SOMERSET take on Middlesex in their fourth Vitality T20 Blast match tonight, with the match at Lord's starting at 6.15pm.

Both teams have two points from their three matches so far.

After the Middlesex match, Somerset travel to Glamorgan for a Friday night fixture (6.30pm start).

Team news

Somerset are without Tim Groenewald (groin injury), while Dom Bess and Jack Leach are playing for the England Lions against India A, and Tom Banton is captaining England Under-19s against South Africa.

Paul van Meekeren has been named in the 13-man squad to face Middlesex.

Somerset squad: Tom Abell, Corey Anderson, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory (c), James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren, Max Waller.

Team form

Somerset began this season's T20 campaign with a home win over Gloucestershire, but then lost to Kent in Taunton and Gloucestershire in Bristol.

As for Middlesex, they also won their first match in the competition - at home to Surrey - but have followed that with defeats to Essex and Gloucestershire.

Last season, Somerset won both of the matches between the two sides, putting on 207-9 and then restricting hosts Middlesex to 186-7.

In Taunton, the match (reduced to 16 overs per side) saw Middlesex post 162-6, and the home side made 166-5 with a ball to spare.

What they said

Director of cricket Andy Hurry told the County Gazette: “There are 14 games in the competition, and it’s important for us to have good momentum.

“They’re two important games for us; we’re four points off the leaders [Kent, Sussex and Gloucestershire], so still there or thereabouts.

“It’s important for us to get on the winning track.”

With just 24 hours between the Middlesex and Glamorgan games, recovery could well be a factor for Hurry’s side.

He said: “The biggest challenge is the limited recovery time and sleep, with the travel between games.

“It’s important that we apply the appropriate recovery process for Friday.

“But it’s the same for all teams – we all have to play back-to-back matches at some point.”

Following the Gloucestershire loss, head coach Jason Kerr said that the players would need to work on their skills – particularly bowling – ahead of their return to action.

So is Hurry satisfied with what he’s seen?

“I’m happy, and really encouraged by the way the players have gone about practising.

“I hope the players have learned from the Gloucestershire game.”