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PREVIEW: Somerset v Warwickshire

The match

Somerset return to Specsavers County Championship action on Friday when they entertain Warwickshire starting at 11am.

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You can keep up to date using our dedicated Match Centre via this website and on our Twitter page. This will include live video replays throughout the match.

You can also listen to live ball-by-ball BBC radio commentary on the BBC Sport website.

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

Head to head meetings

Since 1882 the two sides have met in 134 championship matches, of which Somerset have won 34, Warwickshire 40 and 60 games have been drawn.

So far this season

Currently Somerset find themselves in eighth place in the table with 9 points from their two matches, both of which resulted in defeats, while Warwickshire are one place above them with 13 points from three games, two of which were lost and one drawn.

Last two meetings

Last year the game between the two sides at Edgbaston in May was drawn. Somerset won the toss and batting first were dismissed for 295 in 86.3 overs, of which Tom Abell made 104 and Pete Trego 98.

Warwickshire in reply made 152 all out in 49.4 overs, Varun Chopra hitting 56. Batting for a second time Somerset scored 178 all out in 46.5 overs, Trego making 51. Chasing 322 the hosts had reached four without loss when the weather prevented any play on the final day.

In the return match at Taunton in September, the hosts chose to bat first and were bowled out for 95 in 30.1 overs. Warwickshire replied with 123 all out with Dom Bess taking six for 28.

Somerset then scored 211 all out second time round of which Chris Rogers made 58 and Jeetan Patel took five for 86.

Chasing 184 to win Warwickshire were all out for 152 in 58 overs, Rikki Clarke making 58 not out, while for the hosts Jack Leach claimed six for 42 to see Somerset to victory by 31 runs.

The Somerset squad:

Lewis Gregory (back) remains injured. Full details on his injury can be found here. The full Somerset squad is as follows:

Marcus Trescothick, Dean Elgar, Tom Abell (c), James Hildreth, Steve Davies (wk), Peter Trego, Jim Allenby, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Jack Leach, Jamie Overton, Dom Bess and Tim Groenewald.

Warwickshire have named the following squad: Ian Bell (C), Tim Ambrose (wk), Keith Barker, Rikki Clarke, Sam Hain, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Ateeq Javid, Jeetan Patel, Josh Poysden, Sunny Singh, Grant Thornton, Jonathan Trott, Andy Umeed, Ian Westwood

The word from the Somerset camp

Matt Maynard the Director of Cricket said: “We are all looking forward to getting back to red ball cricket on Friday and hopefully the weather will stay away and allow us to get four good days of cricket.

“The wicket looks pretty good and will hopefully be good for all aspects of the game for the quick bowlers, the batsmen and the spin bowlers later on. Head groundsman Simon Lee has done a great job getting the wicket out with the weather that we have had locally this week.

“It is one of the pitches that we have used in the Royal London One-Day Cup because a lot of our wickets are taken away due to the Women’s World Cup and IT20 International. Because we had a wash out at Middlesex we will have the opportunity to practice today which is a bonus and will get our lads back into the red ball.”

“We need to make sure that some of our batting line-up can show the form that they have shown in the Royal London One-Day Cup and get back to making centuries, because we have only had one century maker so far in the Specsavers County Championship. We also need to get some big partnerships in the match with the bat.

“I have been delighted the way that we have bowled all season and it has been our batting that has let us down at times in the first two games.

Matt added: “The players have found some good form in the Royal London One Day Cup and hopefully that will transfer across.”

When is the next game in Taunton?

Somerset are next in action on this ground when they host Hampshire also in the Specsavers County Championship which starts on Friday May 26th.

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