Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Essex Eagles vs Somerset Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Essex Eagles vs Somerset taking place? Wednesday 7th August, 19:00 (UK)

Where is Essex Eagles vs Somerset taking place? The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford

What is the expected weather for Essex Eagles vs Somerset? 24c and sunshine forecast

What television channel is Essex Eagles vs Somerset on? Essex Eagles vs Somerset will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Essex Eagles vs Somerset? N/A

Where can I get tickets for Essex Eagles vs Somerset? Check https://www.ecb.co.uk/T20-Blast for updates about tickets

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Essex Eagles W4, Somerset W6
Last meeting: Somerset beat Essex Eagles by 10 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

ESSEX EAGLES

  • Essex Eagles got back on track last time out by beating Gloucestershire after only taking one point from their previous three matches and another win here will edge them further up the table and in contention for a top four place.
  • Their best performances this season have come when their batting has clicked into gear and they have rapid half centuries from Westley, Delport and Lawrence to thank for racking up 206/3 last time out, and that will be key to their hopes against Somerset.
  • Mohammad Amir has made a steady start to his 2019 T20 Blast campaign for Essex but he will relish the opportunity to face compatriot Babar Azam, who will open for Somerset, and that promises to be a key match-up in deciding the outcome of this match.

SOMERSET

  • Somerset are languishing near the bottom of the South Group after losing four of their last five matches and they recently suffered a heavy loss against Middlesex where they came up against an inspired AB de Villiers.
  • The absence of skipper Lewis Gregory continues to be a major issue for the team as it has completely upset the balance of the side, and they will struggle to replace the talented all-rounder.
  • The pressure will be firmly on their big-hitting opening duo of Banton and Babar Azam in this match on the small Chelmsford pitch, while the Overton brothers really need to improve with the ball and keep this Eagles side at bay.

THE PREDICTION

This is an intriguing game as much will depend on which team’s big-hitting batsmen can take advantage of the small boundaries at Chelmsford. Essex Eagles have struggled to find any consistency so far as they have been brilliant one game and poor the next. They do however have greater quality and balance in their side compared to Somerset, and the hosts should have too much firepower on home territory.

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