NatWest T20 Blast Preview: Somerset v Kent Spitfires
Somerset are in NatWest T20 Blast action again tomorrow (Saturday) when we host Kent Spitfires at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
This match is now completely SOLD OUT!
Ahead of the match Western Storm will face Loughborough Lightning in the Kia Super League.
Gates open at 11am with play due to get underway in the Kia Super League at 12pm with the NatWest T20 Blast action due to start at 4pm.
HOW CAN I STAY UP TO DATE?
Both of Saturday’s matches will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket.
In addition a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.
HEAD TO HEAD
The two sides have played against each other on 12 occasions in T20 cricket. Somerset have won three of the matches whilst Kent have triumphed eight times and one match was abandoned.
When the two sides met at Canterbury earlier this year it was Kent who triumphed by seven wickets (D/L Method).
After choosing to bat first Somerset posted 197 for six which included a 67 run stand for the second wicket in 5.3 overs between Steve Davies and Jim Allenby. Davies then added 26 with Johann Myburgh before he was out for 62 off 32 balls. Myburgh then added 56 for the fifth wicket in 5.1 overs with Peter Trego before he was out for 64 off 35 balls.
In reply Kent openers Joe Denly (46) and Daniel Bell-Drumond (39) added 82 for the first wicket in 7.2 overs. Sam Northeast then hit an unbeaten 54 off 27 balls to help Kent reach a revised total of 181 for 3 to win the match.
Somerset are still without Jamie Overton but welcome back Dean Elgar from Test duty.
The starting XI will be selected from the following 15 man squad: Lewis Gregory, Steve Davies (wk), Jim Allenby (c), Johann Myburgh, Dean Elgar, James Hildreth, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Tim Groenewald, Max Waller, Paul van Meekeren, Peter Trego, Tom Abell, Michael Leask, Dom Bess.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Looking ahead to the match Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “If we can win two of our last three group matches we will qualify, while three victories would mean a home quarter-final. Virtually every team in the group can still get through, so every match is like a cup final from now on.
“It’s a tough weekend for us, but one we are really looking forward to. We have Dean Elgar back and we have tickets booked for a couple of flights should Fakhar Zaman’s visa come through. We have actually signed Fakhar more for Championship cricket. Under the rules of the NatWest T20 Blast, he will need to play in at least one group match for him to be eligible for the knock-out stages.
“Being ultra positive is what has put us in a strong position in the group and we have to continue in that manner. If that means we are bowled out for 80 in one game, so be it. In another we will probably get 200-plus. We have been flexible with our batting line-up and that will continue.”
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 – Fish & Chips
- Priory Bridge Road car park – Pieminister and Pizza Dragon
- Legends Square – Burgers
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
On Saturday and Sunday the Cooper Associates County Ground will be holding a special NatWest T20 Blast Beer-Fest Weekender.
There are three matches taking place over the course of the two days as follows:
- Saturday August 12th – Somerset v Kent Spitfires PLUS Western Storm v Loughborough Lightning
- Sunday August 13th – Somerset v Glamorgan
Over the course of that weekend in association with St Austell Brewery and Thatchers Cider we will be hosting a special Beer-Fest featuring 12 beers and 10 ciders.
- 1 venue
- 2 days
- 3 matches
- 10 delicious ciders
- 12 tasty beers
Entry to the Beer-Fest, which will be held in Stragglers Coffee House, is included in your match-day ticket and is free to 2017 Platinum Members.
KIA SUPER LEAGUE
At 12pm Western Storm take on Loughborough Lightning in the 2017 Kia Super League.
The two sides met twice in the competition last year, winning one match each.
In the group stage it was the Lightning that came out on top by just five runs. Having won the toss Loughborough elected to bat and a fourth wicket partnership of 83 between Amy Jones and Ellyse Perry helped them to a total of 158 for eight. Anya Shrubsole and Stafanie Taylor both claimed two wickets for the Storm.
In reply a stunning 74 from just 46 balls from Heather Knight saw the Storm come within touching distance of victory but it just wasn’t to be.
The two teams met again in the semi-final and this time it was Western Storm that triumphed.
On this occasion Knight won the toss and elected to field and her bowlers restricted the Lightning to 124 for seven. Perry once again impressed with the bat for Loughborough with 64 from 48 balls whilst Taylor claimed three for 31.
Chasing 125 for victory Knight again led from the front and her 52 helped the Storm to a five wicket victory with three balls to spare.
PARK & RIDE
We have once again teamed up with The Buses of Somerset and Somerset County Council to offer a Park and Ride facility for our NatWest T20 Blast match against Kent Spitfireson August 12th.
Buses will be running from the Taunton Gateway Park and Ride site near Ruishton. This service will operate every 15 minutes at a cost of just £2.40 per person and will drop passengers at Taunton Parade (near the Market House).
The return journey, which will run from Taunton Parade (near the Market House) back to Taunton Gateway, will operate every 10 minutes from 19:30 with a last bus at 20:20.
Please note that this service is running from Taunton Gateway Park and Ride site near Ruishton only.
Both the NatWest T20 Blast and the Kia Super League will have an extra splash of colour this weekend when the cricketing family comes together to support the Rainbow Laces campaign.
Rainbow Laces is a campaign run by the charity Stonewall and aims to unite sport in support of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.
ECB is supporting the campaign as part of its ongoing efforts to promote diversity within cricket and ensure the sport provides a welcoming environment for everyone at all levels.
The weekend will see thousands of people, from fans to players, put on rainbow laces to ensure LGBT people feel welcome and included.
Support for the campaign across the weekend will include:
- All NatWest T20 Blast and Kia Super League players and umpires being given rainbow laces to wear during matches
- Rainbow flags being prominently displayed in the pre-match ‘guard of honour’ welcoming teams onto the field
- A rainbow band decoration will sit on the stumps
- Sky commentators will be donning rainbow laces to show their support for the campaign
- The Rainbow laces flag will be displayed at county grounds together with big screen support for the campaign at all grounds.
ICC WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TROPHY
The ICC Women’s World Cup trophy will be at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Saturday and will be on display in the Somerset County Cricket Club gazebo which will be situated at the end of the Ondaatje Pavilion.
Somerset’s next match at the Cooper Associates County Ground is on Sunday when we welcome Glamorgan to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the NatWest T20 Blast.
This match is now sold out.
Play will get underway at 2:30pm.Back to News