Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Somerset vs Sussex Sharks Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Somerset vs Sussex Sharks taking place? Sunday 28th July, 14:30 (UK)

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

What is the expected weather for Somerset vs Sussex Sharks? 21c and sunshine forecast all day

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

Where can I stream Somerset vs Sussex Sharks? N/A

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Somerset W4, Sussex Sharks W6, No result 1
Last meeting: Sussex Sharks beat Somerset by 35 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

SOMERSET

  • Somerset have lost their last two matches in the tournament so after winning their opener against Glamorgan, their two setbacks mean they need to get back to winning ways here to move back up the South Group ladder.
  • Babar Azam hit form on Friday night with an unbeaten 95 from 61 balls but not enough of his team-mates scored at a quick enough rate to elevate their total past their 172/3 and they will want to improve that albeit against a tough Shark bowling attack.
  • Jamie Overton missed the game on Friday but he has had an injection and there is a chance he will be passed fit to play here which means he could come into the side for Tom Lammonby.

SUSSEX SHARKS

  • Sussex Sharks sit on four points from their opening three matches and they come off a dramatic draw against Surrey on Friday night as some tight bowling at the death saw them claim a point in a seesaw match.
  • Jofra Archer made an appearance in that game but he has left once again for England duty so Aaron Thomason replaces him but they are boosted by the inclusion of Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey who will make his Sussex Sharks debut here.
  • Luke Wright compiled an impressive 76 on Friday night following Phil Salt’s rapid start but they will be hoping Laurie Evans can find some form so they have more firepower with the bat to count upon.

THE PREDICTION

This will be a intriguing matchup between two sides full of quality and needing a result to move up the South Group standings. While the absence of Jofra Archer will weaken Sussex’s bowling attack here, they are accustomed to playing without the fast bowler and the arrival of Alex Carey makes them even more formidable with the bat. Their could be plenty of runs in this one between two strong batting sides, but the Sharks have the edge in all departments to swing this in their favour.

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