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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Worcestershire v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset return to Specsavers County Championship action tomorrow (Sunday) when we travel to Blackfinch New Road to take on Worcestershire.

Somerset are currently third in Division One with 97 points from seven matches, 10 points behind second place Nottinghamshire who have played an extra game, and 34 in arrears of Surrey who have also played seven. Hosts Worcestershire are eighth in table with 54 points from seven matches.

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HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have met on 176 occasions in Championship cricket. Somerset have won on 56 occasions, Worcestershire have triumphed 58 times, 60 matches have been drawn, one was tied and one abandoned.

The highest total by Somerset in the series is 591 for nine declared at New Road in 2011, while for Worcestershire it is 696 for eight at the same venue in 2005.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 257 not out by Len Braund at New Road in 1913, and for Worcestershire it is 405 not out by Graeme Hick at Taunton in 1988.

The best bowling figures for Somerset is 10 for 76 by Jack White at New Road in 1921, while for Worcestershire it is nine for 45 by Percy Jackson at Dudley in 1935.

Earlier this season it was Somerset who won the match by 83 runs when the two sides met at the Cooper Associates County Ground in April.

After being put in to bat Somerset were all out for 202 with debutant Matt Renshaw hitting an unbeaten 102 whilst Ed Barnard claimed five for 52 for the visitors.

When Worcestershire replied they were all out for 179. Lewis Gregory was the pick of the Somerset bowlers, claiming four for 51.

Batting for a second time Somerset made 255 all out. James Hildreth scored an unbeaten 111 and Barnard took six for 37.

Chasing 279 to win Worcestershire were all out for 195.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset are still without Tim Groenewald (groin) but Azhar Ali is in line to make his debut. Marcus Trescothick is back in contention following his foot injury whilst Jack Leach and Dom Bess are also available again after returning from England Lions duty.

The Somerset squad for the match is as follows: Tom Abell, Azhar Ali, Dom Bess, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Marcus Trescothick and Max Waller.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “It will be interesting to make that transition back to four-day cricket after the Vitality Blast and we don’t have a great deal of preparation time but we are looking forward to it and to the challenges that Worcestershire will present us.

“To have two players of the international pedigree of Marcus Trescothick and Azhar Ali in the squad is huge so we’re very excited about that. We will go there and try to execute our skills really well over four days and hopefully that will bring us the right result.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are planning on attending the match, you can find out everything you need to know from the Worcestershire website by clicking here

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