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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Myburgh can punish lacklustre Hampshire bowling

Slow-starting Steelbacks set for further disappointment

Somerset's Johann Myburgh on his way to a century against Essex
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Hampshire have struggled to carry their stellar One-Day Cup form into this year’s T20 Blast and they could be pressed into submission by Somerset’s batsmen in Wednesday's televised fixture at the Ageas Bowl.

The hosts have just one Blast victory to their name this year and could be out of their depth against a Somerset team who are flying high in the South Group with seven wins from ten matches.

South African Johann Myburgh followed up a scintillating unbeaten 103 against Essex with a solid 29 away to Sussex for Somerset.

Hampshire have allowed their opponents to score more than 150 runs in all but one T20 game this season and their disappointing bowling displays render Myburgh an enticing option to be the top match runscorer.

Northamptonshire remain the only side without a win in the Blast this year and their struggles could continue away to a strong Derbyshire outfit.

Central to the decline of the Steelbacks has been the recent poor form of opening batsmen Ben Duckett, Richard Levi and Ricardo Vasconcelos, with no Northants opener having registered more than 21 in their last four games.

Chris Woakes replaces Ben Stokes in the England team for the second Test against India, which starts on Thursday. The uncapped Ollie Pope comes in for Dawid Malan. Surrey youngster Pope is 5-6 with Betway to score more than 52.5 runs in the Test, while the same firm make in-form India skipper Virat Kohli at 5-6 to record over 95.5 runs.

England are evens to make it back-to-back wins with India a best-priced 2-1 and the draw 11-2.

J Myburgh top match runscorer
1pt 9-1 Sky Bet
Derbyshire to have highest opening partnership
2pts 8-11 bet365, Hills

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