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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Somerset opener Myburgh poses big threat to Kent

Middlesex and Essex meet at Lord’s

Somerset's Johann Myburgh on his way to a century against Essex
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Kent v Somerset
Sky Sports Cricket, 7pm Thursday

Somerset arrive at Canterbury in pursuit of an eighth straight win in the T20 Blast South Group but hosts Kent are being treated with great respect by bookmakers.

The layers are struggling to pick a favourite as rampant Somerset face a Kent side who have boosted their chances of reaching the knockout stages with three wins in their last four completed matches.

Kent’s need for the points is greater than section leaders Somerset but Canterbury could bring out the best in visiting opener Johann Myburgh.

The veteran has been dismissed for two in his last two innings but before then he scored 54 not out against Hampshire, 29 against Sussex and an unbeaten 103 off just 44 balls against Essex.

Canterbury is a great place to open the batting – Kent’s last three T20 first-wicket stands have been 50, 43 and 68 while Gloucestershire’s openers made 51 and 46 in the last match at the venue and Surrey’s Aaron Finch and Rory Burns put on 120 last month – and Myburgh could make hay.

Middlesex and Essex, with three wins from 24 Blast games between them this summer, meet at Lord’s where the home side are 10-11 to snap a six-match losing streak.

Sussex, who bowled out Glamorgan for 88 in a thumping win on Tuesday night, are 10-11 to boost their top-four chances with an away victory over Gloucestershire.

J Myburgh top Somerset runscorer
1pt 9-2 Sky Bet

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Canterbury is a great place to open the batting – Kent’s last three T20 first-wicket stands there have been 50, 43 and 68
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