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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Essex v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset return to Specsavers County Championship cricket when we travel to Chelmsford to face Essex in a game that begins tomorrow (Monday).

Currently Somerset are currently seventh in the Division One table with 77 points from their nine matches whilst Essex are top with 158 from the same number of fixtures.

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HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have met on 142 occasions in this format of the game. Somerset have won 35, Essex have triumphed in 56, 49 have been drawn, one was tied and one game was abandoned.

When the two sides met at Taunton in the Somerset’s opening match of the campaign back in April it was newly promoted Essex who ran out the winners.

After winning the toss and opting to bat first Somerset were bowled out for 209 in 72.2 overs of which Peter Trego made 48, James Hildreth 36 and Dean Elgar 34.

When Essex replied they were all out for 129 in 54.5 overs. Roelof van der Merwe was the pick of the bowlers taking three for 26.

Batting for a second time with a lead of 80 Somerset were all out for 174 in 50.2 overs of which Hildreth made 35 and Elgar 27.

Chasing 255 for victory Alistair Cook hit 110 and added 134 for the second wicket with Tom Westley who ended unbeaten on 86 to see Essex to an eight wicket victory.

TEAM NEWS

Ahead of the trip, Matt Maynard has named the following squad:

Marcus Trescothick, Eddie Byrom, Tim Rouse, James Hildreth, Tom Abell (c), Steve Davies (wk), Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Dom Bess, Jack Leach, Tim Groenewald, Paul van Meekeren, Josh Davey

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Matt Maynard: “We have been pretty strong in the last couple of games that we have played in red ball cricket, a good win at Yorkshire and a strong draw with Surrey in our last match so we will be looking to continue with that.

“ I think that the wicket up at Chelmsford will be a belter, and we will get a chance to see it when we practice later this afternoon. I am assuming that it will be a pretty good cricket wicket that they will produce up there for us.

“Essex are looking pretty strong although both Westley and Cook are out from the last time that we met.”

Looking towards Somerset’s remaining five games Matt said: “All the sides have got to play each other and I think that the mathematics of our situation could change game in game out but in the short term the next two matches if we can get a win and a good strong draw then will be getting very close and that’s all we can do. We want to get closer with each game that we play to narrow that gap between us and sixth place and if we can get there and then try to move up the table as far as possible.”

Regarding the reason whey Essex will be including Amir in their line up whilst Somerset were unable to sign Fakhar Zaman the DOC said: “I am not entirely sure, but Amir has been playing for Essex this season and he had to report back to Lahore for a fitness test ahead of the World Series, but they have since released him to in the game. I think that the fact that he has already been playing for Essex helped their cause whereas Fakhar will remain in Lahore in preparation for the World Series.

“We have got to play some good cricket and we have beaten Yorkshire so we know we can compete well with any side in this league if we perform to our ability so there is no doubt that Essex are stronger with Amir playing but they we cant just focus on him because they have other players who are taking wickets for them and they have got a strong attack.

“We have got to play their whole attack not just one player. However it will be good for the likes of Dom Bess who will have some footholds to bowl into!

“We had a really good net yesterday and will have another practice this afternoon so are really looking forward to seeing that fight again that we have shown over the last six weeks or so.”

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