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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Yorkshire v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset take on Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley in the latest round of Specsavers County Championship Division One matches.

Play is due to get underway at 11am tomorrow (Saturday).

Somerset are currently top of the table with 164 points from nine matches whilst Yorkshire are third with 109 points from the same number of fixtures.

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You can keep up to date using our dedicated Match Centre via this website and on our Twitter feed.

A live stream of the match will also be available and a link will appear in the Match Centre shortly before play starts.

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 177 occasions. Somerset have won 26 times, Yorkshire have won on 91 occasions and 60 games 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 in 1924 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.

In the meetings between the two sides in 2017 it was Somerset who triumphed in both.

The last time the sides met was in August 2018.

After being put into bat, Somerset made 399 all out  in 103.2 overs. Azhar Ali made 89, James Hildreth 81, Steve Davies 80 and Lewis Gregory 65, while Jack Brooks took five for 116.

In reply Yorkshire were all out for 320 in 97.2 overs. Andrew Hodd made 85 and Tom Kohler-Cadmore 81, with Josh Davey the most successful bowler claiming five for 65.

Batting for a second time the hosts made 339 for seven declared thanks to an unbeaten 132 from Tom Abell, 72 from Hildreth and 57 from Gregory.

Set 419 for victory Yorkshire were bowled out for 194.

TEAM NEWS

Lewis Gregory and Jack Leach are unavailable for selection because of England Lions duty but Roelof van der Merwe and Josh Davey have been called in to the squad.

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Tom Abell, Azhar Ali, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Dom Bess, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton and Roelof van der Merwe.

Yorkshire have named the following squad: Gary Ballance, Harry Brook, Ben Coad, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Will Fraine, Matthew Fisher, Adam Lyth, Keshav Maharaj, Duanne Oliver, Steven Patterson, Josh Shaw, Jonathan Tattersall, Jordan Thompson and David Willey.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Jason Kerr said: “It’s going to be another tough challenge for us but it’s a challenge that we’re looking forward to. Yorkshire have had some convincing performances so far this season and they’re always a difficult proposition at Headingley.

“We want our players to be getting international recognition. We want our players to be representing their country and fulfilling their dreams and aspirations, so it’s a great opportunity for Jack and Lewis, and it creates an chance for other players in the squad. We have good depth this year and I’m looking forward to seeing our guys grasp this opportunity.

“There’s a lot of growth still left in this side but we’re developing a ruthlessness, and the confidence in the group is extremely high at the moment. We’ve found ourselves in precarious situations this season but the players have overcome them. That’s a reflection of the belief that the players have in each other as a group. It’s exciting for me that we’ve been able to wrestle back the momentum in tough situations.”

DID YOU KNOW?

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

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are traveling to the match you can find everything you need to know by visiting the Yorkshire CCC website

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