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County Championship Preview: Surrey v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset travel to the Kia Oval to take on Surrey in Division One of the LV= Insurance County Championship.

Play is scheduled to get underway at 11am tomorrow (Thursday April 20th).

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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 177 occasions in The County Championship. Somerset have won on 34 occasions, Surrey have come out on top 76 times whilst 65 games have been drawn and two games 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.

The last time the two sides met in red-ball cricket was at the Kia Oval in July 2021. The match ended in a draw.

Somerset won the toss and elected to bat.

James Hildreth made an excellent 107 as the visitors posted a total of 429 all out.

In reply, Surrey were all out for 240 as Jack Leach claimed six for 43.

Ravi Ashwin then claimed six wickets as Somerset were all out for 69 in the second innings. By the close of play on day four, the hosts were 106 for four. Surrey took 11 points from the match and Somerset claimed 14.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset welcome back Tom Banton and Josh Davey, but are without Lewis Gregory (stiff back).

The 13-man Somerset squad for this match is: Tom Abell (c), Tom Banton, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Matt Renshaw, Peter Siddle and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the game, Craig Overton said: “There are no easy games in Division One and we know that. We know that we have to turn up and put in a good performance to put right the things that have gone wrong. Hopefully, that starts this week at the Kia Oval.

“We’ve had a good rivalry with them over the last few years and hopefully we can turn our fortunes around with a win there this week.

“We’ve lost a few games in a row, but the fight that we showed last week was incredibly pleasing. That fight was massive and it shows the belief we have in the side. That’s something that we’ve had in the past and it was great to see that spirit again. We were bowling well and their was a real buzz in the field. To be working so hard for each other was really special.

“The way we fought goes to show how committed we all are to winning games of cricket for Somerset.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are traveling to the match you can find everything you need to know by visiting the official Surrey CCC website

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match begins on Thursday April 28th when we welcome Warwickshire to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

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