Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Hampshire
Somerset welcome Hampshire to the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Friday) for our first home Vitality Blast fixture of 2019.
Somerset are currently fifth in the South Group after claiming two points from our opening two fixtures whilst Hampshire are seventh in the table with one point from their opening three matches.
Gates will open at 4:30pm with play due to get underway at 6:30pm.
HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?
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 on 17 occasions in T20 cricket. Somerset have won 10 times, Hampshire have triumphed on five occasions, one match was tied and one was abandoned.
Somerset’s highest total in the series is 220 for four at Taunton in 2010, while for Hampshire it is 216 for five in the same match.
The highest individual innings by a Somerset batsman is 85 not out by Chris Gayle at Taunton in 2015 and for Hampshire it is 85 by Tom Alsop at the Ageas Bowl in 2016.
The best bowling return for Somerset is five for 15 by Jerome Taylor at Taunton in 2018, and for Hampshire it is five for 17 by Liam Dawson at the Ageas Bowl in 2016.
Somerset came out on top in both fixtures between the two teams last year.
At Taunton Somerset posted 197 for seven from their 20 overs after being put into bat. James Hildreth made 57, while Chris Wood claimed five for 32. In reply, Hampshire reached 181 for nine. Liam Dawson hit 82 and James Vince 74, whilst Jerome Taylor claimed five for 15.
In the return fixture Hampshire posted 129 for eight after being put in. Chasing 130 to win, Johann Myburgh made an unbeaten 54 as Somerset reached their target for the loss of just four wickets with six balls to spare.
Vitality Blast Captain Lewis Gregory has returned to the squad after being released by England whilst Ollie Sale has also been called in to the 14-man party.
The Somerset squad is: Lewis Gregory (c), Tom Abell, Babar Azam, Tom Banton, James Hildreth, Tim Groenewald, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Ollie Sale, Jerome Taylor, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Looking ahead to the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “After the disappointment of Canterbury we’re looking forward to getting back home and playing in front of our own fans.
“We’re really excited about playing our first home game in the Vitality Blast this season, and we will be looking to bounce back to winning ways.
“This will be Babar’s first match here at Taunton for us. He’s an outstanding player and I’m sure that everyone is looking forward to seeing him play. He’s fitted in really well, so hopefully he can show everybody what he can do on Friday.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Somerset dominated the post-Powerplay overs in last season’s Vitality Blast. Once the field restrictions were lifted, Somerset scored at a remarkable 10.36 runs over for the last 14 overs of the innings – no one was quicker.
ABOUT THE OPPOSITION
Titles: 2 (2010,2012). Finals Days: 7.
Coach: Adi Birrell. The popular South African arrived at the Ageas Bowl in the winter and already has a runners-up medal to his name in the Royal London One-Day Cup. He has plenty of experience having led Ireland at the 2007 World Cup, along with stints with the Proteas and England Under 19s.
Captain: James Vince. Vince has been Hampshire’s T20 captain since 2013, skippering his county to Finals Day four times during his reign. Having been a member of England’s World Cup squad, he’ll be aiming to continue his successes this summer.
Overseas signing: Chris Morris (South Africa)
Hampshire are out for redemption and revenge. The county suffered their worst T20 campaign in over a decade when they managed just two wins last year. James Vince’s men are still hurting from their Royal London One-Day Cup final defeat to Somerset; but little is more dangerous than a wounded animal.
IS THIS MATCH INCLUDED IN MY MEMBERSHIP?
Vitality Blast matches are included in “T20 Membership” plus “Club & T20” Membership.
Vitality Blast matches are NOT included in “Club Membership”.
Somerset County Cricket Club operates an allocated seating policy for our Vitality Blast matches. “T20 Members” plus “Club & T20 Members” will find their seat number on the back of their Membership cards.
WHAT TIME DO GATES OPEN?
Gates will open at 4:30pm with play due to get underway 6:30pm.
WHICH GATE SHOULD I USE?
Members and ticket holders can enter the Cooper Associates County Ground via The Priory Bridge Road Gate, St James Street Gate and the Brian Rose Gate.
Hospitality guests are invited to use the VIP entry point at the St James Street Gate.
PLANNING YOUR JOURNEY
All the information that you need about getting to the Cooper Associates County Ground can be found by clicking here
WET WEATHER PLAN
If the cricket match is affected by the weather, please visit our Match Centre or Twitter page to view all the latest updates and the prospects of play. Please note that, whilst we will do our best to help spectators who are travelling to the match, it will be the umpires and not the Club who will make the decision as to whether play is possible.
If it has been deemed that a match has to be completely abandoned, please see the Club’s refund and exchange policy.
In a bid to improve the already outstanding matchday experience at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Somerset County Cricket Club are pleased to be able to announce that there will be a dedicated fan village at all of our home Vitality Blast fixtures in 2019.
The fan village will be situated in the St James Street side of the Ground and will feature a 24-metre marquee bar which will be serving draught Tribute, Thatchers Gold, Thatchers Haze and Carlsberg. There will also be a number of local ciders available as well as wide range of soft drinks and a Champagne bar. The marquee bar will also be trailing two-pint cups.
The Gin & Sin Company will be in attendance and there will also be a Pimm’s shed on site.
In addition to the bars, we have also teamed up with local street food companies in order to provide and exciting and varied range of food options.
These include: The Hot Sausage Company, Bearclaw Meats, Spudshack, Mint & Mustard, Super Juice, Silvan’s, Somerset Steak House and Pancake Pod.
As well as food and drink, there will also be a large artificial grassed area where you can relax in our Tribute and Thatchers deckchairs whilst enjoying live music from The Haus Band.
FOOD & DRINK
In addition to the Fan Vilage there are a number of outlets where you can purchase food and drink on match day and these are as follows:
Food is available from:
- The Great Catch Fish & Chip Shop (Ian Botham Stand)
- Granny Gothards Ice Cream Parlour (Somerset Stand)
- Rooftop concession unit (Somerset Pavilion)
- Ground floor concession unit (Somerset Pavilion)
- Legends Square – mobile take away food unit
The following bars will also be open:
- Stragglers Coffee House
- County Room
- Ian Botham Stand
- 12th Man Cans Bar (card only)
- Somerset Stand Bar
- Thatchers Rig – Priory Bridge Road car park (card only)
- The Hop & Bottle Rig – Priory Bridge Road car park
- Somerset Stand Cans Bar (card only)
MATCH DAY ACTIVITIES
Our team of volunteers will be on hand to distribute free Vitality Blast giveaways on match days whilst a number of our partners will be on site including:
SPAR are our Official Vitality Blast Partner and they will be situated in the SCCC gazebo in the Fan Village. They will be distributing matchday giveaways and you can also purchase a special SPAR cowboy hat for £2. The money from the sale of these hats will go to charity at the end of this season’s Vitality Blast. Make sure you visit them in the St James Street car park for more details. Keep your eyes peeled for our special SPAR player cut outs too!
THATCHERS CIDER will be carrying out the Golden Ticket competition again this year and there is a case of Thatchers Gold up for grabs! Thatchers will also be providing entertainment during the interval with various prizes on offer. Four lucky people will also be invited to enjoy the match from the Thatchers Best Seats In The House. Make sure you grab your Thatchers Bang Bang sticks from the SCCC gazebo in the Fan Village.
SOMERSET COUNTY SPORTS. Somerset County Sports will be open throughout the match and is located near the Somerset Cricket Museum. You can visit their website here to check out their wide range of cricket equipment and replica kit.
SCCC SHOP. The new SCCC shop will be open selling a number of SCCC branded leisurewear and gift items. The shop is situated behind the Ondaatje stands.
HARRIS FOWLER. After the match we will be running a Player of the Match vote via social media in association with Harris Fowler. For more information visit our Twitter feed.
KIDS ZONE. Our Kids Activation Zone will be set up in the St James Sreet side of the Ground. Make sure you visit the Somerset Cricket Board Coaches and try out your skills!
SIGNING SESSION. After the match Somerset players will be taking part in a signing session in front of the Priory Bridge Road Stand.
NUFFIELD HEALTH will be joining us for this match. Look out for their gazebo in the Fan Village for all sorts of information and giveaways.
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