Somerset had a quiet outing in the ongoing season despite having two top run-getters in their side. The team has struggled to convert the start into a big score which eventually has put them on backfoot in the tournament thus far. Babar Azam and Tom Banton have been able to time the ball to perfection and have converted starts into a big score. In the season, the duo has registered 267 and 256 runs respectively. However, even then, Somerset has only managed to grab two wins in six encounters they have played so far and are currently placed at seventh position in the points table in the South group.
The team will now tour Chelmsford to face the host-Essex. The Simon Harmer-led side is on the same line as Somerset with two wins after six games. However, they got an extra point courtesy to an abandoned game against Gloucestershire. Essex has brought back Ravi Bopara for this game who was left out after initial failures.
Chelmsford Cricket Ground has been batting-friendly in the season thus far and is expected to remain the same. For batsmen, it’s important to stay at the wicket for long and utilize the conditions well. Further, chasing will not be difficult at this wicket as it is expected to remain the same through the course of the game.
The Chelmsford weather is forecasted to be clear and is expected to remain the same during the game as well.
Cameron Delport, Adam Wheater, Tom Westley, Ryan ten Doeschate, Daniel Lawrence, Paul Walter, Simon Harmer, Shane Snater, Mohammad Amir, Adam Zampa, Matthew Quinn
Tom Banton, Babar Azam, James Hildreth, Edward Byrom, Tom Abell, Tom Lammonby, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Jerome Taylor, Max Waller
Players to vouch for:
Essex: Ryan ten Doeschate
Somerset: Babar Azam