Jason casts his eye over the 2019 fixtures

The 2019 fixtures have now been released.

We sat down with Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr this morning to get his take on next summer’s schedule.

“It’s an exciting time of year,” he said. “We’re now all looking forward to that first game of the season against Kent. It’s great that we’ll be at home and that we’re playing in the first round of fixtures. It’s always good to start your season with a home game and there are people who will have been waiting a long time to get that first match underway, so I’m sure we’ll get a good crowd here.

“If you look at the last few years of the County Championship you can see that everyone can beat everyone else. There are some really competitive sides in this years competition, but I think we’ve learned a lot from last season and we’re really looking forward to 2019.”

Somerset will be playing a number of away matches at out grounds during 2019 as Jason explained.

“There’s a lot of traveling this year,” he said. “There will be a lot of time on the road, especially during the World Cup, but it’s great that we will be taking cricket around to the communities. We’ll be playing at Radlett, Guildford and Richmond this year. Some of our guys won’t have played at these venues before, so it will be interesting for them to see what these places are like.

“These days the out grounds are very good. The facilities are good and we are looked after very well. Sometimes the challenge can be the surfaces and how much time they have to prepare, but in recent years all the out grounds we’ve played on have been very good.”

The Royal London One-Day Cup begins in April and finishes with the final at Lord’s on May 25th about which Jason said: “That’s interesting because it’s been brought forward again. It’s a great opportunity for the guys to showcase their skills and put their names in the hat for the World Cup squad.

“Those games will come thick and fast, but the advantage will be that we will be playing on fresh pitches. Hopefully that will mean that we will see some good cricket in the competition.”

Jason then turned his attention to the Vitality Blast which will see Somerset playing matches under permanent floodlights at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

“To be playing floodlit T20 matches here is really exciting,” he said. “The guys are all really looking forward to it. The crowds here are already phenomenal, but the floodlights will take that to the next level. It will be an incredible spectacle.

“The advantage of playing these fixtures in a block is that you can develop momentum,” he said. “It enables you to develop a rhythm for the competition and that can be really advantageous.

“Getting to Finals Day is the aim for everyone and every team you play is incredibly competitive. After last year we’ll be taking a good deal of confidence into the competition and hopefully we can go one better in 2019.”

There are also a number of exciting fixtures at the Cooper Associates County Ground that don’t feature Somerset. Western Storm will be in action on three occasions in the KIA Super League, England Women will take on Australia in a Test match in July whilst there will also be three ICC Cricket World Cup fixtures staged at the Ground about which Jason said: “I think it’s fantastic for the Club and for the County that we will be hosting international cricket. It’s outstanding that we will be doing this across both the women’s and men’s games.

“I am sure that our Members and supporters will get behind these fixtures like they always do and I have no doubt that there will be a great atmosphere at all these games.”

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