SPECSAVERS COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: SOMERSET V YORKSHIRE
Somerset welcome Yorkshire to the Cooper Associates County Ground for a four-day Specsavers County Championship First Division match which begins tomorrow (Friday) at 11am.
Gates will open at 10am.
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HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?
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 played against each other in the County Championship on 175 occasions. Somerset have won 24, Yorkshire have won 91 whilst 60 have been drawn.
The highest total for Somerset in the series is 630 at Headingley in 1901 whilst the highest innings by a Somerset batsman is 297 by Matt Wood at Taunton in 2006.
The best bowling in an innings for Somerset in this fixture is nine for 41 by Len Braund in 1902 at Sheffield, with the best match figures for Somerset being 14 for 70 by Coote Hedley in 1895 at Headingley.
The match between the two sides at the Cooper Associates County Ground last June was won by Yorkshire while the return in Scarborough saw Somerset triumph.
At Taunton it was the visitors who batted first and they were all out for 202. In reply Somerset were 224 all out after Ryan Sidebottom claimed five for 56.
Batting for a second time Yorkshire scored 283 all out thanks to an unbeaten 98 from Gary Ballance. Dom Bess was the pick of the bowlers, claiming five for 80.
Chasing 262 for victory, Somerset were all out for 258, Adam Hose making 68 and Steve Davies 59.
In the return at Scarborough in early July Somerset won the toss, batted first and scored 268. In reply Yorkshire were bowled out for 213, Craig Overton taking five for 87.
Batting for a second time Somerset made 281 for four declared after James Hildreth hit an unbeaten 101 and Tim Rouse scored 69.
Set 337 for victory, Yorkshire were all out for 157 as Overton took four for 47, giving Somerset victory by 179 runs.
Jamie Overton will miss the match after picking up a side strain and he is replaced in the squad by Paul van Meekeren. Eddie Byrom is a also out after picking up a shoulder injury against Worcestershire. George Bartlett has been added to the squad.
The Somerset XI will be selected from the following squad: (in alphabetical order): Tom Abell (c), Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Dom Bess, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Matt Renshaw, Marcus Trescothick and Paul van Meekeren.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of the match Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “To get a win against Worcestershire was a great way to start the year, but I think that there is still plenty for us to learn from and plenty to improve upon.
“Yorkshire are a quality side, but we are going into the game full of confidence. We are trusting in what we are doing at the moment and if we put the ball in the right areas with the bowling attack that we have got we will put the Yorkshire batsmen under pressure. We also need our batters to dig in and get those big scores like Matt and Hildy showed against Worcestershire.”
Kerr added: “Every game is tough and traditionally Yorkshire are a strong side and have had a good start to the season themselves so we are looking forward to the challenge.
“The Somerset guys are confident and I thought that we got better each day of the Worcestershire game.”
Regarding the squad Jason said: “Unfortunately Eddie Byrom is going to miss the game as he dislocated his shoulder fielding against Worcestershire. However it is not as serious as we first thought and he is seeing a specialist on Monday so we are waiting for a complete diagnosis, but hopefully it won’t be too long.”
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
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READY EMMY WALK
Somerset and Yorkshire supporters may remember that during the fixture between the two sides in 2016 we helped to raise money for the charity: Ready Emmy Walk.
At the time Emmy King was two years old.
At 20 months Emmy was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia and a type of brain damage called Periventricular Leukomalacia.
Her Cerebral Palsy caused increased muscle tone in her legs and feet which made them constantly stiff. This affected her balance and coordination, making simple things such as crawling and even sitting up extremely difficult. As a result, she wasn’t able to stand or walk independently.
There isn’t a cure for Cerebral Palsy but there is life changing surgery available in the USA.
Partly due to the generosity of supporters at the Cooper Associates County Ground that day, Emmy has now had a successful operation in the USA and her post-operative intensive physiotherapy and rehabilitation is on-going.
Once again Emmy and her family will be our special guests on Saturday and she will be introduced to spectators at the lunch interval.
For more information on Emmy please visit the Ready Emmy Walk Facebook page
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