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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Somerset v Surrey

THE MATCH

Somerset return to Specsavers County Championship Division One action tomorrow (Tuesday) when we welcome Surrey to the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Somerset are currently top of the Division One table with 43 points from our opening two matches whilst Surrey are seventh after taking 11 points from their opening fixture.

Play is scheduled to get underway at 11am.

Gates will open at 10am.

Tickets for this match 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.

A live stream of this match will be available with synchronised BBC Commentary. The link for this will be posted shortly before play begins.

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 teams have met each other 171 times in the County Championship. Somerset have won 33 times, Surrey have won on 76 occasions and 62 matches have been drawn.

Somerset’s highest total in the series is 688 for eight declared at Guildford in 2006, while for Surrey it is 811 at the Oval in 1899.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 342 by Justin Langer at Guildford in 2006, while for Surrey it is 357 not out by Bobby Abel at the Oval in 1899.

The best bowling for Somerset is 10 for 49 by Teddy Tyler at Taunton in 1895 and for Surrey it is 10 for 43 by Tom Rushby in 1921 also at Taunton.

The last time the two sides met was at the Cooper Associates County Ground in September. The match was abandoned as a draw after wind blew off the covers overnight and ruined the playing surface meaning that no further play was possible.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following 13-man squad:  Tom Abell (c), Azhar Ali, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Jack Leach, Craig Overton and Marcus Trescothick

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Jason Kerr said: “It seems like a long time since we’ve played red-ball cricket, but we know what we need to do. It’s about reinforcing a few things from when we played at Trent Bridge in April.

“We’re on a great run at the moment and we want to continue that against last year’s champions. Obviously we beat them in white-ball cricket recently but this is a completely different format. They’ve only played one game and they will have had the opportunity to hone their skills over the last few days.

“The advantage that we have is that winning games gives you great confidence, no matter what format it is. The guys are looking forward to it and to the challenge that Surrey will represent.”

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

James Hildreth was one of only five players to pass 1000 CC runs in 2018. It was the third time in the last four seasons that he’s reached the landmark.

SOMERSET DAY

As part of the Somerset Day celebrations, supporters are able to gain free entry to one day of this match on production of a special Somerset Day voucher which is printed in the current edition of the Somerset County Gazette.

BOOK SIGNING

Brian Rose will be signing copies of his new book, “Rosey: My Life in Somerset Cricket” at Somerset County Sports during the lunch interval on day one of this match.

NORTH AREA COMMITTEE BOOK SALE

The North Somerset Area Committee will be holding a book sale on days one and two of this match.

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