Vitality t20 Blast 2020 – Birmingham Bears vs Somerset CCC Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Birmingham Bears vs Somerset CCC taking place? Friday 28th August, 18:30 (UK)

Where is Birmingham Bears vs Somerset CCC taking place? Edgbaston

What is the expected weather for Birmingham Bears vs Somerset CCC? Light rain is expected through the scheduled hours of play

What channel is Birmingham Bears vs Somerset CCC on? Sky Sports have the rights to show the T20 Blast so check their schedule here to see if they will be showing this match

Where can I stream Birmingham Bears vs Somerset CCC? You can stream this via the SkyGo app if the match is being televised by Sky Sports

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

THE TEAM NEWS

BIRMINGHAM BEARS

  • The 2014 Vitality Blast winners Birmingham Bears suffered disappointment in 2019 as they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the competition.
  • 2020 sees a new white ball captain for the Bears as all-rounder Will Rhodes takes charge of the side for their Vitality Blast campaign.
  • The Bears will be boosted by the addition of England test opening batsman Dom Sibley, whilst former Yorkshire star Tim Bresnan is expected to make his T20 debut for the club.

SOMERSET CCC

  • Like the Birmingham Bears, Somerset missed out on qualification for the knockout stages of last year’s Vitality Blast, a real surprise considering the strength of their squad.
  • Star white ball batsman Tom Banton won’t feature in this match due his inclusion in the England limited overs squad to face Pakistan alongside all-rounder Lewis Gregory.
  • Batsman Tom Abell will skipper the side in Gregory’s absence whilst T20 specialist spin bowler Max Waller is likely to come into the starting line-up.

THE PREDICTION

Both these sides underachieved in last year’s Vitality Blast and both will be desperate to get off to a good start here. Unfortunately, the weather looks set to play spoiler to any hopes of a completed match after wiping out all but one of Thursday’s matches. Should a game be completed, then it is likely to be a close one with two strong white ball squads facing off against each other. With home advantage in the Bears favour, they should just edge past Somerset, who could rue the absence of both Banton and Gregory.

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