Cricket Match Predictions and Preview: Bob Willis Trophy 2020 - Somerset vs Glamorgan - Round 1
The Round 1 match between Somerset and Glamorgan, in the Bob Willis Trophy 2020, which takes the place of the County Championship 2020, will be played at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.
Somerset were up to the mark last year with nine wins and three losses from their 14 matches and were only behind Essex in the points table with 217 points.
Tom Abell was the leading run-scorer for Somerset in the last season with 756 runs from 14 games but he had an average of just 31.50. The Somerset batters will have to do better this time around in order to make a mark.
Somerset had star-studded personnel in their batting line-up with Babar Azam, Tom Banton and Matthew Wade set to play for the side. As it turns out, none of the three will be available.
Lewis Gregory was their top wicket-taker last season with 51 wickets from 11 matches at an average of a shade over 15. Craig Overton was also successful last year and will be crucial for their bowling attack, if and when he's available.
Glamorgan were initially not supposed to rope in South Africa-born Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne last year but a few last minute moves led to the procurement. The team was certainly not disappointed as Labuschagne set the the Championship on fire with 1,114 runs from 10 games at an average of over 65, scoring five centuries and five half-centuries. What Glamorgan would have not given to see Labuschagne play this year as well!
In Labuschagne's absence, David Lloyd, Billy Root and Kiran Carlson will shoulder Glamorgan's batting line-up.
Michael Hogan was the team's most successful bowler last year with 46 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 21.17 and will be the leader of their bowling pack.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Somerset - James Hildreth, Steven Davies, George Bartlett, Tom Abell, Ben Green, Eddie Byrom, Lewis Gregory, Roelof van der Merwe, Josh Davey, Jack Brooks, Jack Brookes
Glamorgan - Nick Selman, Charlie Humphrey, David Lloyd, Billy Root, Kiran Carlson, Chris Cooke, Craig Meschede, Andrew Salter, Marchant de Lange, Timm Van der Gugten, Michael Hogan
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Somerset
Who will win? – Somerset
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Tom Abell (Somerset), David Lloyd (Glamorgan)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Michael Hogan (Glamorgan)
Most Sixes – Tom Abell (Somerset), Billy Root (Glamorgan)
Man of the Match – Tom Abell
Team Scores Batting first – Somerset 330+, Glamorgan 270+
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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