Somerset keen to continue momentum

7710094Somerset director of cricket Dave Nosworthy feels his side is in a good position to qualify for the Natwest T20 Blast play-offs as they prepare to face Middlesex on Wednesday (Somerset 10/1 T20 Blast outright).

The South West county currently sit sixth in the South Group standings, with six points from six games played, and are just one point behind fourth-placed Kent.

The top four from both groups will move through to the quarter-finals and so it is still a wide open contest, with many clubs capable of putting a run together to advance to the knock-out stage.

And that is exactly what the Taunton club has done, with back-to-back 20-over victories over Hampshire and Sussex getting them back into contention.

Marcus Trescothick’s men won only one of their first four games and looked unlikely to reach the post season but Nosworthy feels that Somerset’s experience in one-day cricket helped them fight back from their early setbacks.

“There is a long way to go in the competition, and the key for us has been not to panic when we were losing games,” he said. “And to use that bit of momentum in periods where we have two or three games in quick succession.”

Middlesex look like the whipping boys of the South Group as they have lost all six of their T20 matches to date and Somerset are favourites to win their clash at the Oval (Somerset 1/2, Middlesex 13/8 – Match Prices).

Trescothick’s participation in the match is still up in the air, however, after the former England batsman picked up a groin injury last week.

Scans have revealed no tear and a decision will be taken on Wednesday on his availability.

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