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LV= Insurance County Championship Preview: Somerset v Hampshire

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome Hampshire to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the LV= Insurance County Championship this week.

Play will get underway at 11am tomorrow (Thursday).

This match will see the return of crowds, but only Members who have been successful in the ballot will be permitted entry to the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Somerset are currently second in the Group Two table with 104 points from seven matches, whilst Hampshire are in fourth place with 94 points from the same amount of matches.

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HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?

You can keep up to date using our dedicated Match Centre via this website and on our Twitter feed.

A live stream will be available for fans to watch via this website and our YouTube channel.

In addition to this, a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted on this website.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have faced each other on 211 occasions in First Class cricket. Somerset have triumphed in 56 matches, Hampshire have won 71 times, 84 games have been drawn and three matches have been abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 705 for nine declared at Taunton in 2003, while for Hampshire it is 672 for seven declared also at Taunton in 1899.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is the 292 that was scored by Lionel Palairet at the County Ground in Southampton in 1896, while for Hampshire it is 304 by Robert Poore at Taunton in 1899.

The best bowling for Somerset is nine for 62 by Bill Greswell at Weston-super-Mare in 1928, while for Hampshire it is nine for 40 by Kyle Abbott at the Ageas Bowl in 2019.

The last time that the two sides met in the competition was in May when Somerset came away from the Ageas Bowl with a 10-wicket victory.

Four wickets from Lewis Gregory helped to ensure that the hosts were dismissed for just 79 in their first innings. Craig Overton (74) and Tom Abell (64) were Somerset’s top scorers as the visitors secured a large first innings lead as Somerset went on to post 336 all out.

Hampshire fared rather better second time around, making 258 but Eddie Byrom and Tom Lammonby scored the two runs that were required to complete a comprehensive victory.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset will be without England pair Jack Leach and Craig Overton, whilst Tom Lammonby is being rested for this match.

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has therefore named the following squad: Tom Abell*, Kasey Aldridge, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies+, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Jason said: “We had a break last week, so the guys are all refreshed and they’re extremely excited by the prospect of playing in front of our Members. We will get a huge buzz from that. You can feel the anticipation around the place ahead of tomorrow and that’s really exciting. To play in front of such a passionate and knowledgeable crowd is something that we have missed so much. Crowds make a huge difference and we never take the support that we get for granted.

“Hampshire are a really good side. We had a comprehensive win there and they will be hurting from that. I’m looking forward to four days of good cricket.

“We’re without Jack and Craig but that gives others the opportunity to show what they can do. There is strength in depth in the squad and that’s really exciting.

“We’ve got three games left and the way that the table is looking at the moment, it looks like it’s going to go down to the last game.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you have been successful in the Member ballot and are attending the match, please refer to the FAQ page below for everything that you need to know:

MEMBER BALLOT FAQs

ENTRANCE TIMES AND GATES

If you have been successful in the ballot for this match, please can we request that you you enter the Cooper Associates County Ground via your designated gate at your designated time. These are also printed on your match ticket.

Marcus Trescothick Pavilion Elevated Jack White (St James Street) Gate 10:00 – 10:30
Marcus Trescothick Pavilion Lower Tier Jack White (St James Street) Gate 10:30 – 11:00
Gimblett’s Hill Jack White (St James Street) Gate 10:00 – 10:30
Accessibility Area – Legend’s Square Brian Rose Gates 10:30 – 11:00
Somerset Stand Block 1 Brian Rose Gates 10:30 – 11:00
Somerset Stand Block 2 Brian Rose Gates 10:00 – 10:30
Somerset Stand Block 3 Brian Rose Gates 09:30 – 10:00
Somerset Stand Block 4 Brian Rose Gates 10:00 – 10:30
Somerset Stand Block 5 Brian Rose Gates 10:30 – 11:00
The River Stand Brian Rose Gates 09:30 – 10:00
Lord Ian Botham Stand Brian Rose Gates 09:00 – 09:30
Ondaatje Non-Alcohol Stand (Please note that there are no alcohol restrictions in this stand for this match) St James Street 10:30 – 11:00

WE’VE MISSED YOU

With Members set to return to the Cooper Associates County Ground, we wanted to let you know just how much we have missed you!

WI-FI

Don’t forget that our ground-wide Wi-Fi network is fully operational.

The Wi-Fi is completely free of charge and to connect all you have to do is select the option: “_WeAreSomerset” in your settings and enter a valid email address.

You can also update your preferences or unsubscribe at any time.

With the new Wi-Fi you can browse the internet around the Cooper Associates County Ground. This means, for example, that our matchday live stream can be accessed without using your data, meaning instant replays of all the action on the field are available at no extra cost to you.

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match is on Wednesday June 9th when we welcome Essex Eagles to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast.

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