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2022 Vitality Blast Preview: Surrey v Somerset

THE MATCH

It’s a top of the table clash as Somerset travel to the Kia Oval tomorrow (Tuesday June 21st) to take on Surrey in the Vitality Blast.

Play will get underway at 6:30pm.

Somerset are currently second in the South Group with 14 points from nine matches, whilst Surrey are top with 17 points from the same number of fixtures.

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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 21 times in T20 cricket. Somerset have won on six occasions, Surrey have won 11 times and four matches have been abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 207 for two at the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2019, while for Surrey it is 208 for one at the Oval in 2015.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is the 86 not out by Johann Myburgh at Taunton in 2016, while for Surrey it is 122 not out by Jason Roy at the Oval in 2015.

The best bowling for Somerset is four for 24 by Jamie Overton at the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2018, while for Surrey it is four for 25 by Imran Tahir at the Oval in 2019.

The last time the two sides met at the Kia Oval in the Vitality Blast was in 2021, when Somerset won by seven wickets.

Somerset won the toss and elected to field.

Will Jacks top scored for the hosts with 65 from 43 balls, but the visitors restricted Surrey to 146 for eight. Jack Leach was the pick of the bowlers, claiming three for 28 on his Blast debut.

James Hildreth (72 not out from 59 balls) and Will Smeed (42 from 29) ensured that Somerset eased to victory with eight balls to spare.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset have named the following squad: Tom Abell (c), Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, Tom Lammonby, Rilee Rossouw, Peter Siddle, Will Smeed and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the game, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “We put in an incredibly comprehensive performance against Essex yesterday and that will keep confidence high within the group.

“Surrey are unbeaten in the group so far and we’re looking forward to the challenge. They’ve got strength in depth and it will be an exciting test for us.

“Rilee showed his quality again last night and is rightly getting a lot of headlines, but I think that as a side collectively we’ve seen significant contributions from a large number of players. As a team we’re operating really well. Everyone is clear about what we’re trying to do. The guys are gaining confidence game by game and we’re getting better as we go through the competition.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

For more information please visit the Official Surrey website.

THE OPPOSITION

SURREY

Interim Head Coach: Gareth Batty

Captain: Chris Jordan

2021 Performance: Fifth in South Group

2021 Leading Runscorer: Will Jacks (393)

2021 Leading Wicket Taker: Gus Atkinson (15)

Overseas players: Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard (both West Indies)

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match is on Thursday (June 23rd) when we take on Hampshire Hawks at the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast

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