Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Surrey
Somerset take on Surrey at the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast tomorrow (Friday).
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.
HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?
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 19 times in T20 cricket. Somerset have won on five occasions, Surrey have won 10 times and four matches have been abandoned.
The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 207 for two at the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2019, while for Surrey it is 208 for one at the Oval in 2015.
The highest individual innings for Somerset is the 86 not out by Johann Myburgh at Taunton in 2016, while for Surrey it is 122 not out by Jason Roy at the Oval in 2015.
The best bowling for Somerset is four for 24 by Jamie Overton at the Cooper associates County Ground in 2018, while for Surrey it is four for 25 by Imran Tahir at the Oval in 2019.
The last time that the two sides met at the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast was in August 2019.
Somerset won the match by eight wickets.
After winning the toss, Somerset Captain, Tom Abell elected to bowl first.
Half centuries from Aaron Finch (72) and Sam Curran (53) helped the visitors to post a total of 203 for four. Max Waller was the pick of the bowlers, claiming two for 34.
Tom Banton (71 from 37 balls) and Babar Azam (43) got the Somerset chase off to a spectacular start whilst James Hildreth (31*) and Eddie Byrom (54* from 19 balls) saw the hosts over the line with eight balls to spare.
Somerset will again be without England pair Jack Leach and Craig Overton, whilst Roelof van der Merwe has a side strain. Lewis Goldsworthy has been added to the squad.
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, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Will Smeed and Max Waller.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of the match, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “The beauty of this competition is that you get the opportunity to bounce back very quickly. There were a number of positives that we can take from the defeat against Essex, but the reality is that we lost the game.
“Surrey are strong in all formats and they have a lot of international players, but we played a star-studded Surrey side here a couple of years ago and chased down over 200. The reality of T20 cricket is that one player can win the game. We saw that with Jimmy Neesham last night and we need to make sure that it’s one of our guys who puts us in that position against Surrey.
“We pride ourselves in the way that we play our cricket. It’s not often that we do lose games and the guys are hurting today. We go again on Friday and we have to go out there and deliver our skills.”
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
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:
ENTRANCE TIMES AND GATES
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|
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!
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: Vikram Solanki
Captain: Rory Burns
Last Year’s Performance: Runners-up
2020 Leading Runscorer: Laurie Evans (363 @ 45.37)
2020 Leading Wicket Taker: Dan Moriarty (17 @ 18.29)
Overseas players: Hashim Amla (South Africa – whole tournament), Sean Abbott (Australia – Group Stage)
Key man: Will Jacks – The talented 22-year-old had a standout Blast last year, hitting 309 runs at a strike rate of almost 150 and taking 13 wickets with his off spin at only 16 runs apiece and an impressive economy rate of 6.46.
Flies under the radar: Evans – Now 33, the former Warwickshire and Sussex batsman returned to his native Surrey last year and has quietly built a fine white-ball record, with 3,624 career T20 runs.
Best Player Under 24: Sam Curran and Ollie Pope – Difficult to choose between these two gifted homegrown cricketers, both already established Test players. Surrey fans will be especially keen to see Pope’s magical strokeplay throughout the competition if he doesn’t make England’s white-ball teams.
Blast expectations: Very high. Beaten by Nottinghamshire Outlaws in the floodlit final at a dew-soaked Edgbaston on October 4 last year, Surrey’s squad now looks even stronger – particularly in the early games when their England white-ball players Jason Roy, Reece Topley and the Curran brothers are available.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Tom Abell requires 22 runs to reach the 1000-run mark in T20 cricket
- Jack Brooks needs two wickets to reach the 50-wicket mark in T20 cricket
- Max Waller needs six wickets to become Somerset’s all time leading wicket taker in T20 cricket
BE A WINNER
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.
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 a host of fabulous prizes.
Again returning this season is #StreamInStyle, our photo competition in which you could 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!
Somerset’s next match is on Tuesday June 15th when we welcome Kent Spitfires to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast.
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