Lancashire v Somerset: Preview
Somerset play our second Specsavers County Championship First Division match of the season this week when we travel to Emirates Old Trafford to take on Lancashire where the game gets underway on Friday morning at 11am.
Last season both teams competed in Division One, where Somerset finished runners up and Lancashire seventh. The games between the two sides were both drawn in 2016.
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Head to Head
In the match at Taunton in early May last year the visitors opted to bat first and posted 493 for nine declared of which Liam Livingstone made an unbeaten 108, Steven Croft 94 and Alviro Petersen 83.
Somerset replied with 313, James Hildreth hitting 130, Chris Rogers 55 and Jamie Overton 51, and following on made 229 for two, Marcus Trescothick unbeaten on 129 while Rogers ended 75 not out.
At Old Trafford in late August, after being asked to bat first Somerset posted 553 for eight declared, Peter Trego making an unbeaten 154 and Tom Abell 135, while Ryan Davies hit 86 and Trescothick 60.
Lancashire in reply made 422 for nine, of which Petersen scored 155, Croft 58, Livingstone 57 and Haseeb Hameed 56.
Somerset have no new injury worries and therefore the squad for this match is: Marcus Trescothick, Dean Elgar, Tom Abell (capt), James Hildreth, Steve Davies (wkt), Pete Trego, Lewis Gregory, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Jack Leach, Tim Groenewald and Josh Davey.
Views from the Dressing Room
Looking ahead to the match Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “There are no easy games in this division and Lancashire are another tough side. They made a couple of big signings in the winter to add to an already strong squad, so we know we are in for a hard game.
“If we can get some partnerships with the bat, which is the one thing that was missing in our last game, and bowl as well as we did on the second morning in addition to being consistent for as long with the ball then we will be in a good place.
“We will look to bat for a lot of time in the first innings and we need to have a strong bowling attack as well so we are going to have to be on our game, there is no doubt about it.”
Regarding selection Matt said: “We selected what we believed to be our strongest team for the game with Essex so that 11 stays along with Tim Groenewald who was twelfth man and Josh Davey who has been pretty close to selection this year after really impressing in the Seconds.”Back to News