Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Somerset vs Surrey Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Somerset vs Surrey taking place? Friday 2nd August, 18:30 (UK)

Where is Somerset vs Surrey taking place? The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

What is the expected weather for Somerset vs Surrey? 22c with sunny intervals

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

Where can I stream Somerset vs Surrey? N/A

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Somerset W4, Surrey W9, No result 2
Last meeting: Somerset beat Surrey by 4 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

SOMERSET

  • After winning their opening contest with relative ease against Glamorgan, Somerset have failed to win any of their next three contests in the South Group and must start picking up wins soon if they are to remain in contention of progressing to the knockout stages.
  • Chasing 185 to beat Surrey, Babar Azam hit 83 from 50 balls to set his side on their way as he shared an opening partnership of 96 with Tom Banton but Somerset struggled to get the ball away at the end of the innings and fell 13 runs short of their target.
  • Somerset will be without captain Lewis Gregory after he picked up a foot injury and that will leave a big hole in their line-up with the all-rounder contributing plenty so far and it may lead to a reshuffle of the top order.

SURREY

  • Surrey’s bid to make the knockout stages took another hit as they suffered a loss against Kent in a rain-affected match and have now lost three of their five contests with just one win to their name so far.
  • In a game reduced to just seven overs, Surrey were restricted to 54 runs which Kent knocked off with ease, claiming the win in just four overs to condemn Surrey to a nine-wicket loss to leave them in big trouble at this stage of the competition.
  • After he was not selected for the first Ashes Test against Australia, England have made Sam Curran available for selection and he will take his place in the side with plenty to prove which will work in Surrey’s favour in a game they desperately need to win.

THE PREDICTION

Both of these teams have won just one game so far and another defeat here will leave them with plenty of work to do to make the knockout stages. Somerset have suffered a blow with the loss of captain Lewis Gregory whilst Surrey are boosted by the inclusion of Sam Curran following his release from the England squad and that team news alone could be enough to tip the game in the favour of the away side.

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