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Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Kent Spitfires

THE MATCH

Somerset are in Vitality Blast action tomorrow (Sunday) when we welcome Kent Spitfires to the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Tickets are still available for this match and can be purchased here.

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 page.

A live stream of this match will be available with synchronised BBC Commentary. The link for this will be posted shortly before play begins.

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

HEAD TO HEAD

Since 2003, when T20 was first introduced, the two sides have played against each other on 13 occasions. Somerset have won three times, Kent have won nine times and one match was abandoned.

Somerset’s highest score in the series is 224 for seven at Taunton in 2015, while for Kent it is 227 for four in the same match.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 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 return 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 Taunton in 2017.

In the match between the two sides at Canterbury at the end of July last year Somerset posted 197 for six after electing to bat first. Johann Myburgh top scored with 64 and Steve Davies scored 62.

Chasing a revised target due to a rain break, Kent reached 181 for three thanks to a half century from Northeast as the hosts won by seven wickets (D/L Method).

In the return match at Taunton on August 12th Somerset were dismissed for 149 in 18.5 overs. Sam Billings (56 not out) helped Kent reach 151 for four with 10 balls to spare.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset are still without Craig Overton (side) so Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the same squad that was selected for Friday’s win over Gloucestershire.

The Somerset squad is: Tom Abell, Corey Anderson, Dom Bess, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory (c), James Hildreth, Johann Myburgh, Jamie Overton, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe, Max Waller.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Looking ahead to the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “After Friday night’s match, confidence is really high. The guys played brilliantly and I was really pleased with the attitude in the first half and whilst there were boundaries, we kept on punching for the full 20 overs. We then batted superbly, so there is a lot of confidence going into Sunday.

“Kent have been a bit of a nemesis for us over the last few years and they play really good white ball cricket. We will be in early and have a chat about how we are going to prep and how we are going to approach the game. However, there is no reason why after Friday’s performance we cant get the same result on Sunday.

“We are going to run with the same squad at this stage as we still have a couple of injuries and there is only a day between the two games.  We will have the same 13 and have a look at the surface on Sunday morning.”

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.

Vitality Blast matches are included in Life Membership and existing Life Members may sit on Gimblett’s Hill.

WHAT TIME DO GATES OPEN?

Gates will open at 11:45am with play due to get underway 2:30pm.

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.

FOOD & DRINK

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 Stragglers Coffee House (take away)
  • Fish & chip shop (Ian Botham Stand)
  • Ice cream parlour (Somerset Stand)
  • Rooftop concession unit (Somerset Pavilion)
  • Ground floor concession unit (Somerset Pavilion)
  • St James Street car park – Grubs Up mobile food unit plus ice cream van
  • Priory Bridge Road car park – Pieminister, ice cream van plus mobile take away food unit
  • Legends Square – mobile take away food unit

The following bars will also be open:

  • Stragglers
  • County Room
  • Ian Botham Stand
  • 12th Man bar (cans only)
  • Somerset Stand Bar
  • Thatchers Rig – Priory Bridge Road car park
  • Tribute Rig – Priory Bridge Road car park
  • Somerset Stand Cans Bar
  • Pimms Bar – Priory Bridge Road car park

 

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:

THATCHERS CIDER will be carrying out taste testing for over 18s in the Priory Bridge Road side of the ground.

THE REAL SHAVING COMPANY will be giving away free samples on match days.

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.

KIDS ZONE. Our Kids Activation Zone will be set up in front of the Cricket Museum. 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.

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