2022 County Championship Preview: Somerset v Essex
Somerset welcome Essex to the Cooper Associates County Ground for this LV= Insurance County Championship Division One match.
Play is due to begin at 11am tomorrow (Thursday April 14th).
If you have yet to receive your 2022 Membership pack, please notify the Club and we will ensure that you can gain access to the Cooper Associates County Ground via the St James Street Gate.
Ticket buyers can print and download their online tickets via their SCCC account.
Tickets are still available and can be purchased by clicking here.
Gates will open at 10am.
All ticket or Membership collections will be from the Jack White Gates (St James Street).
The Club Enquiries Desk will be based in the Reception of the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion and not in the Andrew Caddick Pavilion on matchdays.
HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?
A live stream broadcast will also be available for fans to watch via this website and our YouTube channel.
In addition to this a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.
HEAD TO HEAD
In the County Championship the two sides have met on 149 occasions. Somerset have won 36 of these matches, Essex have won 58, one match was tied, 51 have been drawn and three matches were abandoned.
Somerset’s highest innings total in the series is 488 all out at Clacton in 1949, while for Essex it is 692 at Taunton in 1895.
The highest individual score for Somerset is 228 not out by Marcus Trescothick at Colchester in 2010 and for Essex it is 263 by Stuart Law in 1999 at Chelmsford.
Somerset’s best bowling is eight for 67 by Brian Langford at Ilford in 1958 and for Essex it is eight for 90 by JWHT Douglas at Colchester in 1923.
Somerset welcome back Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Lewis Gregory and Jack Brooks, whilst Matt Renshaw is also available for the first time this season. However, Tom Banton (finger), Josh Davey (groin), George Bartlett (shoulder) and Sonny Baker (back) are still ruled out.
The 13-man Somerset squad for this match is: Tom Abell (c), Kasey Aldridge, Jack Brooks, Steve Davies, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Matt Renshaw and Peter Siddle.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of the match, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “It was an incredibly frustrating and disappointing few days at Hampshire. The 48 hours leading up to the game were unprecedented with regards to challenges and adversity, but we didn’t acquit ourselves particularly well.
“This week we need to show some real character and fight over the four days against Essex. The guys are very aware that they didn’t perform against Hampshire. They have taken responsibility, taken a look at themselves and looked into how they can improve ahead of the next game. Collectively it’s really important that we continue to invest in how we’ve practiced, because change takes time. You don’t get rewards straight away.
“We saw a brilliant opening partnership between Ben Green and Tom Lammonby in our second innings at Hampshire in a highly challenging situation. They can take some credit and confidence from that, and it’s important to take those positives and draw from them to ensure that we move forward as a group.
“Thankfully, we have an almost full strength squad to choose from this week. To have the likes of Craig, Jack and Lewis back in the squad alongside Matt Renshaw will naturally give everyone a lift. We will be looking to those guys to influence the game as leaders as well as cricketers. To have their experience out there and in the dressing room will make a huge difference to the group.”
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
If you are coming to the match 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.
PARTNER COUNTY DAY
To celebrate the outstanding work that our Partner Counties do throughout the year to promote the game across the region, players from clubs in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset have been invited to attend day two of this match for free.
KIDS FOR A QUID ON DAY THREE!
On Saturday April 16th, children under 12* can enjoy day three of this match against Essex for just £1.
Not only can kids enter the Cooper Associates County Ground for a quid, there will also be a special Easter egg hunt!
To book your kid for a quid ticket simply book online and enter the promo code: QUID
Join us for a great day of sporting action and enjoy a special Easter treat.
For details on the Easter egg hunt, simply visit Reception in the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion on the day.
We look forward to seeing you here for the Easter weekend.
*children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Construction work is currently taking place on Gimblett’s Hill in order to improve accessibility on matchdays, while retaining the history and character of one of the most popular parts of the Copper Associates County Ground.
This area is therefore not available for use during this match.
Somerset’s next fixture begins on Thursday April 21st when take on Surrey at the Kia Oval in Division One of the LV= Insurance County Championship.
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