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Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Kent Spitfires

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome Kent Spitfires to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast today (Friday June 10th).

Play will get underway at 6:30pm.

Somerset are currently second in the South Group table with 10 points from six games, whilst Kent Spitfires are ninth with two points from seven matches.

Gates will open at 4:30pm.

There are a limited number of tickets still available for this fixture.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Ticket buyers can print and download their online tickets via their SCCC account.

All ticket or Membership collections will be from the Jack White Gates (St James Street).

The Club Enquiries Desk will be based in the Reception of the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion and not in the Andrew Caddick Pavilion on matchdays.

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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.

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.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have met 22 times in T20 cricket. Somerset have won on six occasions, Kent have won 13 times and three matches have been abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 226 for five at Canterbury in 2018, while for Kent it is 231 for five in the same match.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is the 151 not out by Chris Gayle at Taunton in 2015, while for Kent it is 114 by Sam Northeast in the same game.

The best bowling for Somerset is four for 15 by Kieron Pollard at Beckenham in 2010, while for Kent it is five for 11 by Adam Milne at the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2017.

The last time the two sides met in the Vitality Blast was last month when Somerset came away from the Spitfire Ground, Canterbury with a win by eight wickets.

Kent won the toss and batted first.

Despite 72 from 43 balls from Jack Leaning, the Somerset bowlers limited the hosts to 162 for six. Lewis Gregory was the pick of the attack, claiming three for 25.

Despite losing both openers, Rilee Rossouw (81 from 54 balls) and Tom Abell (48 from 29) shared a stand of 121 to ease the visitors to a comprehensive victory.

TEAM NEWS

Craig Overton is available for selection but Jack Leach is with England.

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Tom Abell (c), Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Rilee Rossouw, Peter Siddle, Will Smeed and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

On the morning of the game, Jason said: “What last night’s win in Bristol demonstrated was the amount of belief that’s in the side. At the half way stage of both innings we were struggling. We didn’t bowl well to start with and we were pretty reckless with the bat, but we bowled fantastically well at the conclusion of the Gloucestershire innings and what can you say about Roelof’s innings? His partnership with JD got s over the line. It demonstrates the depth of talent and the will to win that’s in the side. Hopefully, the result will give us good momentum as we go into tonight’s game with Kent.

“Kent are a strong white-ball side and they’ve been on the wrong end of a few results this season. They’re the current champions so we certainly won’t be underestimating them. We’ve had some well documented battles with them over the years and we had a good victory at their place recently, so hopefully we can build on that and keep our good run going.”

THE OPPOSITION

Kent Spitfires

Coach: Matt Walker

Captain: Sam Billings

2021 Performance: Winners

2021 Leading Run Scorer: Daniel Bell-Drummond (492)

2021 Leading Wicket Taker: Matthew Milnes (22)

Overseas players: Qais Ahmad (Afghanistan) and George Linde (South Africa)

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are coming to the match all the information that you need can be found in our comprehensive match-day information page.

This covers everything from planning your journey to where you eat when you get here.

BE A WINNER

Somerset County Cricket Club and our Official Vitality Blast Partner, Trade Nation are once again giving you the chance to win some incredible prizes during our T20 live streams!

We have two competitions running for each non-televised game, starting tomorrow against Essex Eagles.

#HowzatTradeNation

Our popular phone-in competition returns this summer as #HowzatTradeNation.

The theme of the prizes this year is “Celebrating the South West”

The rules are simple.

Simply enter your details into the online form below and we could be giving you a call during the interval.

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You simply have to answer the phone with the words “Howzat Trade Nation” and you will win one of the following prizes!!

– Boardmasters day ticket VIP experience for four people
– Thatcher’s Tour of Myrtle Farm for four people and four crates of your choice
– £300 Gray Nicholls shop voucher
– Hub Box £250 restaurant voucher
– £750 voucher for a stay at the incredible Carbis Bay Hotel in St Ives
– The Wave £250 surf voucher
– Somerset County Sports Club shop £250 voucher

#StreamInStyle

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 two winners per match and display them on the live stream! Check out more details before each match on the Somerset Twitter account.

Trane Nation will also be in the Fan Village handing out special giveaways.

Thatchers Golden Seat & Interval Apple Role

Thatchers Cider will be giving someone 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!

Thatchers will once again be providing entertainment during the interval with prizes on offer for the winners of the Thatchers Apple Role.

FAN VILLAGE

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 the return of our dedicated fan village at all of our home Vitality Blast fixtures this summer.

There will be a range of food and drink options plus live music!

BATFAST

Thanks to our partners at Trade Nation, we are delighted to be able to announce that we will be joined in our Fan Village by BatFast.

Suitable for anyone of any ability, the BatFast Cricket Simulator is a compelling and innovative way to spread the joy of cricket to the world. The built-in intelligence in BatFast’s software automates the playing experience for users delivering a significantly higher degree of personalisation and efficiency.

BatFast uses gamification, storytelling, immersive graphics, competitions and community to create experiences that encourage repeat use, higher lifetime values and very low cost of player acquisition.

SIGNING SESSION

After the match, Somerset players will be taking part in a signing session in front of the Ondaatje Stands.

GIMBLETT’S HILL

Construction work is currently taking place on Gimblett’s Hill in order to improve accessibility on matchdays, while retaining the history and character of one of the most popular parts of the Cooper Associates County Ground.

This area is therefore not available for use during this match.

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.

CHOSEN CHARITY

During each home Vitality Blast match in 2022, Trade Nation will be donating £50 for every six that is hit and £150 for every ball that is hit out of the ground!

At this match we will be raising money for the NSPCC

This charity has been chosen by Marchant de Lange.

Representatives from the NSPCC will be on site at the Cooper Associates County Ground on the day to raise awareness of the charity and the work that they do.

MATCH SPONSOR

We are pleased to be able to announce that RGB Building Supplies will be sponsoring this match.

Established in 1850 as a timber importing business, RGB Building Supplies originally operated as Rawle, Gammon & Baker, with a site at Rolle Quay in Barnstaple. They have since grown to become one of the leading independent builders’ merchants in the South West, operating out of 22 locations across the whole of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

From those humble beginnings they are now a large local employer, but their core values of providing quality materials, developing a loyal customer base and having staff with the knowledge and necessary technical assistance to help all customers have remained constant.

Matchday Sponsorship is an extremely cost-effective way to drive awareness of your business to our large and highly engaged fanbase.

It also gives you the chance to entertain your clients and reward your hardworking staff at an elite sporting event situated at the stunning Cooper Associates County Ground.

Drive your brand-awareness now!

To book your package, or for more information simply register your interest or email commercial@somersetcountycc.co.uk

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NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match begins on Sunday (June 12th) when we welcome Surrey to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

Tickets are still available for this match and can be purchased now!

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