Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Hampshire vs Somerset Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Hampshire vs Somerset taking place? Friday 9th August, 19:00 (UK)

Where is Hampshire vs Somerset taking place? The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

What is the expected weather for Hampshire vs Somerset? 20c but rain is expected during play

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

Where can I stream Hampshire vs Somerset? N/A

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Hampshire W6, Somerset W11, No Result 1
Last meeting: Hampshire beat Somerset by 4 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

HAMPSHIRE

  • Hampshire suffered a heart-breaking defeat to Kent as they were defeated by four wickets as their opponents were able to surpass their target of 136 to win the game with just one ball remaining.
  • With Hampshire only reaching 135 as they were bowled out with four balls of their innings remaining, Kent only just managed to reach their target in what was a low-scoring contest with Kyle Abbott unable to build on the wicket he took with the first ball of the final over as he then allowed 12 off the next four balls.
  • Mason Crane is out with a side strain and is replaced in the 14-man squad by all-rounder Ian Holland although he will face competition for a place in the side with Hampshire having several options at their disposal.

SOMERSET

  • If Somerset are to reach the quarter-finals of the T20 Blast, it is likely going to be down to their batsmen as they once again produced a superb performance to rack up a big total as they beat Essex.
  • In a rarity of this year’s competition, their bowlers turned up to the party to complement the batting effort as they skittled Essex for 111 in their pursuit of the 226 that they needed to win.
  • Babar Azam has been in brilliant form for Somerset so far and his 56 off 39 got his side off to another strong start and the competition’s leading run-scorer is likely to be integral to his side’s chances again along with his opening partner Tom Banton.

THE PREDICTION

This could be a pivotal match in the South Group as Hampshire host Somerset. With rain set to hit, a reduced game could play into Somerset’s hands if a result can be achieved. They have the top two run-scorers in the competition and with their bowlers producing a brilliant display last time out which could have come as a result of scoreboard pressure, they will fancy their chances of backing that performance up with another win here although Hampshire will make it difficult for them.

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