Specsavers County Championship Preview: Somerset v Lancashire
Somerset are in Specsavers County Championship First Division action this week when we host Lancashire in a match that begins tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10.30am.
Currently Somerset occupy seventh place in the table with 101 points whilst Lancashire are second with 150.
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You can also listen to live ball-by-ball BBC radio commentary on the BBC Sport website.
In addition to this 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 154 occasions in this competition. Somerset have won 25, Lancashire 77 whilst 52 have been drawn.
When the two sides met at Old Trafford earlier this year it was the hosts who won by 164 runs.
After Somerset elected to bowl first Lancashire scored 109 all out of which Liam Livingstone contributed 68, while the pick of the bowlers was Craig Overton who claimed five for 47.
The visitors responded with 278 all out of which Dean Elgar made 113.
Batting for a second time the home side hit 463 all out with Livingstone making 168. Lewis Gregory was the pick of the bowlers with five for 74 from his 32 overs.
Chasing 294 for victory Somerset were bowled out for 130, James Hildreth making 43 and Marcus Trescothick 36.
Somerset are without Jamie Overton and Lewis Gregory for the rest of the season and Director of Cricket Matt Maynard will pick a starting XI from the following squad: Tom Abell (c), Marcus Trescothick, Eddie Byrom, George Bartlett, James Hildreth, Steve Davies (wk), Peter Trego, Craig Overton, Dom Bess, Jack Leach, Tim Groenewald, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren.
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Looking ahead to the match Somerset captain Tom Abell said: “Cricket is a huge confidence game and I think that the way we played last week will have done us the world of good, especially our batting. Having time at the crease and creating the partnerships in the way that we did was great to see.
“Lancashire are a quality side like everyone else in this division, so they will be a real challenge for us. However I think that last week will have set us up nicely going in to a massive few games.”
“It’s been a difficult season and as captain I’ve been desperate to contribute. I’ve been feeling pretty good and hitting the ball a lot better lately, so it was good to be able to contribute and the feeling of getting a win at Edgbaston was something very special.
“That was comfortably the best day of the season so far because there is nothing like winning four-day games, so we will be hoping for more of the same against Lancashire.”
Tom added: “The guys have been working really hard and are desperate to put things right so they will be giving it their all.”
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Following their triumph in the KIA Super League Rachel Priest and Sophie Luff will be at the Cooper Associates County Ground on day two with the KIA Super League trophy.
You can meet both players and have your picture taken with the trophy during the morning and the two players will be introduced to the crowd during the lunch interval.
Blesma, The Limbless Veterans charity, will be at the Cooper Associates County Ground on day one carrying out a collection. Former Royal Marine Ian Lloyd will also be present at the coin toss.
The charity supports all serving and ex-Service men and women who have lost limbs or lost the use of limbs or eyes. Just as they are still caring for our Second World War veterans, they also care for the younger generation from more recent conflicts that have survived complex amputations and will need a specialised service as they age.
Blesma became a national charity in 1932. However, the foundations were laid during the First World War when 40,000 British servicemen came home from the Western Front having suffered life-changing limb-loss. Amputation techniques were in their infancy and artificial limbs primitive. There was no NHS to fill the gap so these men came together in local networks to share knowledge, support each other and lobby the Government for better opportunities for the war disabled.
These networks united to form the ‘British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association and so Blesma was born.
Today, Blesma exists to guarantee that our limbless veterans are not failed, forgotten or left to fend for themselves. The charity helps everyone from the youngest amputee veterans to those who fought in WWII, some having lived with limb loss for more than 70 years.
Blesma does not receive any government funding, and we rely solely on public support to enable us to help our injured veterans, for as long as they need us on the long road ahead.
McCARTHY AND STONE
McCarthy and Stone are the UK’s leading retirement house builder and they will be at the Cooper Associates County Ground on days one and two.
McCarthy and Stone have been building outstanding apartments in prime locations for 40 years to suit all lifestyles and stages of retirement.
All their properties are designed to make living easier and are built to high standards – just two of the reasons they’ve been awarded the 5-star rating for customer satisfaction in an independent survey by the Home Builders Federation every year since the awards began. They are also the only house builder of any size or type to ever achieve this.
Visit their gazebo on days one and two where they will be running a competition and distributing goody bags!
Mile Tea will be carrying out a sampling at the Cooper Associates County Ground on day one of this match.
They will have samples of their tea, coffee and hot chocolate for people to take away plus they will be running a competition with two special hampers up for grabs!
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