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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Somerset v Yorkshire

THE MATCH

Somerset are in Specsavers County Championship First Division action tomorrow (Friday) when we welcome Yorkshire to the Cooper Associates County Ground where play is set to start at 11am.

In the last round of matches Somerset drew with Middlesex at Lord’s and are currently eighth in the table with 32 points from five matches whilst Yorkshire beat Lancashire and occupy fourth place in the Division One table with 66 points from their five matches.

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 have met on 173 occasions in the County Championship. Somerset have won 23 of the games, Yorkshire have triumphed on 90 occasions whilst 60 games have been drawn. 

In the corresponding fixture between the two sides in May last season the match was drawn, Somerset taking 12 points and Yorkshire nine. 

Batting first the home side scored 562 for seven declared off 138.2 overs, of which James Hildreth hit 166, Marcus Trescothick 97, Peter Trego 94, Chris Rogers 91 and Jim Allenby 51. 

In reply Yorkshire were all out for 311 off 113.1 overs, of which Adam Lyth hit 106. Following on the visitors then reached 141 for six at the end of the match. 

In the return match at Headingley in September it was Somerset who ran out the winners to claim 23 points to Yorkshire’s three. 

After winning the toss and batting first Yorkshire were bowled out for 145 in 61.2 overs in reply to which Somerset scored 390 off 98.3 overs. Lewis Gregory was the top scorer with an unbeaten 72, Rogers made 63 and Allenby 50 whilst for the hosts Ryan Sidebottom took five for 51. 

Batting for a second time Yorkshire were all out for 286 in 96.3 overs, of which Jake Lehmann scored 116 and Liam Plunkett hit 73, while for the visitors Jack Leach took six for 64. 

Needing 42 for victory Somerset reached their target in 10.3 overs without loss of wicket.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset welcome back Craig Overton from England Lions duty and Adam Hose has been called up to the 14 man squad which is as follows: Marcus Trescothick, Dean Elgar, Tom Abell (c), James Hildreth, Steve Davies (wk), Adam Hose, Lewis Gregory, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Josh Davey, Dom Bess, Jack Leach and Tim Groenewald.

The Yorkshire squad is as follows: Gary Ballance (c), Jack Brooks, Karl Carver, Ben Coad, Matthew Fisher, Peter Handscomb, Andrew Hodd (wk), Jack Leaning, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Steven Patterson, Azeem Rafiq, Ryan Sidebottom, Matthew Waite.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Regarding Adam’s call up, Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “Adam Hose has been knocking the door down for a chance in the Championship. I always make it clear that first team places have to be earned and he has gone about his business this season in a very professional manner.”

TEMPORARY STANDS

Please note that the large temporary stands in the Priory Bridge Road and St James Street sides of the Ground will NOT be in use for this fixture.

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.

 

CIDER FESTIVAL

Thatchers will be holding a special Cider Festival during this match.

The ciders on sale from the Thatchers Rig in the Priory Bridge Road side of the ground will be:

  • Stan’s Big Apple
  • Stan’s Cheddar Valley
  • Stan’s Trad
  • Thatchers Haze
  • Thatchers Gold

Thatchers will also be carrying out samplings on Friday from their gazebo next to the rig where samples of Wyke Farm cheese will also be available.

In addition, Thatchers will be running a quiz and a social media competition giving people the chance to win prizes including a tour and tasting at Mrytle Farm.

COMING UP

Somerset are next in action on Tuesday when we welcome Nottinghamshire Outlaws to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the quarter-final of the Royal London One-Day Cup. Tickets for this match can be purchased here.

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