Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: Vitality Blast 2020 - Northamptonshire Steelbacks vs Somerset CCC
The next Central group match of the Vitality Blast 2020 will be played between Northamptonshire Steelbacks and Somerset CCC at The County Ground, Northampton.
It turned out to be an easy win for Northamptonshire in their last match of the Vitality Blast 2020. Paul Stirling starred on his Northamptonshire debut with an all-round performance. Stirling first picked up 2 for 26 from four overs, not allowing Worcestershire to score any more than 124 for 7.
The all-rounder returned to give Northamptonshire a rapid start, adding 57 runs in the powerplay with fellow opener Richard Levi. Levi made a cautious 33 and was part of a 107-run stand with Stirling which sealed the game.
From just 15.1 overs in the chase, Northamptonshire romped home to a nine-wicket victory against Worcestershire at New Road in Worcester.
Somerset were expected to take on Warwickshire in their last match of the T20 Blast 2020, but like has been the case through most of the competition, rain did not allow the match to even start. The teams had to contend with sharing the two points on offer from the match.
Somerset CCC's Babar Azam, the highest run-scorer of the competition last year with 578 runs from 13 matches at an average of 52 and a strike rate of 149, is expected to be available this season, but only after the T20I series between England and Pakistan.
Tom Banton, who struck 549 runs last year at 42, is also part of the side but will not be available initially due to international fixtures against Pakistan and Australia. Without Babar and Banton, Tom Abell is expected to be their top scorer.
Likewise, Lewis Gregory, picked as a back-up for the Pakistan T20Is will be unavailable.
Roelof van der Merwe was their top wicket-taker and picked up 15 wickets from 13 matches with best figures of 5/32. He bowled at an average of 25 and an economy of 8.41.
Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:
Northamptonshire - Joshua Cobb (c), Ricardo Vasconcelos (wk), Paul Stirling, Richard Levi, Nathan Buck, Ben Sanderson, Alex Wakely, Gareth Berg, Graeme White, Rob Keogh, Saif Zaib, Tom Sole, Blessing Muzarabani, Adam Rossington, Brandon Glover
Somerset - James Hildreth, Edward Byrom, George Bartlett, Tom Lammonby, Steven Davies(wk), Tom Abell(c), Ben Green, Craig Overton, Roelof van der Merwe, Jamie Overton, Max Waller, Josh Davey, Ollie Sale
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Somerset
Who will win? – Somerset
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Tom Abell (Somerset), Paul Stirling (Northamptonshire)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Roelof van der Merwe (Somerset), Joshua Cobb (Northamptonshire)
Most Sixes – Tom Abell (Somerset), Paul Stirling (Northamptonshire)
Man of the Match – Tom Abell
Team Scores Batting first – Somerset 180+, Northamptonshire 160+
Match Handicap Somerset
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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