BigMozzyDog Posted June 3, 2016 Share Posted June 3, 2016 Somerset vs Essex - 4pts Somerset to win at 10/11 Last season, Chris Gayle hit runs for fun in his six-game stint for Somerset, including 151* against Kent, and 92 against today’s opponents, the Essex Eagles. Can he repeat that performance this term? Somerset made an indifferent start to the T20 Blast 2016 with a poor bowling display away to Sussex Sharks. The home team was able post a huge score, with a Chris Nash ton helping them to 222. Although Somerset came nowhere near chasing such an above par total, they did score, what would have been a respectable first innings. For bowlers like Jamie Overton and Yasir Arafat to bowl so poorly, surely must be an anomaly. For that reason, we’re giving them the benefit of the doubt here. Mahela Jayawardene started his campaign with a classy half-century, showing he’s continued his sensational form from the legends T20 in the UAE, and from the Big Bash. The 39 year old, Sri Lankan is still a force in this format, and could provide the perfect foil for Gayle. As for the big Jamaican, he will need to be wary of the pace of Essex’s Wahab Riaz at the start, but if the Pakistani seamer bowls first change, he will be able to get his teeth in to David Masters and Matt Quinn, neither of whom are blessed with any real zip. Gayle could go very big here. As for Essex, they are no mugs, but their weakness with the ball could be exposed on the excellent County Ground track. With the bat, however, they could provide some threat, especially through Jesse Ryder, who clobbered a 23-ball 42 in the first game. Also with pedigree at this level is Ryan Ten Doeschate. The Dutchman is a consistent performer, who contributes well with bat and ball. He’s in some decent form too, hitting an unbeaten 30 last time, and hammering a 145 in his last first class game. That said, Essex were only up against a very poor Glamorgan in their first T20 Blast match, and will find it much tougher here. On this wicket, renowned for high scores, the Essex attack should prove to pedestrian for the power hitters of Somerset. You can back Somerset to win at 10/11 with Coral. As for the other markets, the sixes line makes for interesting reading. The County Ground is the highest scoring in the country in terms of runs per over, and Gayle himself smashed 15 in his huge knock against Kent last year. They have hitters throughout, with Peter Trego an especially good ball striker, and Roelf van der Merwe helped himself to five in the last game. The line looks low to me, so we’re all over 15 sixes in the match. You can back over 15 sixes in the match at 5/6 with Bet365. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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