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County Championship Preview: Hampshire v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset begin our 2022 LV= Insurance County Championship season with a Division One match against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl tomorrow (Thursday April 7th).

Play will get underway at 11am.

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In addition to this, a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted on this website.

This match will be live streamed via our Match Centre.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have faced each other on 207 occasions in the County Championship. Somerset have won 52 of these matches, Hampshire have won 67 times, 85 games have been drawn and three matches have been abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 705 for nine declared at Taunton in 2003, while for Hampshire it is 672 for seven declared also at Taunton in 1899.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is the 292 that was scored by Lionel Palairet at the County Ground in Southampton in 1896, while for Hampshire it is 304 by Robert Poore at Taunton in 1899.

The best bowling for Somerset is nine for 62 by Bill Greswell at Weston-super-Mare in 1928, while for Hampshire it is nine for 40 by Kyle Abbott at the Ageas Bowl in 2019.

The last time the two sides met at the Ageas Bowl was in May last year and it was Somerset who triumphed by 10 wickets.

Somerset’s bowlers were very much on top after Tom Abell won the toss and elected to field. Lewis Gregory (four for 26) was the pick of the attack as the hosts were dismissed for just 79 in 40.3 overs.

Abell (64) led from the front with the bat and Craig Overton made an excellent 74 as the visitors posted a first innings total of 336.

Batting for a second time, Keith Barker made 52 not out as Hampshire reached 258 all out, setting Somerset a target of just two for victory.

The winning runs came from the opening ball of the Somerset second innings when Eddie Byrom flicked Ian Holland for the necessary two.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset are currently without Tom Banton (finger), Jack Leach (unavailable), Craig Overton (unavailable) and Sonny Baker (back), whilst Lewis Gregory (illness) is also unavailable and Josh Davey is still recovering from a groin operation.

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following 13-man squad for the match: Tom Abell (c), Kasey Aldridge, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Steve Davies, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Ned Leonard, Peter Siddle and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Club Captain, Tom Abell said: “We can’t wait to start the season. It’s been a long time coming and we’ve had a really productive winter. We feel like pre-season has gone very well and I don’t think we could have achieved much more in those games. Everyone is excited that the competitive games are starting now.

“It’s a tough start for us at Hampshire , but it’s a challenge that we are very much looking forward to. We are certainly ready for it after the work that we’ve all put in over the winter.

“It’s important to make a good start because momentum in sport is key. We just have to trust in what we’ve been doing throughout the winter. If we perform like I know we can, then we will be in a good position.”

Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “We’ve taken a lot of learnings from last year and we’ve invested a lot of time over the winter and throughout pre-season ensuring that we are in the best possible place come that first game at Hampshire. There’s a real air of confidence within the group at the moment.

“The thing that has pleased me most over the winter is how much competition there is for places. Everyone wants to be in that starting XI come that first game of the season and everyone has contributed during pre-season. The likes of Kasey and Ned have closed the gap by bowling brilliantly throughout the last few weeks. The senior guys will have taken that on board.

“Division one looks incredibly competitive and there are some extremely strong sides this year. That bodes well for the standard of cricket that will be on display.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are traveling to the match you can find everything you need to know by visiting the Hampshire website

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match begins on Thursday April 14th when we welcome Essex to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

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