Varun Chopra's swashbuckling 160 choked the life out of Somerset's defiance, as they plummeted to a 40-run loss at the hands of Essex at Chelmsford on Friday night. Groenwald (3-43) and skipper Trego were the picks of the bowlers for Somerset. Chasing 314, Trego was once again at his team's fore, compiling a pristine 50 off 52 balls, but apart from Banton (40) and van der Merve (61), did not get much support from others and were eventually bowled out for 273.
With two wins in four matches, Somerset would be looking to get back to winning ways when they host Middlesex, who are currently placed at the 2nd spot with three wins in four games. Middlesex was imperious against Sussex in the last fixture. The opening duo of Stirling (116) and Gubbins (86) helped them to a competitive 4-288 in 50 overs, which was defended with ease, thanks to an inspired bowling performance spearheaded by Ravi Patel (4-58) and well supported by Sowter (3-43 in 7.5 overs).
Middlesex now head to Taunton, to take on Somerset in a bid to further consolidate their position in the points table.
Where: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
When: 03:30 PM IST/10:00 Local
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Batsmen- J Myburgh, T Banton, Matt Renshaw, J Hildreth,
All-rounder- R van der Merwe, P Trego, (Doubt: Green)
Bowlers- C Overton, T Groenewald, J Overton, Max Waller
Wicket-keeper: John Simpson
Batsmen: Eoin Morgan Nick Gubbins Steve Eskenazi, Paul Stirling, (Doubt: John Simpson)
All-rounders: Hilton Cartwright James Franklin
Bowlers: Steven Finn, Tom Helm, Ravi Patel, Nathan Sowter (Doubt: Tom Barber, James Harris)
Jamie Overton, Matt Renshaw, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren, Max Waller, Tom Banton, Steve Davies, Ben Green, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Craig Overton
Tom Helm, Max Holden, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Patel, John Simpson (wk), Nathan Sowter, Paul Stirling, James Fuller, Steven Finn (c), Tom Barber, Hilton Cartwright, Stephen Eskinazi, James Franklin, Nick Gubbins, James Harris
SOM vs MID Key Players