Kent host Somerset at Canterbury in a match important to both sides for very different reasons. Somerset sit second in the standings behind Glamorgan, while Kent sit in seventh just two points adrift of the top four.
Match Preview – 1330 – 12th August – Canterbury.
Kent and Somerset lock horns in a match both sides will be keen on winning. Our Kent vs Somerset preview presents one team in desperate need of a win, while the other knows a win will only strengthen their position. Kent are two points off the top four and with a handful of games remaining, while Somerset know a win could see them challenge leaders Glamorgan for the coveted number one seeding.
Ahead of our cricket betting tips, we first look at the key men for each side. For the visitors, Max Waller has been prolific with the ball, leading the side with 12 scalps from his wily wrist-spin at an average of just over 23. For Kent wickets have come at a premium but Jimmy Neesham leads the way with nine wickets at a shade under 34.
Ahead of our Natwest odds, we first look at the recent form of the two sides. Kent have been inconsistent so far in this tournament, often winning a game and then losing the next one or two, never stringing two wins together at the same time. Their last win came at the Ageas Bowl against Hampshire, whom they play in the reverse fixture on Friday evening. For Somerset it was a case of a slow start, winning one of their first five games before going on a run of five wins in seven matches most recently at home against Surrey.
Looking at the head-to-head record between the two sides and Kent and Somerset have met five times in the history of the Natwest T20 Blast. It is one to look away if you are a Somerset fan as Kent have a perfect five wins and no losses record against Somerset in the Blast. They won the most recent match at Canterbury by seven wickets.
Despite their terrible record against Kent, Somerset are favourites for the match because of their superior league position and form. It is probably their best chance to get a long-awaited win against Kent. They have been brilliant in recent weeks and can cement their position in the top four with a big win here.
Looking at the various markets for Kent vs Somerset and there is plenty of value to be had. Somerset are a great value to win the match at 3/4 with bookmakers Betway which represents great value. In addition, you can get Sam Northeast to be Kent’s best batsman at 4/1 with William Hill. This is a great value as the same bet with most other providers is just 7/2.