Somerset vs Middlesex: Vitality Blast 2019 Betting

Ed Hawkins

Friday, August 30, 2019 9:08 AM UTC

Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 9:08 AM UTC

What are the hot tips and best match bets for the South Group contest in the T20 tournament?

<div><h2>Somerset vs Middlesex</h2><p><strong>Friday 30 August 2019 at Taunton</strong></p><p>Somerset and Middlesex meet in an absolute blockbuster at Taunton with the winner taking a huge step towards the knockouts in this year’s <a href="" rel="nofollow">Blast</a>.</p><div><p>The hosts are currently in the play-off spots only by dint of run rate. Hot on their heels are Middlesex, who have a game in hand. So, this is a must-win situation for Somerset if they are not to rely on other results.</p><p>Somerset have lost two of their last three, but they are boosted by the return of the talismanic Lewis Gregory, who has been injured. Gregory is on the fringes of the England set-up. Pakistan blitzer Babar Azam and fellow opener Tom Banton are hugely important for them at the top of the order.</p><p>Middlesex suffered a damaging defeat by Hampshire on Thursday night. Batting first, they disappointed by posting only 155. That’s an average return when you consider each of their top five are internationals. AB De Villiers top scored but why on earth was he batting as low as No 5? His unbeaten 34-ball 52 was terrific but at No 3 (No 4 is even too low) he could have done far more damage. The problem seems to be greed. Middlesex are swayed by that phrase ‘international top five’ and Mohammad Hafeez might have to be sacrificed.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>They were never really in the hunt for defending. Hampshire lost only two wickets. This is a Hampshire side who had previously won only three times this season.</p><p>We would love to bet Babar for top Somerset bat honours but, again, he is too short. His percentage win rate is still around the 30 mark and the bookies are rating him at 33 per cent so we have to swerve the 3.0 (2/1). Instead, check prices with Betfair for their individual runs market. We should be able to get 1.83 that he busts 29.5 runs. It’s the same bet that won for us in the Glamorgan match. We know he has an average of 35 so if the quote is higher than that, don’t get involved.</p><h2>Best Bet</h2><p><a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Cricket Betting Odds"><em><strong>Back Babar Azam over 29.5 runs 1.83 Betfair</strong></em></a></p><p> </p></div></div>
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