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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Somerset v Surrey

THE MATCH

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

Surrey are currently sixth in the table with 94 points whilst Somerset are seventh on 64.

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 page. This will include live video replays throughout the match.

You can also listen to live ball-by-ball BBC radio commentary on the BBC Sport website.

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 met twice last year with one game ending in a draw and Somerset claiming victory in the other.

The Kia Oval staged the match between the sides in April 2016. Surrey won the toss, elected to bat and posted a total of 463 all out. Kumar Sangakkara top scored with 171 whilst Tim Groenewald claimed five for 94. In reply Somerset made 353 all out courtesy of 127 from Marcus Trescothick.

In their second innings Surrey reached 181 for eight before they declared. 40 not out from James Hildreth helped Somerset reach 122 for four by the close of play as the game ended all square.

Somerset and Surrey then met at the Cooper Associates County Ground in May. Surrey once again won the toss and elected to bat.

Four wickets from Jack Leach ensured that the visitors were dismissed for 264. Unfortunately for the home side they were all out for just 102 in reply.

Batting for a second time Surrey were all out for 138 thanks again to Leach (four for 63) and Jamie Overton (four for 18).

In a nail-biting finish Somerset reached their required total to win by just one wicket.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset are still without Jamie Overton whilst Lewis Gregory is not fit enough for the extended rigours of four-day cricket and will not feature in the red ball format again this year. However, Tom Abell is recalled to the Championship squad and Paul van Meekeren has been called up following his impressive performances for the Second XI.

Somerset have announced the following 13 man squad for the match: Marcus Trescothick, Eddie Byrom, Tim Rouse, James Hildreth, Tom Abell (c), Steve Davies (wk), Jim Allenby, Craig Overton, Roelof van der Merwe, Dom Bess, Jack Leach, Tim Groenewald, Paul van Meekeren.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Looking ahead to the game with Surrey Marcus Trescothick said: “It’s been a few weeks since our last game in the Specsavers County Championship, that was up at Scarborough which we managed to win which was great. Hopefully we can continue from where we were in that last game and keep on climbing the ladder.

“Every game is now a big one for us. We’ve still got Surrey, Warwickshire and Essex which are all important, so we need to play better than we did in the first half of the season and hopefully improve upon where we are.”

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.

INCLUSION DAY

Day one of this match will see our fourth annual Inclusion Day take place.

Inclusion Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate the successes of our County disabled cricket teams.

We will be joined by members of the Somerset Visually Impaired Cricket Club and the Somerset Disabled Cricket Club as well as their parents, carers, friends and coaches that support them all year.

We will also be joined by groups from Discovery Taunton, Chard and Huntspill. These groups have received cricket coaching through the Somerset Cricket Board this year.

FREE NHS HEALTH CHECK

Somerset Members and match ticket holders over 40 years old can have a free health check on days one and two of this match.

Even though you might be feeling great, if you’re over 40 you may be at risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes or dementia.

A free NHS Health Check can help you reduce these risks and make sure that you stay healthy.

MILES TEA

Mile Tea will be carrying out a sampling at the Cooper Associates County Ground on day one.

They will have samples of their tea, coffee and hot chocolate for people to take away plus they will be running a competition with three special hampers up for grabs!

MEMBERS Q&A ON AUGUST 7TH

Somerset County Cricket Club will be holding our latest Question and Answer Sessions for Members on Monday August 7th (Day One of Somerset v Surrey)

In order to keep supporters up to date with everything that is happening at the Cooper Associates County Ground, CEO Guy Lavender and Director of Cricket Matt Maynard will be answering questions put to them by Somerset Members.

The session will take place in the County Room shortly after the completion of play.

Members of Somerset County Cricket Club are welcome to attend this Question and Answer session and 2017 Membership cards will be required to gain entry.

COMING UP

The next match at the Cooper Associates County Ground is a double header on Saturday August 12th.

Somerset take on Kent Spitfires at 4pm and before that from 12pm Western Storm take on Loughborough Lightning in the Kia Super League.

Tickets for this match have now SOLD OUT!

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