NatWest T20 Blast Preview: Somerset v Gloucestershire
Somerset play our first home match in this year’s NatWest T20 Blast when we welcome local rivals Gloucestershire to the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Friday).
The game will get underway at 5:30pm with gates opening at 3:30pm.
Somerset are currently 6th in the South Group with three points from four games whilst Gloucestershire are second in the table with six points from their four matches.*
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In addition a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.
Head to Head
The Somerset v Gloucestershire local derby is always fiercely contested and history is currently on Somerset’s side with the team from Taunton having won 12 of the 26 encounters to Gloucestershire’s nine. There have also been three abandonments and two no-results.
In 2016 it was Gloucestershire who claimed the bragging rights in both meetings.
In the match at Bristol on June 17th after winning the toss and opting to bat first Somerset made 158 for five from their 20 overs.
Chris Gayle with 40 off 26 balls and Jim Allenby with 27 off 29 added 55 for the opening wicket.
Later in the order Mahela Jayawardene made 24 off 21 balls before Lewis Gregory (23*) and Roelof van der Merwe (18*) added 41.
The Gloucestershire reply was based around 60 off 43 from skipper Michael Klinger as the hosts reached 160 for five off the penultimate ball of the innings. van der Merwe was the pick of the Somerset attack ending with an impressive three for 16 from his four overs.
In the return match at Taunton on July 1st it was Gloucestershire who won the toss and opted to field first.
Somerset posted 167 for seven from their 20 overs, of which Pete Trego with 32 off 31 balls and Jayawardene with 41 off 34 added 45 for the third wicket.
Later in the innings Gregory made 16 off 12 and Jamie Overton 14 off four, whilst for the visitors Matt Taylor claimed three for 16 off his four overs.
In reply the Gloucestershire chase was again led by skipper Klinger who hit 101 off 71 balls and he was aided by 41 from Ian Cockbain to help the visitors reach 168 for three with four balls to spare.
Director of Cricket Matt Maynard has named a 15 man squad with Corey Anderson and Johann Myburgh set to face late fitness tests ahead of the match.
The Somerset squad is as follows: Jim Allenby (c), Johann Myburgh, Lewis Gregory, Peter Trego, Adam Hose, James Hildreth, Michael Leask, Corey Anderson, Roelof van der Merwe, Steve Davies (wk), Tom Banton (wk), Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Tim Groenewald and Max Waller.
Views from the Dressing Room
Looking ahead to the game Somerset captain Jim Allenby said: “It doesn’t come much bigger than playing at home against Gloucestershire.
“We have done alright against them over the last couple of years and the 50 over game at Bristol earlier this season was good for us and gives us confidence coming into Friday’s game.
“It’s always tough against them because of that local rivalry which is always there, but we are going to be right up for the game. That win against Middlesex on Sunday has just got everyone’s confidence back up after a tough start to the campaign.
“Injuries haven’t helped us but a re-jig of the batting and bowling order came off which was nice, so we are having to try some different things to get the results and thankfully it came off on Sunday. It was great to see everyone really getting up for that game after a tough day and a late night in Cardiff and then travelling. The attitude and effort shown was fantastic to go with some high class skill as well.”
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
All the information that you need can be found in our comprehensive match-day information page.
This covers everything from planning your journey to where you eat when you get here.
Food & Drink
There are a number of outlets where you can purchase food and drink on match day and these are as follows:
Food is available from:
- The Stragglers Coffee House (take away burgers & hot dogs)
- Fish & chip shop (Ian Botham Stand)
- Ice cream parlour (Somerset Stand)
- Rooftop concession unit (Somerset Pavilion)
- St James Street car park (Coffee, sweets & doughnuts)
- Priory Bridge Road car park – Fish & Chips, Burger Unit, Pieminister and Pizza Dragon
The following bars will also be open:
- County Room (Members Only)
- Ian Botham Stand
- 12th Man bar
- Somerset Stand Bar
- Thatchers Rig – Priory Bridge Road car park
- Tribute Rig – St James Street car park
- Somerset Stand Cans Bar
- Somerset Pavilion Cans Bar
- Pimms Bar – Priory Bridge Road car park
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Somerset’s next match at the Cooper Associates County Ground is on Sunday when we take on Middlesex in the NatWest T20 Blast. Please note that this match is SOLD OUT
*Correct as of 12pm on July 20thBack to News