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LV= Insurance County Championship Preview: Somerset v Gloucestershire

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome Gloucestershire to the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Thursday) in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

Both sides will be looking to keep up their good form after winning their opening matches of the season.

As a mark of respect, all nine LV= Insurance County Championship matches will pause between 2:50pm and 4:10pm on Saturday, to coincide with the funeral of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. This will include 20 mins for the tea interval. There will therefore be one hour of playing time to make up. 30 mins is to be made up on the Saturday itself and an extra 15 mins on each of Days one and two.

Please note that this match will be played behind closed doors.

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HEAD TO HEAD

The last time the two sides met in First Class cricket was in last season’s Bob Willis Trophy at the Cooper Associates County Ground, a match that Somerset won by 314 runs.

The visitors won the toss and elected to field.

It looked like the right decision when Somerset were reduced to 89 for five, but 100 not out from George Bartlett ensured that the hosts posted a total of 237 all out. David Payne and Ryan Higgins did the majority of the damage for Gloucestershire, both claiming four wickets.

Any confidence that the visitors had of claiming a win quickly evaporated as the Somerset attacked ripped through them as Gloucestershire were dismissed for just 76. Craig Overton was the pick of the bowlers, claiming four for 25 whilst Josh Davey (three for 21) also impressed.

Batting for a second time, Somerset’s Tom Abell and Tom Lammonby both made 101 not out as the home side set Gloucestershire 385 to win.

The home attack was once again well on top and Somerset’s local rivals were all out for just 70. Overton (five for 26) and Davey (four for 25) were again the destroyers in-chief.

TEAM NEWS

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Tom Abell*, George Bartlett, Tom Banton, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Jack Leach, Craig Overton and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “The energy within the group on the way back home on Sunday was outstanding, and the nature of that victory over Middlesex has given us a lot of confidence going into this big local derby.

“Gloucestershire had a good win too, so they will have confidence coming into the match but we will be ready for the contest.

“Last year’s victory is in the past and there’s been a lot of water under the bridge since then, so it’s important that we look forwards rather than backwards. We have absolute respect for them and for the game and we have trained hard this week to make sure that we’re ready for the game on Thursday.”

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match begins on Thursday April 22nd when we travel to The Uptonsteel County Ground to take on Leicestershire in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

RIVARLY UNLEASHED

August 11th 1879 saw the birth of something very special.

It was on that day at Clifton College that the first ever clash between Somerset and Gloucestershire began.

That day has lead to over 140 years and nearly 300 matches of intense sporting rivalry.

Some of the biggest names in the history of the game have starred for the two sides over the years with the likes of Botham, Richards, Trescothick, Gayle, Grace, Walsh and Muralitharan doing battle, but who will be making history this summer?

In 2021 the two bitter rivals will clash on no fewer than four occasions across 10 days and two formats to establish which county is the best in the West!

After a 13 year wait, the two counties met in First Class cricket last year with Somerset coming out on top by an impressive 314 runs.

There were also two keenly contested Vitality Blast clashes between the two sides.

This year will see the two sides clash again as follows:

 

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Make sure you witness all the action as over 140 years of rivalry is unleashed as the two teams battle it out to see who truly is the best in the West!

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