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2022 County Championship Preview: Somerset v Surrey

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome Surrey to the Cooper Associates County Ground for this LV= Insurance County Championship Division One match.

Play is due to begin at 11am tomorrow (Sunday June 12th).

BUY TICKETS

Somerset are currently eighth in the Division One table with 60 points from six games, whilst Surrey currently occupy top spot with 105 points from the same number of fixtures.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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.

Here is an easy to follow guide for those who wish to redeem their 2022 guest passes:

HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?

You can keep up to date using our dedicated Match Centre via this website and on our Twitter feed.

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

The two sides have faced each other on 178 occasions in the County Championship. Somerset have won 34 of these matches, Surrey have won 77 times, 65 games have been drawn and two matches have been abandoned.

The highest First Class team total in the series for Somerset is 688 for eight declared at Guildford in 2006, while for Surrey it is 811 at the Oval in 1899.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is the 342 that was scored by Justin Langer at Guildford in 2006, while for Surrey it is 357* by Bobby Abel at the Oval in 1899.

The best bowling for Somerset is 10 for 49 by EJ Tyler at Taunton in 1895, while for Surrey it is 10 for 43 by Tom Rushby at Taunton in 1921.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset are without Jack Leach and Matt Renshaw (both international duty) and Sonny Baker (back) but Craig Overton is in the squad.

The Somerset squad for this match is: Tom Abell (c), Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Peter Siddle and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “The guys are going to have to adapt quickly both mentally and physically from white-ball to red-ball cricket.

“So far this season we’ve played some outstanding cricket in the Championship but we’ve played some very poor cricket too. We’ve been too inconsistent in red-ball cricket, but we’ve been consistent in the Blast. It’s pretty much the same personnel so hopefully we can take the momentum and confidence from the T20 games into the Championship this weekend.”

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Lewis Gregory is just 61 runs short of reaching 3000 First Class runs for Somerset
  • Peter Siddle needs six wickets to reach the 700-wicket mark in First Class cricket

GIMBLETT’S HILL

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 Cooper Associates County Ground.

This area is therefore not available for use during this match.

OUTFIELD ACCESS DURING INTERVALS

We are keen to provide this opportunity to spectators this season. Some parts of the outfield which were re-seeded earlier this year are not yet established enough to allow this without damage being caused. Our Head Grounds Person, Scott Hawkins, is reviewing this on a regular basis.

MEMBER FORUM

In order to keep Members up to date with everything that is happening at the Cooper Associates County Ground, our CEO, Gordon Hollins will be answering questions put to him in the County Room 20 minutes after the completion of play on day two of this match.

Members of Somerset County Cricket Club are welcome to attend these sessions.

2022 Membership cards will be required to gain entry.

INCLUSION MATCH

This match has been designated as our annual Inclusion Match.

The event is run in conjunction with the Somerset Cricket Foundation and is a way of recognizing all the fantastic achievements of those with a disability or additional needs who play cricket in the county plus the support that the parents, carers and coaches provide along the way.

To mark the occasion we will be holding a number of demonstrations on the outfield during the lunch interval.

Day One: Super 1s & Street Cricket

Day Two: Somerset Disabled CC & Walking Cricket

Day Three: Somerset Visually Impaired CC & Community Groups and Schools

ANNUAL CHURCH SERVICE

The 2022 Somerset CCC annual Church Service will be taking place at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Sunday ahead of day one.

Gates will open at 9:30am for those wishing to attend the service, which will begin at 9:45am.

Those attending the service are asked to enter via the Brian Rose Gate.

This year’s special guest speaker will be Revd. Tobie Osmond, Vicar of Taunton Minster.

Due to the work currently being undertaken on Gimblett’s Hill, the service will be held in block one of the Somerset Stand.

We hope that as many Somerset Members and supporters as possible will come along and help to make this another special occasion.

Somerset CCC Memberships or matchday tickets are required to gain entry to the church service.

MATCH SPONSOR

We are delighted to be able to announce that King’s College and King’s Hall School are sponsoring this fixture.

A designated Centre of Cricketing Excellence, King’s College has produced a number of Somerset players including Jos Buttler, Eddie Byrom, Alex Barrow, Craig Meschede, James Regan and Nathan Gilchrist. Current First XI players Tom Banton and Will Smeed are also former students, whilst James Rew and George Thomas, who made their Somerset List A debuts in 2021, are currently pupils.

For more information on King’s College, Taunton and King’s Hall School, please click here

Matchday Sponsorship is an extremely cost-effective way to drive awareness of your business to our large and highly engaged fanbase.

It also gives you the chance to entertain your clients and reward your hardworking staff at an elite sporting event situated at the stunning Cooper Associates County Ground.

Drive your brand-awareness now!

To book your package, or for more information simply register your interest or email commercial@somersetcountycc.co.uk

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

WPA

Our Principal County Championship PartnerWPA Health Insurance will be joining us at the Cooper Associates County Ground for this match.

Representatives from WPA will be visible around the ground during the match with information on the services that they can provide for you and also handing out some fun giveaways.

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next fixture is on Friday June 17th when we take on Gloucestershire at the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast.

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