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NatWest T20 Blast Preview: Somerset v Glamorgan

THE MATCH

Somerset are in NatWest T20 Blast action again tomorrow (Sunday) when we host Glamorgan at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

This match is now completely SOLD OUT!

Gates open at 11:45am with play due to get underway 2:30pm.

HOW CAN I STAY UP TO DATE?

You can follow the match via the Match Centre section of this website and live updates will be posted on our Twitter page.

In addition a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have met on 27 occasions since T20 was first introduced in 2003. Somerset have won 13 of the games, Glamorgan have triumphed in 10, two have been abandoned and two have ended in no result.

When the two sides met in Cardiff earlier this year, the hosts batted first and had scored 171 for 5 off 17.2 overs when the rain fell and sadly put paid to the rest of the match. For Somerset both Lewis Gregory and Tim Groenewald claimed two wickets apiece.

Last season the match at Taunton was abandoned, but in the return fixture it was Glamorgan who triumphed.

After being put into bat, Somerset were bowled out for 152 in 19.3 overs. Johann Myburgh hit 28 off 14 balls and James Hildreth 39 off 28 before Josh Davey made 23 off 19. Skipper Colin Ingram was the pick of the Glamorgan bowlers with three for 20 off his four overs.

When they replied a third wicket partnership of 76 in nine overs between Ingram, who scored 54 off 39 balls, and Aneurin Donald (44 off 29) saw Glamorgan to 156 for three with 12 balls to spare.

TEAM NEWS

The starting XI will be selected from the following 15 man squad: Lewis Gregory, Steve Davies (wk), Jim Allenby (c), Johann Myburgh, Dean Elgar, James Hildreth, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Tim Groenewald, Max Waller, Paul van Meekeren, Peter Trego, Tom Abell, Michael Leask, Dom Bess.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Matt Maynard said: “I think we will continue with the way that we have played up to now. It has been a lot more of a positive campaign this year and we have played some exciting cricket. We have messed it up a couple of times but that happens when you play a high risk game.

“I would much rather us play the way we are than the style that we have played the last couple of seasons.

“We are still in with a good shout and we know what to expect from the wicket because we will be on the same one against Glamorgan.

“There could well be one change and we may well have a look at the wicket in the morning and see if it has changed.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

All the information that you need can be found in our comprehensive match-day information page.

This covers everything from planning your journey to where you eat when you get here.

FOOD & DRINK

There are a number of outlets where you can purchase food and drink on match day and these are as follows:

Food is available from:

  • The Stragglers Coffee House (take away burgers & hot dogs)
  • Fish & chip shop (Ian Botham Stand)
  • Ice cream parlour (Somerset Stand)
  • Rooftop concession unit (Somerset Pavilion)
  • St James Street car park – Fish & Chips
  • Priory Bridge Road car park – Pieminister and Pizza Dragon
  • Legends Square – Burgers

The following bars will also be open:

  • Stragglers
  • County Room (Members Only)
  • Ian Botham Stand
  • 12th Man bar
  • Somerset Stand Bar
  • Thatchers Rig – Priory Bridge Road car park
  • Tribute Rig – St James Street car park
  • Somerset Stand Cans Bar
  • Somerset Pavilion Cans Bar
  • Pimms Bar – Priory Bridge Road car park

BEERFEST

On Saturday and Sunday the Cooper Associates County Ground will be holding a special NatWest T20 Blast Beer-Fest Weekender.

There are three matches taking place over the course of the two days as follows:

  • Saturday August 12th – Somerset v Kent Spitfires PLUS Western Storm v Loughborough Lightning
  • Sunday August 13th – Somerset v Glamorgan

Over the course of that weekend in association with St Austell Brewery and Thatchers Cider we will be hosting a special Beer-Fest featuring 12 beers and 10 ciders.

  • 1 venue
  • 2 days
  • 3 matches
  • 10 delicious ciders
  • 12 tasty beers

Entry to the Beer-Fest, which will be held in Stragglers Coffee House, is included in your match-day ticket and is free to 2017 Platinum Members.

RAINBOW LACES

The NatWest T20 Blast will have an extra splash of colour this weekend when the cricketing family comes together to support the Rainbow Laces campaign.

Rainbow Laces is a campaign run by the charity Stonewall and aims to unite sport in support of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.

ECB is supporting the campaign as part of its ongoing efforts to promote diversity within cricket and ensure the sport provides a welcoming environment for everyone at all levels.

The weekend will see thousands of people, from fans to players, put on rainbow laces to ensure LGBT people feel welcome and included.

Support for the campaign across the weekend will include:

  • All NatWest T20 Blast and Kia Super League players and umpires being given rainbow laces to wear during matches
  • Rainbow flags being prominently displayed in the pre-match ‘guard of honour’ welcoming teams onto the field
  • A rainbow band decoration will sit on the stumps
  • Sky commentators will be donning rainbow laces to show their support for the campaign
  • The Rainbow laces flag will be displayed at county grounds together with big screen support for the campaign at all grounds.

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s final group match in this years NatWest T20 Blast is away against Hampshire on August 18th.
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