Bob Willis Trophy: Somerset vs Glamorgan Preview
Somerset begin their Bob Willis Trophy campaign tomorrow (Saturday), taking on Glamorgan in a match that gets underway at 11am. For more information about the Bob Willis Trophy, including rule changes of the competition, please click here
Please note that the Cooper Associates County Ground remains closed to the public and the fixture is being played behind closed doors.
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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 played against each other in the County Championship on 151 occasions. Somerset have won 37 of these fixtures, Glamorgan have won on 44 occasions whilst 70 have been drawn.
The highest total for Somerset in the series is 600 for eight declared at Taunton in 2001, while for Glamorgan it’s 574 for seven at Newport in 1939.
The highest innings by a Somerset batsman is 313* by Jimmy Cook at Sophia Gardens in 1990 and for Glamorgan it is 216 by Dai Davies, again in that 1939 match at Newport.
The best bowling in an innings for Somerset is nine for 51 by Jack White in 1932 at Bath and for Glamorgan it is 8 for 42 by Brian Evans at Cardiff Arms Park in 1961.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Josh Davey averages consistently well throughout the opposition innings. In First-Class matches for Somerset, he averages 25.6 in Overs 1-30, 24.4 in Overs 31-80 and 26.8 after the 80th Over.
- Somerset’s bowling attack averaged 21.3 runs per dismissal last season – the lowest of all the 18 teams
- Somerset were excellent overall – both the best seam & spin bowling unit last season. The seamers averaged 20.9 – the lowest of all teams. The spinners averaged 19.4 – again the lowest of all teams.
- Tom Abell played 14% false shots last season in the Championship – the lowest of all Somerset players
Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr has selected the following squad of 13:
The squad (in alphabetical order) is: Tom Abell (c), George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies (wk), Nathan Gilchrist, Ben Green James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton.
The Glamorgan squad is: Chris Cooke (C), Kieran Bull, Kiran Carlson, Tom Cullen, Merchant de Lange, Dan Douthwaite, Charlie Hemphrey, Michael Hogan, Billy Root, Nick Selman, Ruaidhri Smith, Callum Taylor, Graham Wagg
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Looking ahead to the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr, said: “It’s obviously been a long time coming. The lads have worked really hard over the last few months and everyone is very excited about tomorrow’s game.
“It will certainly be very different playing Glamorgan in red-ball cricket. We know they are an incredibility competitive side in white-ball cricket, and will bring that competitive spirit with some quality players. We are really looking forward to the contest.
“There is incredible strength in depth at Somerset at the moment. It’s great to have guys away representing England in various formats and that creates opportunities. A couple of the younger players have had terrific pre-seasons and really stepped up.”
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