Somerset v New Zealand: Preview
Somerset are hosting the New Zealand touring team in a four day match at the County Ground in Taunton which begins at 11am tomorrow (Friday).
After a disappointing start to the season this game provides the chance for players to regain some form ready for the next championship match, so Somerset have named a strong side and are taking this game very seriously.
Matt Maynard the Somerset Director of Cricket said: “We are very much looking forward to the visit of New Zealand and it presents us with the opportunity to get some form under our belts for the upcoming Notts game. The Kiwis are a good side and we will be putting a strong side out.
“Josh Davey will be making his First Class debut and full credit to him for what he has done in the Seconds this year where he has performed well. He’s been the outstanding player so far and fully deserves his chance.”
Matt added: “It’s a game we are taking very seriously and we will be pushing New Zealand as hard as we can. Hopefully we will see some warm weather and we will get good crowds in to watch us.”
Debutant Davey said: “I am very excited that I have been selected for Somerset to play against New Zealand on Friday, because it will be my first team debut for the Club. This is big achievement for me and it is something that I have worked hard towards since the autumn of 2013 so I am really pleased and grateful to have the opportunity. It’s nice that all of the hard work that I have put in over the last 18 months has paid off and I have had a pretty successful 2015 already playing for Scotland in the World Cup.
“I just need to go out there now and do it on the bigger stage for Somerset in this match against New Zealand and show everybody what I can do. Hopefully some of the people who will be here will have read about how I got on playing for Scotland in the winter and now they have got a chance to put a face to the name.”
Marcus Trescothick and Alfonso Thomas both miss the game along with Lewis Gregory who is away in Dublin with England so in addition to Davey, Tom Abell is back in the side after completing his studies and Pete Trego takes over the captaincy.
Academy youngster Ben Green, who has just returned from a successful trip to Australia with the England Under 19s is 12thman for the match.
The Somerset team is- Tom Abell, Johann Myburgh, Tom Cooper, James Hildreth, Jim Allenby, Alex Barrow, Peter Trego (capt), Josh Davey, Craig Overton, Tim Groenewald and Abdur Rehman