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Vitality Blast Preview: Hampshire Hawks v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset travel to the Ageas Bowl to take on Hampshire Hawks in the Vitality Blast tonight (Wednesday May 30th).

Play will get underway at 7pm.

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In addition to this, a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted on this website.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have faced each other 24 times in T20 cricket. Somerset have won on 13 of the matches, Hampshire have won seven times, one game was tied and three matches have been abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 220 for four at Taunton in 2010, while for Hampshire 216 for five in the same game.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 102 not out by Babar Azam at the Ageas Bowl in 2019, while for Hampshire it is 85 by Tom Alsop in 2009 at the same venue.

The best bowling for Somerset is five for 15 by Jerome Taylor at the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2018, while for Hampshire it is five for 17 by Liam Dawson at at the Ageas Bowl in 2016.

The last time the two sides met in T20 cricket was in last year’s Vitality Blast semi-final at Edgbaston. It was a game that Somerset won by two wickets.

Somerset won the toss and elected to bat.

Joe Weatherley top scored for the Hawks with 71 from 50 balls as Hampshire posted a total of 150 all out from their 20 overs. Josh Davey was the pick of the bowlers, claiming four for 34 from his four overs.

Somerset slumped to 34 for five, but Tom Abell (50 from 35 balls) and Ben Green (35 from 18) turned the tide of the match and it was left to Craig Overton and Josh Davey to see Somerset over the line with just two balls to spare.

TEAM NEWS

Jack Leach and Craig Overton are both still on international duty and the Club have named an unchanged squad for this fixture.

The 13-man squad is as follows: Tom Abell (c), Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, Tom Lammonby, Rilee Rossouw, Will Smeed and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the fixture, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “Two comprehensive wins against two very good sides is a great way to start the competition. We’ve been clinical with the ball and the bat so far. Winning like that breeds confidence.

“Hampshire are a very strong white-ball team, and of course they reached Finals Day last year. They’ve had a good record in the format over the last few years, but momentum is huge in sport. We’ve developed a huge bank of confidence in the last two games and we’re looking forward to tonight.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

For more information please visit the official Hampshire CCC website

THE OPPOSITION

HAMPSHIRE HAWKS

First Team Manager: Adrian Birrell

Captain: James Vince

2021 Performance: semi-finalist

2021 Leading Run Scorer: Joe Weatherley (410)

2021 Leading Wicket Taker: Scott Currie (19)

Overseas players: Ben McDermott, Nathan Ellis (both Australia), Kyle Abbott (South Africa)

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Lewis Gregory needs 47 runs to reach 2000 T20 career runs

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match is on Wednesday (June 1st) when we welcome Sussex Sharks to the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Play will get underway at 6:30pm.

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