This Friday’s NatWest T20 Blast game will have Gloucestershire host Somerset at Bristol. Some of the Gloucestershire v Somerset betting tips can be found below.
Somerset won by five wickets and with two balls to spare. Tom Smith was Gloucestershire’s best bowler as predicted.
Story so far:
With eight points from seven games, Gloucestershire are at the top of the points table in the South Group, but share that position with four other teams. Two of the five teams with eight points have played just six games, so this ranking might be a tad skewed for now.
What this also shows is that things are awfully tight at the top of the table for Gloucestershire – and the other teams. One slipup and they could lose their positions.
Somerset, for instance, might be just on five points, but have a good chance of taking a leap if they can win a couple of games in a row from here on. Unfortunately for them, their showing this season has left a lot to desire.
Even with Chris Gayle around, they struggled to get going but now the Jamaican has returned back for the CPL 2015 to the Caribbean. Things are only going to get tougher for them.
And while Somerset would be missing Somerset, Gloucestershire have Michael Klinger who has only just suffered his first failure in the competition after having hit three fifties and an unbeaten 69. His 413 runs in the tournament have come at a whopping average of…yes, you got it right, 413!
For Somerset, apart from Gayle, only three players have gotten to the three-figure mark in total this season and the highest among them is just 121 runs from five games.
Players to watch out:
Tom Smith (Gloucestershire):
Even as Klinger will remain the batsman to watch, we turn our focus to Tom Smith today, who has picked up 14 wickets in the tournament so far from just six games. He has a five-wicket haul too, and the question is whether he continue stalling Somerset from getting to big scores.
Tom Cooper (Somerset):
In the absence of Gayle, someone like Tom Cooper needs to take up the challenge head on. His experience of playing in the Australian first-class circuit should help as should the fact he’s coming off an innings of 84 against Glamorgan last game.
Gloucestershire v Somerset head to head:
Somerset lead the head to head against Gloucestershire by some distance, having won 11 matches and lost six. Two other games were abandoned because of rain.
Gloucestershire v Somerset betting tips:
Gloucestershire to win: 1/1
Tom Cooper to be Somerset’s top batsman: 6/1
Tom Smith to be Gloucestershire’s top bowler
Match starts at 5.30 pm local time (1630 hours GMT) on June 19.