Trophy and the 20-year-old will be hoping to carry his form from 2020 into this contest.

Middlesex will be captained by Peter Handscomb although the Australian wicketkeeper-batsman will not be available against Somerset. This represents a huge blow for coach Stuart Law’s side, who will be relying on the experience of Nick Gubbins, Sam Holden and Stephen Eskinazi for runs. A low scoring affair looks on the cards here at a cloudy Lords with Middlesex’s bowling attack led by former Ireland international Tim Murtagh and Toby Roland Jones capable of hurting Somerset. However, the shorter tail of the visitors should come to the fore and enable Tom Abell and his men to edge what may prove a thrilling encounter.

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