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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Somerset v Yorkshire

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome Yorkshire to the Cooper Associates County Ground for this Specsavers County Championship Division One match which begins tomorrow (Tuesday).

Somerset are currently second in the Division One table with 186 points from 11 matches whilst Yorkshire are third with 151 points from the same number of games.

Play is scheduled to get underway at 10:30am.

Gates will open at 9:30am.

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 played against each other in the County Championship on 178 occasions. Somerset have won 26 of these fixtures, Yorkshire have won on 92 occasions whilst 60 have been drawn.

The highest total for Somerset in the series is 630 at Headingley in 1901, while for Yorkshire it’s 589 for five at Bath in 2001.

The highest innings by a Somerset batsman is 297 by Matt Wood at Taunton in 2006 and for Yorkshire it is 213 by Herbert Sutcliffe in1924 at Dewsbury.

The best bowling in an innings for Somerset is nine for 41 by Len Braund in 1902 at Sheffield and for Yorkshire it is 10 for 35 by Alonzo Drake at Weston-super-Mare in 1914.

The best match figures for Somerset are 14 for 70 by Coote Hedley in 1895 at Headingley and for Yorkshire it’s Alonzo Drake with 15 for 51 at Weston-super-Mare in 1914.

TEAM NEWS

Murali Vijay is in line to make his Somerset debut and Lewis Gregory is back in the squad.

Head Coach, Jason Kerr will name a starting XI from the following squad: Tom Abell, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Dom Bess, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Jamie Overton, Roelof van der Merwe and Murali Vijay.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the game Somerset Club Captain, Tom Abell said: “It goes without say that this is a big game. Yorkshire got the better of us when we played them up there, and I think we let ourselves down a little bit. We didn’t give a great account of ourselves at Headingley and we’ll be looking to put that right this week.

“We’ve got three games left against three good teams and we’re still very much in the hunt for that title.

“This game will be a really good test for us. We’ve had some time off, which has allowed us to freshen up, and we’ve trained well this week, so everyone is ready to go.

“Murali Vijay is an international class batsman and he’s fitted in to the dressing room seamlessly. He brings experience and knowledge which will be hugely important in the run-in.

“We’re all looking forward to getting back out on the field here in Taunton and the home crowd always get right behind us.”

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?

Craig Overton, Dom Bess and Josh Davey all scored more than 200 Specsavers County Championship runs for Somerset during last season’s competition. No team had more batsmen batting in positions eight to eleven reaching that milestone.

FARMERS DAY

Somerset County Cricket Club have teamed up with Mole Valley Farmers, Bonanza Calf Nutrition, The Farming Community Network (FCN) and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution to host our third annual Farmers Day.

Members of the farming community have been sent a special flyer which can be exchanged for a free ticket for day two of this match.

Bonanza Calf Nutrition are producers of industry leading milk replacers for calves, lambs and kids.

Mole Valley Farmers began life more than 50 years ago, when a group of farmers from the South Molton area created an agricultural buying-group.  The success of this early enterprise has resulted in the Mole Valley Farmers family of companies becoming a leading agricultural supply business spanning the length of Britain, with holdings in Wales and more recently Scotland. Last year the company’s total turnover was £420 million and it employed 2100 staff.

The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times. Their goal is to be the first port of call for pastoral and practical support of all those in need in the farming community, with a particular focus on farmers and farming families.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution is a welfare charity which changes lives for the better. They offer financial support to farming people in hardship of all ages. They provide short-term and long-term support to people and many become ‘full beneficiaries’ of the charity, receiving ongoing regular payments.

DEVON DAY

Tuesday is Devon Day!

To celebrate the event we have invited players from cricket clubs across Devon to be our guests at the Cooper Associates County Ground on the day.

Devon Members will gain free entry on the day on the production of their Devon Membership card.

VIC MARKS

Somerset legend Vic Marks will be signing copies of his new book: “Original Spin” in the SCCC Shop during the tea interval on day one.

SOMERSET COUNTY GAZETTE

Somerset County Cricket Club and the Somerset County Gazette have teamed up to offer readers free entry to one day of this match. Simply exchange the voucher printed in the Gazette for a free entry ticket on the day.

BOOK SALE

The North Area Committee of Somerset County Cricket Club will be holding a book sale on day one.

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