Worcestershire Rapids v Somerset – 03/09/2020

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Worcestershire Rapids v Somerset – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News and Predictions – 03/09/2020

Worcestershire are still searching for their first win of this year’s Vitality T20 Blast.

Somerset recorded their first success in their last outing and will be keen to add to that.

Take a look at our free T20 Blast betting tips ahead of this opening contest.

Worcestershire Rapids v Somerset Betting Tips
Best Bet Babar Azam to be top batsman for Somerset at 2.63 with bet365
Value Bet Dillon Pennington to be the top bowler for Worcestershire at 5.00 with bet365
Next Best Bet Jack Haynes to be the top Worcestershire batsman at 5.5 with bet365

Worcestershire Rapids v Somerset – Match Preview

Beaten finalists in 2019, the Rapids have struggled to get going in the opening weeks of the tournament.

They have a good T20 Blast record in recent years and need a victory to get them back on the right track.

Like Worcestershire, Somerset’s first loss also came at the hands of Northants. However, winning against Glamorgan will have boosted their confidence.

Where: Edgbaston, Birmingham

When: Thursday, 3 September

Start Time: 12:05 GMT (16:35 IST)

Pitch conditions: The surface at Edgbaston is often decent for batting but does offer plenty of assistance for bowlers. Look out for some swing should there be overcast conditions. Overall, the pitch is often fair for both bat and ball.

Weather conditions: The forecast is clear with only a minimal chance of rain for when this fixture is scheduled. There will be cloud cover but temperature will be around 18 or 19 degrees.

Worcestershire Rapids v Somerset – Latest Odds

Somerset and Worcestershire are battling it out at the top of the Bob Willis Trophy table but now turn their attention to the shorter format.

It is Somerset that are made slight favourites for this clash. They can be backed at 1.57 with bet365. The Rapids are priced at 2.38 by the same firm.

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Worcestershire Rapids v Somerset – Team News

The big news for Worcestershire is they have star bowler Pat Brown available for the rest of the T20 Blast. He had been in the England squad to face Pakistan but didn’t get picked for the upcoming fixtures against Australia.

Brown has been the top wicket-taker for the Rapids in the last two installments of the Vitality Blast and it’s a huge positive to have him back.

He will join Dillon Pennington in the bowling attack. Other options if required come in the form of exciting pace prospects Adam Finch and Josh Tongue.

They still miss England’s Moeen Ali, especially for his batting, but will continue to hand chances to talented youngster Jack Haynes

For Somerset, they remain without the brilliant Tom Banton due to his England commitments but could still be strengthened by returning international.

All-rounder Lewis Gregory and Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, who was last season’s top T20 Blast run-scorers, are due to return to the county.

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The return of Babar is a massive plus for Somerset and that could also bring the best out of Tom Abell.

He starred in the previous match and was Somerset’s quickest scorer in the middle overs last season at 176.8. Having Babar back opening means he could be poised to do more damage.

Bowler Jamie Overton missed the Glamorgan win but could be back for this.

Worcestershire Rapids v Somerset – Squads

Worcestershire Somerset
Ed Barnard (C) Tom Abell (C)
Daryl Mitchell Babar Azam
Hamish Rutherford George Bartlett
Riki Wessels James Hildreth
Jack Haynes  Craig Overton
Jakes Libby Eddie Byrom
Brett D’Oliveira Josh Davey
Ben Cox Jamie Overton
Ross Whiteley Steve Davies
Charlie Morris Ben Green
Josh Tongue Tom Lammonby
Dillon Pennington Ollie Sale
Pat Brown Roelof van der Merwe
Adam Finch Max Waller

Worcestershire Rapids v Somerset – Betting Tips and Prediction

The Rapids have stuttered a little so far and this looks another tough task.

While the return of Pat Brown offered more to the bowling department, not having Moeen leaves them a little light on the batting front.

In contrast, Somerset have plenty of batting options and would be the pick to come out on top.

However, don’t forget the other markets on offer for this contest.

Back Babar to Come Back with a Bang

Babar Azam has shown what he is capable of in flurries this summer, especially in the white-ball game.

He was the main man with the bat during the 2019 edition of the tournament and can come back firing for Somerset now.

His price of 2.63 with bet365 to be Somerset’s top batsman looks hard to ignore.

Pennington the Value Bet

Dillon Pennington has continued to show his improvement at the start of the T20 Blast.

He did really well last year and has carried that forward with three wickets so far.

Pat Brown may be back in the fold but he drew a blank last time out and could still be shaking off some of that ring rust. The last game against Gloucestershire was his first cricket in more than a year and it could be worth taking him on.

In the top Worcestershire bowler market, Pennington is double the price of Brown and that has to worth a look. He can be backed at 5.00 and should enjoy the surface at Edgbaston.

Jack Haynes to Continue Progress

Young batsman Jack Haynes has bags of natural ability and has taken to the Worcestershire first team like a duck to water this summer.

He has also made his Blast debut and looks a decent bet to be the Rapids top batsman, especially if their opening partnership fils to fire once again.

Haynes, who has come through the England age-groups, can be backed at 5.5 with bet365 to secure the most runs for the Rapids.

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Where is Worcestershire v Somerset taking place?

This fixture is being held at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Thursday, 3 September. It is due to start at 12:05 GMT (16:35 IST)

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