Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Essex Eagles


Somerset welcome Essex Eagles to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast tomorrow (Wednesday).

Play will get underway at 6:30pm.

Only Members who have been successful in the Vitality Blast ballot will be permitted entry to the Cooper Associates County Ground for this match.


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

An enhanced live stream will be available for fans to watch via this website and our YouTube channel.

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


The two sides have faced each other on 11 occasions in T20 cricket. Somerset have won seven times, Essex have come out on top on four occasions and two matches have been abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 225 for two at Chelmsford in 2011, while for Essex it is 209 for five at Bath in 2011.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is the 108 not out by Marcus Trescothick at Chelmsford in 2011, while for Essex it is 105 by Ravi Bopara at Chelmsford in 2010.

The best bowling for Somerset is five for 32 by Roelof van der Merwe at Chelmsford in 2019, while for Essex it is four for 22 by Timothy Phillips at Bath in 2011.

The last time that the two sides met in T20 cricket was in August 2019 at Chelmsford. Somerset won the match by 114 runs.

Tom Abell won the toss and elected to bat.

Babar Azam (56), Tom Abell (45), Eddie Byrom (44) and Tom Banton (39) saw Somerset post a total of 225 for six from their 20 overs. Ravi Bopara claimed three for 18 for the hosts.

Five for 32 from Roelof van der Merwe plus three for 26 from Max Waller ensured that the hosts were all out for 111 from 12.5 overs.


Somerset will again be without England pair Jack Leach and Craig Overton.

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Lewis Gregory*, Tom Abell, Kasey Aldridge, Tom Banton+, Jack Brooks, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Marchant de Lange, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Will Smeed, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.


Ahead of the match, Jason said: “It’s always an exciting time of the year. The Second XI have already started their T20 campaign and we’ve seen some great performances from them. It’s also given the guys who haven’t been involved in red-ball cricket the match sharpness that you need. We’ve had a few really good practice sessions and we’ve learned some really valuable lessons from last year. We’re still growing as a side and Lewis and I are really optimistic about this campaign.

“We saw some immense performances from some young players last year. That will give them a lot of confidence, and if we can build on that we should have a good tournament.

“We talk a lot about how much talent there is in the squad. That now has to come down to performance. There’s a lot of excitement in the camp about the format. If we can capitalise on the learnings from last year, I think our T20 cricket will go from strength to strength.

“T20 revolves around fine margins and we’ve challenged the guys to be clearer in their thinking and bolder when it comes to making those decisions out in the middle. Young players need time because they are often inconsistent. We’ll keep backing them because of the potential they’ve got to win us games of cricket in the future.”


If you have been successful in the Member ballot and are attending the match, please refer to the FAQ page below for everything that you need to know:



If you have been successful in the ballot for this match, please can we request that you you enter the Cooper Associates County Ground via your designated gate at your designated time. These are also printed on your match ticket.

Marcus Trescothick Pavilion Elevated Jack White (St James Street) Gate 16:00 – 16:30
Marcus Trescothick Pavilion Lower Tier Jack White (St James Street) Gate 18:00 – 18:30
Gimblett’s Hill Jack White (St James Street) Gate 17:00 – 17:30
Accessibility Area – Legend’s Square Brian Rose Gates 18:00 – 18:30
Somerset Stand Block 1 Brian Rose Gates 18:00 – 18:30
Somerset Stand Block 2 Brian Rose Gates 17:00 – 17:30
Somerset Stand Block 3 Brian Rose Gates 16:30 – 17:00
Somerset Stand Block 4 Brian Rose Gates 17:00 – 17:30
Somerset Stand Block 5 Brian Rose Gates 18:00 – 18:30
The River Stand Brian Rose Gates 16:30 – 17:00
Lord Ian Botham Stand Brian Rose Gates 15:30 – 16:00
Ondaatje Non-Alcohol Stand St James Street 16:30 – 17:00


With Members returning to the Cooper Associates County Ground, we wanted to let you know just how much we have missed you!


Don’t forget that our ground-wide Wi-Fi network is fully operational.

The Wi-Fi is completely free of charge and to connect all you have to do is select the option: “_WeAreSomerset” in your settings and enter a valid email address.

You can also update your preferences or unsubscribe at any time.

With the new Wi-Fi you can browse the internet around the Cooper Associates County Ground. This means, for example, that our matchday live stream can be accessed without using your data, meaning instant replays of all the action on the field are available at no extra cost to you.



Coach: Anthony McGrath

Captain: Simon Harmer

Last Year’s Performance: Fifth (South Group)

2020 Leading Runscorer: Ryan ten Doeschate (255 runs, 51 average)

2020 Leading Wicket Takers: Simon Harmer (10 wickets, 28.10 average), Matt Quinn (10 wickets, 21.30 average)

Overseas players: Simon Harmer (South Africa – whole tournament), Jimmy Neesham (New Zealand – Group Stage)

Key man: Ryan ten Doeschate – Only six players have played more T20 games than the 369 appearances totted up by the Dutch international. His middle-order runs come quickly and often stealthily.

Flies under the radar: Paul Walter – ‘Tall Paul’ hits a big ball, he once his six sixes in an over in club cricket, and his lanky left-arm seam isn’t a bundle of laughs to face either.

Best Player Under 24: Jack Plom – The Basildon-born fast bowler was a rare positive in 2020 with seven wickets coming fairly cheaply. He has genuine pace and has been impressing during second XI warm-ups.

Blast expectations: Essex have rolled with the boom and bust of T20 cricket in the past two seasons. In 2019 they lifted the Blast trophy for the first time, but a year later the Eagles could only manage two wins to finish with the fourth-lowest points tally in the country. From that victorious side, Cameron Delport, Ravi Bopara and, for the early stages, Dan Lawrence are lost from the batting line-up, while the bowling looks weaker with Adam Zampa, Mohammad Amir and Bopara’s absences.

Jimmy Neesham has arrived and the hope is he will be able to fill Bopara old brief – four overs of measly medium pace and explosive middle-order batting. His success could underpin Essex’s hopes of progressing to the quarter-finals. On paper, Essex look among the weaker sides in the South Group, but the same could have been said two years ago – and this is a county who just know how to win.


  • Tom Abell needs 26 runs to reach the 1000-run mark in T20 cricket
  • If Roelof van der Merwe takes a catch in this match it will be his 100th in T20 cricket


Somerset County Cricket Club and Trade Nation have partnered to offer incredible prizes for you to win during the T20 live streams!

We have 2 competitions running for each non-televised game, starting this Wednesday against Essex Eagles.


Our popular #TradeInTradeOut competition returns. The rules are simple!

Enter your details below and we could be giving you a call during the interval. You will be given the option of keeping a Somerset Vitality Blast shirt, or risk a trade to potentially win £250 cash!



Again returning this season is #StreamInStyle, our photo competition in which you could win a Somerset Vitality Blast shirt each match by sending your photos via social media. Let us know your setup, whether you are in the ground or watching from home, and we’ll pick a winner and display it on the live stream! Check out more details before each match on the Somerset Twitter account.

Thatchers Golden Seat

Thatchers Cider will be giving one lucky Member a case of Thatchers Gold in our Golden Seat competition. One lucky ticket holder will be selected at random during the first innings. You must be sitting in your allocated seat to have a chance to win!


Somerset’s next match is on Friday June 11th when we welcome Surrey to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast.

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