Royal London One-Day Cup Final Preview: Somerset v Hampshire
Somerset take on Hampshire at Lord’s tomorrow (Saturday) in the final of the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Somerset reached the final courtesy of a 115 run win over Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge whilst Hampshire overcame Lancashire by four wickets at the Ageas Bowl.
Play is due to get underway at 11am.
HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?
The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Cricket with coverage beginning at 10:30am.
In addition to this a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.
HEAD TO HEAD
The two sides have met in List A cricket on 63 occasions. Somerset have won 28 of the matches, Hampshire have triumphed in 28, one has been tied, one has ended in a no result and five have been abandoned.
Somerset’s highest total in the series is 360 for seven off 50 overs at the Ageas Bowl in 2018, while for Hampshire it is 356 for nine in the same match.
The highest individual innings for Somerset is 155 not out by Martin Crowe at Southampton in 1987, and for Hampshire it is 156 by Rilee Rossouw at Taunton in 2017.
The best bowling performance for Somerset is four for 10 by Colin Dredge at Dean Park, Bournemouth in 1980 and for Hampshire it is four for 12 by Andy Roberts at the same venue in 1975.
Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad for the match tomorrow:
Tom Abell (c), Azhar Ali, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory, Ben Green, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Peter Trego and Roelof van der Merwe.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of the match Somerset Captain, Tom Abell said: “Saturday is going to be massive for us. We’re all hugely excited about it and cant wait for it. I’m delighted that Somerset are in the final, and hopefully we can give our supporters another win.
“We’re all certainly up for it and everyone is really looking forward to it. We’re pretty confident as a team that we have got what it takes. We’ve got a job to do on Saturday, so all of our attention is focused on making sure that we’re ready for the big day and that we perform.”
Director of Cricket Andy Hurry said: “It’s going to be a really exciting game because we are capable of putting any opponents under significant pressure. I’m convinced that any team who draws us in a knockout competition fears us and I’m sure Hampshire will be feeling that way, even though they are a very good side themselves.
“We didn’t perform to our best when we last met them but since then we’ve turned that around and have got closer to how we want to perform.
“We’re not going to see a final at Lord’s for a number of years and I see every prospect of this match being full of excitement and a fitting finale.
“A lot is riding on the final. It’s about how we manage the expectations and the pressure that we put on ourselves. There’s a lot of experience in and around this group of players. It’s an exciting time and if we can embrace it and take care of the simple things, while keeping clear minds, we have every chance of being successful.
“We will take a terrific following to Lord’s and it’s nice to be able to give our Members and supporters the chance to visit the Home of Cricket for a major occasion.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Somerset were one of only two teams in last year’s Royal London One-Day Cup to score at more than six runs per over against spin.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
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