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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Somerset v Warwickshire

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome Warwickshire to the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Monday) for this Specsavers County Championship Division One match.

Somerset are currently top of the Division One table with 54 points from our opening three matches whilst Warwickshire are eighth after taking seven points from their two fixtures.

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 sides have met in the County Championship on 136 occasions. Somerset have won 35 times, Warwickshire have won 40 of the games and 61 of the matches have ended in a draw.

The highest total by Somerset in the series is 672 for four declared at Taunton in 2009, and for Warwickshire it is 642 in 2011 at the same venue.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 322 by Viv Richards at Taunton in 1985, while for Warwickshire it’s 230 not out by Rohan Kanhai at Edgbaston in 1973.

The best bowling for Somerset is nine for 58 by Jack White at Edgbaston in 1928 while for Warwickshire it is nine for 35 by Henry Howell at Taunton in 1924.

The last time the two sides met was at Edgbaston in September 2017 when Somerset won by 169 runs.

After opting to bat first, Somerset made 282 all out from 81 overs, thanks in no small part to Tom Abell, who made 82, and Steve Davies who hit 46.

In reply the hosts were dismissed for 146 in 61 .3 overs. Jack Leach was the pick of the bowlers, taking five for 50.

Batting for a second time Somerset made 265 for four in 63 overs thanks to an unbeaten 119 from Marcus Trescothick, 68 from James Hildreth and 51 from Abell.

Chasing 402 for victory, Warwickshire were bowled out for 232 as Tim Groenewald  took five for 58.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following 12-man squad:  Tom Abell (c), Azhar Ali, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, 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, Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “I think that this game is a real opportunity for us, but Warwickshire are a good side and they earned the right to come up last year.

“They will certainly have been hurt by the result of their game against Hampshire. There’s nothing worse than an wounded animal, so we need to make sure that we pay them the appropriate respect.

“Warwickshire have got some very fine players with both the bat and the ball so they will be a very good test for us and we need to make sure that we are on top of our game.

“We need to show the right application and approach and not take anything for granted.”

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

Somerset were unbeaten at home all season in last year’s Specsavers County Championship. Warwickshire were the only other county not to lose at their home ground throughout the campaign.

MEMBERS Q&A

2019 Members are being invited to attend a Question and Answer Session during our Specsavers County Championship match against Warwickshire.

In order to keep supporters up to date with everything that is happening at the Cooper Associates County Ground, CEO Andrew Cornish and Director of Cricket Andy Hurry will be answering questions put to them by Somerset Members on Tuesday.

The session will take place in the County Room 20 minutes after the completion of play on day two of the Specsavers County Championship match against Warwickshire.

Members of Somerset County Cricket Club are welcome to attend this Question and Answer session and 2019 Membership cards will be required to gain entry.

SCHOOLS DAY

Days two and three (Tuesday and Wednesday) of this match have been allocated as our annual Schools Days.

This year will be the seventh year of this initiative and we are delighted to be welcoming over 1000 pupils each day from across the region.

All pupils will receive an activity booklet when they arrive at the Cooper Associates County Ground which consists of a number of cricket themed activities and games.

Cricket activations will be taking place in the Indoor Centre of Excellence throughout the day and our inflatable cricket nets will also be in place outside the Somerset Cricket Museum.

During the interval all schools will take part in a parade around the outfield.

Seating in the Ondaatje Stands and Somerset Pavilion Lower will be reserved for schools on these days.

BOOK SIGNING

Stephen Hill will be signing copies of his new book: “Somerset Cricketers 1971 – 2000” in Somerset County Sports at lunch on day two of this match (Tuesday). This is the fourth in a series of publications looking back at the players who have represented Somerset throughout the Club’s history.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL NAVY

Members of the National Museum of the Royal Navy are able to gain free entry to day one of this fixture (Monday) on production of their valid Membership card.

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