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Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Gloucestershire

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome Gloucestershire to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast tomorrow (Sunday).

Play will get underway at 6:30pm.

This match is sold out!

E-tickets are required to gain entry to the match. Your Membership card alone will not grant you access.

All e-tickets have now been sent to Members and ticket buyers.

Please do not attempt to enter the ground if you do not have a valid e-ticket.

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 feed.

The game is also being broadcast live on Sky Sports.

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

HEAD TO HEAD

Somerset have faced Gloucestershire on 37 occasions in T20 cricket.

Somerset have won 14 of the matches, Gloucestershire have come out on top 14 times, seven games have been abandoned and there have been two no results.

Somerset’s highest total in the series is 250 for three at Taunton in 2006 and for Gloucestershire it is 227 for four at Bristol in the same year.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 116 not out by Cameron White at Taunton in 2006 and for Gloucestershire it is 101 by Michael Klinger at Taunton in 2016.

The best bowling for Somerset is five for 24 by Lewis Gregory at Bristol earlier this month while for Gloucestershire it is four for 16 by Jack Taylor at Bristol in 2011.

The last time that the two sides met in this competition was on July 1st this year when Somerset won by eight wickets at the Bristol County Ground.

Somerset won the toss and elected to field.

Despite 52 from Benny Howell, the visiting bowlers limited the hosts to 161 for seven from their 20 overs. Lewis Gregory was the pick of the bowlers, claiming five for 24.

Somerset opener Devon Conway made 81 not out from 65 balls as Somerset reached their required total for the loss of just two wickets with four balls to spare.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset will once again be without Tom Banton and Lewis Gregory (international duty) plus Tom Abell (hamstring). Craig Overton will captain the side.

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Craig Overton, Jack Brooks, Devon Conway, Steve Davies, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Jack Leach, Will Smeed, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

On the eve of the match, Jason Kerr said: “Now that we have secured a quarter-final place, the pressure is off a little bit. Given how we started the competition, the lads deserve a lot of credit for getting to the knock-out stages. They can play with a bit of freedom tomorrow, and it it would be incredibly important for the Club to secure a home quarter-final with a win against Gloucestershire.

“We won at Gloucestershire for the first time in a long time, and the guys will take a lot of confidence from that. Our performance against Glamorgan last night was as good as I’ve seen us as a collective for a long time, and we’re in a really good place as we head into this game.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you have been successful in obtaining tickets for the match, please refer to the FAQ page below for everything that you need to know:

FAQs

ENTRANCE TIMES AND GATES

Gates will open at 4:30pm.

We request that you enter the Cooper Associates County Ground as follows:

Jack White Gates (St James Street) for the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion, Gimblett’s Hill and the Ondaatje Stand.

Sir Vivian Richards Gates (Priory Bridge Road) for The Lord Botham Stand, Colin Atkinson Pavilion and the Priory Bridge Temporary Stand.

Brain Rose Gates (Brewhouse) for the Somerset Stand and the River Stand.

WE’VE MISSED YOU

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

WI-FI

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.

THE OPPOSITION

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Coach: Ian Harvey (interim)

Captain: Jack Taylor

Last Year’s Performance: Semi-finalists

2020 Leading Runscorer: Ian Cockbain (399 @ 44.33)

2020 Leading Wicket Taker: David Payne (16 @ 18.68)

Overseas players: Dan Worrall (Australia), Glenn Phillips (New Zealand) – both all tournament

Key man: Ian Cockbain – Possess incredible ball-striking ability and is a player that has real fear-factor for opposition attacks.

Flies under the radar: Chris Dent – cast as a red-ball specialist, he returned to the T20 side last summer after a four-year absence and made 371 runs at 33.72

Best Player Under 24: Tom Lace – Very highly-rated batsman who joined from Middlesex. Yet to play a T20 match but talent will no doubt transfer to the shortest format

Blast expectations: Gloucestershire will expect another strong campaign having become one of the most consistent T20 sides of the past few years. Four times in the last five seasons they have qualified for the quarter-finals and in 2020 finally overcame their knockout hoodoo by destroying Northamptonshire and earning a place at Finals Day for the first time since 2007.

It wasn’t the return to Edgbaston they envisaged, losing a crucial toss and being comfortably beaten by Surrey, and no doubt there will be a feeling of unfinished business to prove they belong on county cricket’s grandest stage.

A strong start to the LV= Insurance County Championship suggests a squad full of confidence and the addition of New Zealander Glenn Phillips adds quality that could help them return to Finals Day.

BE A WINNER

In conjunction with our partners Trade Nation, we are back for more epic giveaways during the 2021 Vitality Blast!

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

#TRADEINTRADEOUT

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 5 INCREDIBLE PRIZES!

• iPad Air
• Bose Headphones
• £250 of Thatchers cider direct to your door
• £100 Deliveroo voucher
• £150 of Somerset CCC shop vouchers

ENTER COMPETITION

The winner will be announced live on our Facebook page during the interval, so tune in and have your phone close at hand!

Entrants must be 18+

Photo competition

Our photo competition could see you win a Somerset Vitality Blast shirt or £150 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!

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