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Specsavers County Championship Preview: Surrey v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset return to Specsavers Division One Championship action on Monday when they travel to Guildford to take on reigning champions Surrey.

Currently Somerset are second in the table with three wins and a draw from their four games from which they have taken 74 points, while Surrey are sixth with 39 points from the same number of games, three of which have been drawn and one lost.

The match is due to start at 11am.

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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 met each other 172 times in the County Championship, of which Somerset have won 33, Surrey 76, while 63 have been drawn.

Somerset’s highest total in the match-up is 688 for 8 declared at Guildford in 2006, while for Surrey it is 811 at the Oval in 1899. The lowest score by Somerset is 55 at Weston-super-Mare in 1955 and for Surrey it is 35 at the Oval in 1937.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 342 by Justin Langer at Guildford in 2006, while for Surrey it is 357 not out by Bobby Abell at the Oval in 1899.

The best bowling for Somerset is 10/49 by Teddy Tyler at Taunton in 1895 and for Surrey it is 10/ 43 by Tom Rushby in 1921 also at Taunton.

In the match between the two sides in June 2018 at Guildford it was Surrey who ran out the winners by an innings and 69 runs, while the return game was abandoned as a draw after wind blew off the covers overnight and there was no play on the final day.

The match between the two sides at Taunton earlier this season ended in a draw. After choosing to bat first Surrey were all out for 380 Lewis Gregory taking three for 52 and Jack Leach three for 85, in reply to which Somerset were all out for 398, Gregory making an unbeaten 129, James Hildreth 98, Azhar Ali 60 and Steve Davies 58.

Batting for a second time Surrey made 255 for 8, Leach claiming three for 70, while there were two wickets each for Craig Overton and Gregory.

TEAM NEWS

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad for the match tomorrow:

Tom Abell (c), Marcus Trescothick, Azhar Ali, Tom Banton, Jack Brooks, Tim Groenewald, Tom Lammonby, George Bartlett, Steve Davies, Jack Leach, Jamie Overton, Craig Overton, James Hildreth

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Looking ahead to the match skipper Tom Abell said: “This is obviously a massive game for us, and although we are still on a bit of a high after last weekend we have got to park that now and prepare ourselves for Surrey, who are reigning champions.

“This is a real test of where we are at. We need to make sure that we adapt to the red ball which is a completely different challenge. Our form in the Championship has been really good since the start of the season and we are sat in a pretty good position. We are going into the game full of confidence and on the back of winning a trophy makes us hungry for more.

“We had a really good positive draw with Surrey when we played them at Taunton a couple of weeks ago, since when we have beaten Warwickshire, so we have had momentum throughout this competition which is a massive thing because it breeds confidence when you are playing well.

Regarding having Jamie Overton back from loan Tom said: “Its great to have Jamie back. He has been outstanding in the Royal London One-Day Cup for us and was deservedly Man of the Match in the final which was great, which will be a big boost for his confidence.

“Jamie has had a couple of games with Northamptonshire which has got some overs under his belt and now I am just looking forward to have him back in the fold. He brings a huge amount to us as a team and there is nobody else in the country who can bowl like he can, so he is a match winner for us for sure.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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