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2022 County Championship Preview: Somerset v Hampshire

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome Hampshire to the Cooper Associates County Ground for this LV= Insurance County Championship Division One match.

Play is due to begin at 11am tomorrow (Thursday May 19th).

BUY TICKETS

Somerset are currently sixth in the Division One table with 56 points from five games, whilst Hampshire are in third place with 81 points from the same number of fixtures.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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

Tickets are still available and can be purchased by clicking here.

Gates will open at 10am.

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.

Here is an easy to follow guide for those who wish to redeem their 2022 guest passes:

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.

A live stream broadcast will also 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 after the close.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have faced each other on 208 occasions in the County Championship. Somerset have won 52 of these matches, Hampshire have won 68 times, 85 games have been drawn and three matches have been abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 705 for nine declared at Taunton in 2003, while for Hampshire it is 672 for seven declared also at Taunton in 1899.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is the 292 that was scored by Lionel Palairet at the County Ground in Southampton in 1896, while for Hampshire it is 304 by Robert Poore at Taunton in 1899.

The best bowling for Somerset is nine for 62 by Bill Greswell at Weston-super-Mare in 1928, while for Hampshire it is nine for 40 by Kyle Abbott at the Ageas Bowl in 2019.

The last time the two sides met in the County Championship at Taunton was in June last year. The match ended in a draw.

The visitors won the toss and elected to field.

Somerset slipped to 26 for four, but a brilliant century from Lewis Gregory helped to ensure that his side posted a first innings total of 360 all out. Gregory shared a vital eighth wicket stand of 171 with Roelof van der Merwe (88), whilst Keith Barker claimed six for 72.

Josh Davey then claimed five for 78 as Hampshire were all out for 311.

Batting for a second time, George Bartlett (100), Tom Abell (98) and Steve Davies (82) took Somerset to 409 for seven when the declaration came.

Chasing 459 for the victory, Hampshire had reached 88 for two by the close of the final day. Somerset took 15 points from the game, whilst Hampshire claimed 14 points.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset are still without Sonny Baker (back).

The 13-man Somerset squad for this match is: Tom Abell (c), Tom Banton, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Goldsworthy, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Matt Renshaw and Peter Siddle.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “Confidence is currently incredibly high within the group off the back of two really good performances. We didn’t acquit ourselves as we would have liked at Hampshire at the start of the season. Our preparation was good but we went into that first game with a few challenges and setbacks and we didn’t perform to the standard that we have done over the last few years. Hampshire were the better side at the Ageas and we will be looking to rectify a few of the wrongs from there.

“I trust in our processes alongside the hard work and foundations that we’ve built over the last few seasons. We set high standards here and I enjoy the fact that we are expected to win every game. That’s a testament to the hard work that the guys have put in over the last few years.

“Hampshire have got a squad with world class players and a lot of international experience, but so have we. It will come down to who plays the best cricket over the four days.”

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Tom Abell is in line to make his 100th First Class appearance
  • Tom Banton requires nine runs to reach the 1000 First Class run milestone
  • Jack Brooks needs just two more victims to reach 500 First Class wickets
  • James Hildreth requires 15 runs to reach 18,000 First Class runs
  • Craig Overton is two wickets shy of the 400 First Class wicket milestone

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.

OUTFIELD ACCESS DURING INTERVALS

We are keen to provide this opportunity to spectators this season. Some parts of the outfield which were re-seeded earlier this year are not yet established enough to allow this without damage being caused. Our Head Grounds Person, Scott Hawkins, is reviewing this on a regular basis.

WPA

Our Principal County Championship Partner, WPA Health Insurance will be joining us at the Cooper Associates County Ground for this match.

Representatives from WPA will be visible around the ground during the match with information on the services that they can provide for you and also handing out some fun giveaways.

MEMBER FORUM

In order to keep Members up to date with everything that is happening at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Head of the Talent Pathway, Matt Drakeley will be answering questions put to them in the County Room 20 minutes after the completion of play on day two of this match.

Members of Somerset County Cricket Club are welcome to attend these sessions.

2022 Membership cards will be required to gain entry.

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next fixture is on Wednesday May 25th when we travel to The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury to take on Kent Spitfires in the Vitality Blast.

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