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Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Back Taylor and Gurney to be stars with the ball

Swing bowlers should lead the way

Somerset's Johann Myburgh on his way to a century against Essex
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T20 Blast quarter-final
Sky Sports Cricket, 3pm Sunday

Splitting stakes on high-quality swing bowlers Jerome Taylor and Harry Gurney to be their teams' leading wicket-taker is the best betting approach to the fourth T20 Blast quarter-final between Somerset and Nottinghamshire.

The outlook is bleak at Taunton, with heavy rain and blustery winds forecast, so while a reserve day has been scheduled, the outcome of the toss looks key to the value in the match result and top-runscorer markets.

Former West Indies fast man Taylor has taken 17 wickets in nine T20 outings for the Cidermen with a best return of 5-15 against Hampshire at Taunton and two three-wicket hauls.  

Lively left-armer Gurney, once part of the England limited-overs set-up, is the Outlaws' leading bowler in the tournament with 20 victims and he boasts an excellent economy rate of 7.33. Fewest runs conceded is the decider with most firms in the event of a tie.

Notts beat Somerset at Trent Bridge in the quarter-finals last year on the way to winning the T20 Blast title and they shade favouritism at Taunton after beating Yorkshire for a second time in three outings to sneak fourth place in the North Group.

However, the Cidermen are certainly in fine shape to exact revenge. They topped the South Group with ten wins out of 14 games and six successes out of seven in front of their fans.

H Gurney top Nottinghamshire wicket-taker
1pt 11-4 general
J Taylor top Somerset wicket-taker
1pt 100-30 bet365

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The outlook is bleak at Taunton, with heavy rain and blustery winds forecast
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