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VITALITY BLAST PREVIEW: FINALS DAY

THE MATCH

Somerset take on Sussex Sharks in the second semi-final of this years Vitality Blast tomorrow (Saturday) at Edgbaston. If Somerset win we will face either Worcestershire Rapids of Lancashire Lightning in the final.

The timings for Finals Day are as follows:

09:00 – Gates Open

11:00 – Semi Final 1 – Worcestershire Rapids vs Lancashire Lightning

14:05 – Mascot Race

14:30 – Semi Final 2 – Sussex Sharks vs Somerset

18:45 – Final Starts

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.

Vitality Blast Finals Day is also being shown live on Sky Sports Cricket with coverage starting at 10:30am.

In addition to this a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted here after the match.

HEAD TO HEAD

Since T20 cricket was first introduced to the domestic schedule in 2003 the two sides have met on 10 occasions. Somerset have won four matches, Sussex have triumphed on five occasions and one game ended in a no result.

Somerset’s highest innings total in the series is 177 for four at Taunton in 2011, while for Sussex it is 222 for three at Hove in 2016.

The highest individual score for Somerset is 87 not out by Marcus Trescothick at Taunton in 2011, and for Sussex it is 112 not out by Chris Nash at Hove in 2016.

The best bowling for Somerset is five for 31 by Dirk Nannes at Arundel in 2014 while for Sussex it is five for 18 by Ollie Rayner at Hove in 2011.

The last time the two sides met in this format was in August when Somerset triumphed by three wickets at the 1st Central County Ground, Hove.

Somerset Captain, Lewis Gregory won the toss and elected to field.

Both Sussex openers were removed for just five runs each but Laurie Evans smashed his way to 96 from 67 balls. However, the Somerset bowlers caused considerable trouble for the other Sussex batsmen and eventually the Sharks reached 169 for five from their 20 overs.

Somerset slipped to 58 for three but Tom Abell (30 from 21 balls) and Roelof van der Merwe (34 not out from 19 balls) ensured that Somerset reached the required total with three balls to spare.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset’s squad for Vitality Blast Finals Day is as follows: Tom Abell, Corey Anderson, Tom Banton, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory (c), James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Jerome Taylor, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of Finals Day Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “There will be four good sides on show on Saturday. All four will have won most of their games to get there, so all four will be feeling confident. Each team has got there relative strengths and we will be focusing on ours and looking to repeat what we did in the quarter-final.

“There are pros and cons to being in the second semi-final. A quick turn-around for the final can be challenging but the we do get to see the first game. That can be advantageous because we will get to see how the other teams adapt to the surface.

“Obviously our main focus has to be Sussex but we are more than well aware of what Worcestershire and Lancashire can do.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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