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2022 Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Sussex Sharks

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome Sussex Sharks to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast tomorrow (Wednesday June 1st).

Somerset are currently top of the South Group with six points from three games, whilst Sussex Sharks are seventh with two points from the same number of matches.

Play will get underway at 6:30pm.

Gates will open at 4:30pm.

There are a limited number of tickets still available for this fixture.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Ticket buyers can print and download their online tickets via their SCCC account.

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.

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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.

An enhanced live stream will 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 on this website.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have met 14 times in T20 cricket. Somerset have won four of those games, Sussex have won seven times, there was one no result and two matches have been abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 177 for four at Taunton in 2011, while for Sussex it is 222 for three at Hove in 2016.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 87 not out by Marcus Trescothick at Taunton in 2011, while for Sussex it is 112 not out by Chris Nash at Hove in 2016.

The best bowling for Somerset is five for 31 by Dirk Nannes at Arundel in 2014, while for Sussex it is five for 18 by Ollie Rayner at Hove in 2011.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset have once again named an unchanged squad for this match. Craig Overton and Jack Leach are still unavailable because of International duty.

The 13-man squad is as follows: Tom Abell (c), Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, Tom Lammonby, Rilee Rossouw, Will Smeed and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Looking ahead to the match, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “We’ve had three fantastic performances. Momentum is vital in sport and confidence is high within the group. To go to Hampshire and perform like we did was great. Were were clinical with the ball, made really smart decisions and broke the back of the chase early on.

“The reality is that we’ve got guys who are playing incredibly well and are confident, so we’re naming the same squad.

“Sussex are a good side. Ravi Bopara has been around for a long time and is an incredibly gifted player. They are certainly dangerous and they’ve got a lot of experience.

“The support that we get from our Members and supporters is phenomenal. I say it time and time again, but we are incredibly fortunate. The atmosphere that’s generated here is second to none. It was great to see so many people here at the weekend and seeing things going back to normal. To see the guys being able to sign autographs again at the end of the match was something pretty special.”

THE OPPOSITION

Sussex Sharks

Coach: James Kirtley

Captain: Ravi Bopara

2021 Performance: semi-finalist

2021 Leading Runscorer: Luke Wright (370)

2021 Leading Wicket Taker: Tymal Mills (17)

Overseas players: Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Josh Philippe (Australia), Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan – until mid -June)

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Will Smeed needs 14 runs to reach the 1000-run mark in his T20 career
  • Rilee Rossouw is just 17 T20 runs short of reaching 6000 T20 career runs
  • Roelof van der Merwe needs eight wickets to reach the 250-wicket mark in T20 cricket

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.

BE A WINNER

Somerset County Cricket Club and our Official Vitality Blast Partner, Trade Nation are once again giving you the chance to win some incredible prizes during our T20 live streams!

We have two competitions running for each non-televised game, starting tomorrow against Essex Eagles.

#HowzatTradeNation

Our popular phone-in competition returns this summer as #HowzatTradeNation.

The theme of the prizes this year is “Celebrating the South West”

The rules are simple.

Simply enter your details into the online form below and we could be giving you a call during the interval.

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You simply have to answer the phone with the words “Howzat Trade Nation” and you will win one of the following prizes!!

– Boardmasters day ticket VIP experience for four people
– Thatcher’s Tour of Myrtle Farm for four people and four crates of your choice
– £300 Gray Nicholls shop voucher
– Hub Box £250 restaurant voucher
– £750 voucher for a stay at the incredible Carbis Bay Hotel in St Ives
– The Wave £250 surf voucher
– Somerset County Sports Club shop £250 voucher

#StreamInStyle

Again returning this season is #StreamInStyle, our photo competition in which you could win a Somerset Vitality Blast shirt each match by sending your photos via social media. Let us know your setup, whether you are in the ground or watching from home, and we’ll pick two winners per match and display them on the live stream! Check out more details before each match on the Somerset Twitter account.

Trane Nation will also be in the Fan Village handing out special giveaways.

Thatchers Golden Seat & Interval Apple Role

Thatchers Cider will be giving someone a case of Thatchers Gold in our Golden Seat competition. One lucky ticket holder will be selected at random during the first innings. You must be sitting in your allocated seat to have a chance to win!

Thatchers will once again be providing entertainment during the interval with prizes on offer for the winners of the Thatchers Apple Role.

FAN VILLAGE

In a bid to improve the already outstanding matchday experience at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Somerset County Cricket Club are pleased to be able to announce the return of our dedicated fan village at all of our home Vitality Blast fixtures this summer.

There will be a range of food and drink options plus live music!

There will be live music after the match as well, so stay and enjoy a drink and the Haus Band in the fan village before heading home!

BATFAST

Thanks to our partners at Trade Nation, we are delighted to be able to announce that we will be joined in our Fan Village by BatFast.

Suitable for anyone of any ability, the BatFast Cricket Simulator is a compelling and innovative way to spread the joy of cricket to the world. The built-in intelligence in BatFast’s software automates the playing experience for users delivering a significantly higher degree of personalisation and efficiency.

BatFast uses gamification, storytelling, immersive graphics, competitions and community to create experiences that encourage repeat use, higher lifetime values and very low cost of player acquisition.

SIGNING SESSION

After the match, Somerset players will be taking part in a signing session in front of the Ondaatje Stands.

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.

WI-FI

Don’t forget that our ground-wide Wi-Fi network is fully operational.

The Wi-Fi is completely free of charge and to connect all you have to do is select the option: “_WeAreSomerset” in your settings and enter a valid email address.

You can also update your preferences or unsubscribe at any time.

With the new Wi-Fi you can browse the internet around the Cooper Associates County Ground. This means, for example, that our matchday live stream can be accessed without using your data, meaning instant replays of all the action on the field are available at no extra cost to you.

CHOSEN CHARITY

During each home Vitality Blast match in 2022, Trade Nation will be donating £50 for every six that is hit and £150 for every ball that is hit out of the ground!

The chosen charity for this match is HD Livin’

HD Livin’ is a charity setup to help Huntington’s Disease sufferers and their families.

This charity has been chosen by Roelof van der Merwe.

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match is on Friday (June 3rd) when we welcome Glamorgan to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast.

A limited number of tickets are still available for this match.

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