Hampshire v Somerset – Match Preview
Somerset return to red ball cricket on Sunday when they travel to the south coast to face Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl in Division One of the LV= County Championship.
Having beaten Notts by two wickets Somerset have climbed to sixth place, with 76 points from their seven games, one place above their hosts who have 69 from the same number of matches.
Looking ahead to the game skipper Marcus Trescothick said:” In our recent mini run we are two out of three after that really important victory against Notts so hopefully we can take that and start pushing forward a bit.
“We know our cricket hasn’t been as consistent as we would have wanted it to be so we will be looking to build on the back of the Notts win.
The captain went on: “In our second innings there were five people who got half centuries which showed the importance of getting everybody chipping in, but we have still got a bit of work to do to maintain that form.”
Marcus added: “Getting wins in the championship take a lot of hard work so that is our focus- work hard and hopefully the results will look after themselves.”
Wicket-keeper Michael Bates, who made his Somerset debut against Notts will be going back to face the club who released him at the end of last year about which he said: “ I am really looking forward to it and I think it will be a great experience for me. We had an excellent win against Notts after a tough first day and I enjoyed my first winning game for my new county.
The 24 year old gloveman added: “It would be very nice to go back to the Ageas Bowl with Somerset and come away on the winning side.”
James Hildreth who passed 1,000 first class runs in 2015 during the course of the last match said: “You can see what a win does to the table, if you get one then you start to shoot up the league. Hampshire are definitely a team that we would think we should get a result from as they only got promoted back to division one last year.
“We have got a bit of momentum now and a couple of the other guys like Tregs (Pete Trego) and Jim (Allenby ) along with Tom Abell and Tres (Marcus Trescothick ) all got 50′s so we have got some batsmen coming into form which is great.
“This is a good time for us to play against Hampshire and hopefully we can carry on with that momentum and get a result.
Hildreth added: “If we beat Hampshire then we are right back up there in the mix which is what we have got to remember and what we are aiming to do.”
Leg spinner Max Waller is included in the championship squad for the first time this season whilst Tom Cooper has been omitted.
The Somerset squad for the Hampshire match is- Marcus Trescothick (capt), Tom Abell, Jim Allenby, Michael Bates, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Abdur Rehman, Alfonso Thomas, Pete Trego and Max Waller.