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Royal London One-Day Cup 2019: Somerset vs Hampshire: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Fidel Edwards added to the Hampshire squad in the place of Brad Wheal.

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Azhar Ali. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Hampshire became the first team to seal their playoff berth from the South Group winning six out of seven matches which could even help them to qualify for the semi-final directly. The International stars in the Hampshire line-up didn’t allow James Vince’s absence felt Aiden Markram’s blistering 87-ball 130 powered them to a huge total of 355/5 against Sussex. They clinched a 9-run victory surviving a sensational knock from David Wiese.

They will be now up against Somerset who won four out of the six matches. They are tied on eight points with two other teams but it is their NRR that is helping them to have an edge. Their NRR was even better before the last match against Middlesex which they lost by a 118-run margin. Somerset needs to win at least one game from here on to finish in top three. They need not rely on the results of the remaining matches if they win both their games.

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Match Details:

The 2019 Royal London One-Day Cup game between Somerset County Cricket and Hampshire County Cricket in the South Group will be played at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.

The match starts at 11:00 AM local time (3:30 PM IST) (10:00 AM GMT).

This match can be streamed live on Somerset County Cricket’s YouTube Channel.


Pitch Condition/Report:

The County Ground in Taunton is gearing up to host the World Cup matches by producing some high-scoring games. In the two matches played here in this season, the hosts Somerset posted a total of 358/9 and 353/9 in a 39-over match respectively. Chasing big targets won’t be an easy task for any team here due to the turn produced on dry tracks here.

Average first innings score: 329 (Last five List A matches)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 4, N/R – 1

Probable Playing XIs:

Somerset:

Azhar Ali, Tom Banton (WK), Peter Trego, James Hildreth, Tom Abell (C), George Bartlett, Lewis Gregory, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Tim Groenewald, Josh Davey.

Bench: Dom Bess, Jack Brooks, Jamie Overton.

Hampshire:

Aneurin Donald, Tom Alsop (WK), Aiden Markram, Rilee Rossouw, Sam Northeast (C), Liam Dawson, Brad Taylor, Gareth Berg, James Fuller, Kyle Abbott, Mason Crane.

Bench: Fidel Edwards, Joe Weatherley.


Injury and Availability News:

Fidel Edwards replaced Brad Wheal in the squad.

Points of selected players in recent matches (Power Picks):

Liam Dawson – 39, 92.5, 29.5, 72, 63, 30, 40

Craig Overton – 29.5, 37.5, 20, 25.5, 61, 113

Kyle Abbott – 38, 38, 15, 31, 42, 40, 36

Azhar Ali – 38, 30.5, 69.5, 41, 11.5, 3.5

Aiden Markram – 81, 73.5, 10, 18.5, 94.5, 33.5, 20

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

The International stars in form of Aiden Markram and Azhar Ali have been quite consistent with the bat are and expected to continue the same. Liam Dawson’s exploits with both bat and ball have been crucial for Hampshire. Craig Overton has 20+ points in all matches he played this season.

Other Captain/Vice-Captain options – Lewis Gregory, Tom Alsop, Roelof van der Merwe, Peter Trego, Rilee Rossouw, Aneurin Donald.


Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Tom Alsop

Batsmen – Aiden Markram (C), Aneurin Donald, James Hildreth, Azhar Ali

All-Rounders – Peter Trego, Lewis Gregory, Liam Dawson (VC)

Bowlers – Kyle Abbott, Craig Overton, Mason Crane

Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Tom Banton

Batsmen – Aiden Markram, Rilee Rossouw, Tom Abell, Azhar Ali

All-Rounders – Lewis Gregory (C), Liam Dawson, James Fuller

Bowlers – Tim Groenewald, Craig Overton (VC), Mason Crane

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Expert Advice:

Bowlers of both Somerset and Hampshire have been quite successful in terms of taking wickets. Craig Overton is best among the lot having gained 20+ points in all matches. Mason Crane could be quite handy given the dry track in Taunton.

Probable Winners:

Somerset will come out with all the guns blazing in the must-win game against Hampshire.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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