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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Back Bravo to display white-ball skills for Middlesex

Jamie Overton can get in the wickets for Somerset

Dwayne Bravo celebrates a wicket for Middlesex
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Somerset v Middlesex
Sky Sports Cricket, 4pm Sunday

Somerset beat Middlesex by four wickets at Lord's last week and were it not for a weather warning for high winds and heavy rain, they would look worth a wager at 10-11 to repeat the trick in the T20 Blast at Taunton.

The Cidermen, who followed up their St John's Wood success with a decent victory at Glamorgan before succumbing to Surrey in a ten-over thrash at The Oval on Friday, are an extremely well-balanced shortest-format side.

They will be determined to stay firmly in the hunt for one of the four South Group quarter-final spots. Their two other defeats this term have been to Gloucestershire and Kent, the top two in the standings. 

Six Somerset batsmen have compiled 100 or more runs in the tournament, with big-hitting New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson leading the way with 200.

Middlesex did get themselves back in the last-eight race with a second win over Hampshire at Lord's on Thursday but the bottom-of-the-table side unravelled from 89-1 in pursuit of 164.

Eoin Morgan's men had come up short at the Rose Bowl previously and were always struggling to keep second-bottom Essex's chase in check at Chelmsford in their other road game.

The best-value betting approach looks to be split stakes on Jamie Overton and Dwayne Bravo being the leading wicket-takers for their sides.

The more rapid Overton twin took eight wickets in last week's Championship win over Worcestershire and is due a decent haul after spreading five wickets across his six T20 games.

Bravo took 2-38 in the Lord's meeting - to lose out on runs conceded to Tom Helm in this market - and his seven wickets in six outings show he remains one of the best movers of a white ball in the world.

There are similarly horrible weather forecasts for Cardiff, Hove and Worcester, where the North Group top two are set to tussle.

J Overton top Somerset wicket-taker
1pt 10-3 bet365
D Bravo top Middlesex wicket-taker
1pt 11-4 bet365

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Their two other defeats this term have been to Gloucestershire and Kent, the top two in the standings
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