SOM vs ESS Dream11 : On the opposite side of massive run chases in their previous encounters, Essex and Somerset close out Wednesday’s proceedings in the Vitality Blast
With just three points separating Somerset in seventh place and Middlesex in second, the competitiveness of the South Group can be easily augured from these numbers. As we start heading towards the culminating stages of the group stage matches, the margin for error are growing smaller by the day with sides sparing no expense in their bid for a spot in the top 4 of the group.
This is what is bound to make today’s final encounter between Essex Eagles and Somerset an absolute humdinger. And with both the sides scoring colossal runs in their previous encounter, showcasing their batting exuberance as they stamped their authority as batting units, expect this to be a run feast, one where the scoreboard can end up reading extremely silly scores.
Stepping out in pursuit on Middlesex’s 215 in the last encounter, Somerset saw themselves being bundled out for 180 with the middle-order making for horrid viewing. From a position of 79-1, the side slumped to 107-7 as the batting order ended up unravelling, seeing only one batsman from the number 5 to 11 position go onto score in double digits.
Elsewhere, Essex Eagles find themselves on the right side of things as the side went onto win their second match of the league. They ended up raking up a humungous 206-3, one Gloucestershire were never able to get on top of as they ended up falling 25 runs short of the target at hand. It was a result which came as a massive relief to the outfit, helping stem a torrid spree of defeats for them and reviving their chances of entering the top 4.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
It’ll be a good surface for batting. Over the course of the matches contested here, we’ve been gifted with solid batting surfaces throughout and it should continue in the same tune today as well. The side winning the toss will be looking to field first here.
Probable Playing 11
- Cameron Bancroft will not be available for Durham Cricket for the rest of the league.
Cameron Delport, Tom Westley, Adam Wheater (WK), Dan Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate, Ravi Bopara, Simon Harmer (C), Shane Snater, Mohammad Amir, Aaron Beard, Adam Zampa
Babar Azam, Tom Banton, Tom Abell (C), James Hildreth, Eddie Byrom, Tom Lammonby, Roelof van der Merwe, Jerome Taylor, Max Waller, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton
With both these sides having exactly same identities, heavy batting units and paper thin bowling line-ups, expect this match to be decided by the better batting unit And this is what tilts the scales in favour of Essex with their depth in the batting unit giving them a massive advantage here. It accords them the fantastic opportunity to come out and lash at every ball in the death overs, adding crucial excess runs in the period which could end up making the difference to the outcome of the match.
Match: Essex Eagles vs Somerset
Date And Time: 7th August, Wednesday- 11:30pm IST
Venue: The CloudFM County Ground, Chelmsford
- Cameron Delport, Tom Westley, Adam Wheater (WK), Dan Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate, Ravi Bopara, Simon Harmer (C), Shane Snater, Mohammad Amir, Aaron Beard, Adam Zampa
- Babar Azam, Tom Banton, Tom Abell (C), James Hildreth, Eddie Byrom, Tom Lammonby, Roelof van der Merwe, Jerome Taylor, Max Waller, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton
Dream 11 Picks
Wicket-Keepers for SOM vs ESS Dream11
The third highest run getter in the league, we didn’t have to look too far when deciding who to rope into our side in this segment. Somerset’s Tom Banton has been in incredible form, scoring runs with amazing consistency. One of the most bankable openers in the league, he came up with 41 in the previous match as well and we envision him getting another huge score today as well.
Batsmen for SOM vs ESS Dream11
Separated by only 11 points in second and third place in the list of run getters, Tom Banton and Babar Azam have helped Somerset pile on some massive scores in the league. With us picking up Banton earlier, we get in Babar Azam as well here. JC Hildreth is picked up as well by us as we pick out the entire top 3 from the side.
Scoring 81 runs for the opening stand, Cameron Delport and Tom Westley were incredible for Essex Eagles in their previous encounter. While Delport ended up eventually walking back to the pavilion for 51 in 31 balls, Westley remained unbeaten as he smashed his way to an emphatic 86, one lined up with seven 4s and four 6s.
He got perfect assistance from Dan Lawrence who scored his second 50 of the league seeing him come into our side as well.
All-Rounders for SOM vs ESS Dream11
He got three overs in the previous match but after picking up two wickets in them, Somerset could be looking to sue Tom Lammonby more fruitfully in the bowling unit. The thing which served him the best was the fact that he came onto bowl in the closing stages of the match which paired with his left arm brand of pace makes him an excellent choice to get in.
Bowling Order for SOM vs ESS Dream11
He was torn apart for 56 runs in the last match as Middlesex made light work of his bowling but what mattered to us when it came to Dream 11 was the wicket he had infront of his name. He’s picked up a wicket in every match and expect him to get atleast another today, making Jerome Taylor our first pick. Right arm legspinner comes in as well with these bowlers always being someone to indulge in a T20 match.
Our two man partnership of spin and pace from Essex is of Adam Zampa and Simon Harmer. The two are the talismen of their side, not only picking up wickets at crucial junctures but rising to the occasion as well by bowling wicket to wicket to give nothing away to the batsmen in their pursuit of runs.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Banton has been chosen as our side’s captain while Azam is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the cricketing fraternity over the course of the last year, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.