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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Somerset v Essex

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome Essex to the Cooper Associates County Ground for the final Specsavers County Championship match of the season which gets underway tomorrow (Monday).

Somerset are currently second in the Division One table with 208 points from 13 matches whilst Essex are top with 220 points from the same number of games.

Gates will open at 9:30am with play due to get underway at 10:30am.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased by clicking here

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.

This match will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket with coverage beginning at 10am.

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

HEAD TO HEAD

In the County Championship the two sides have met on 146 occasions. Somerset have won 36 of these matches, Essex have won 58, one match was tied, 50 have been drawn and 1 match was abandoned.

Somerset’s highest innings total in the series is 488 all out at Clacton in 1949, while for Essex it is 692 at Taunton in 1895.

The highest individual score for Somerset is 228 not out by Marcus Trescothick at Colchester in 2010 and for Essex it is 263 by Stuart Law in 1999 at Chelmsford.

Somerset’s best bowling is eight for 67 by Brian Langford at Ilford in 1958 and for Essex it is eight for 90 by JWHT Douglas at Colchester in 1923.

When the two sides met at Chelmsford in June this year it was Essex who were the winners by 151 runs.

In 2018 the game at Chelmsford in June was drawn while Somerset won the return at Taunton in August by 45 runs.

TEAM NEWS

Jack Leach returns from international duty and therefore Somerset have named the following squad for the match:

Tom Abell, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Dom Bess, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Roelof van der Merwe and Murali Vijay.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “Inevitably you can’t go through a whole domestic season without losing a game. Sometimes the opposition play the better cricket over the duration of the game, but it’s important that we bounce back as we have done brilliantly previously this season.

“Externally there’s a lot of expectation around at the moment but it’s important that the players concentrate on the process and the things that they can control.

“Whichever team plays the better cricket tends to win the game so we need to get back to the things that we’ve been doing so well for the majority of this season.

“We know exactly what we need to do and having that clarity helps to keep things really simple.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are coming to the match 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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Collectively, Somerset’s spinners had a dot ball percentage of 77.0% during last season’s County Championship.
  • Somerset scored 10 centuries during last year’s County Championship.
  • Somerset’s lower order (7th wicket and below) put on 11 fifty partnerships during last year’s County Championship. No team registered more throughout the campaign.
  • 2019 is Somerset’s 12th successive season in Division One. No team has had a longer streak in the top division since the split in 2000.

MARCUS TRESCOTHICK

A presentation will take place at the start of the lunch interval on day one of this match to mark the contribution that Marcus Trescothick has made to Somerset CCC and to the game as a whole.

Trescothick v Essex image courtesy of Getty Images

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