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2022 COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: SOMERSET V WARWICKSHIRE

THE MATCH

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

Play is due to begin at 11am tomorrow (Thursday April 28th).

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

If you have yet to receive your 2022 Membership pack, please notify the Club and we will ensure that you can gain access to the Cooper Associates County Ground via the St James Street Gate.

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 141 occasions in the County Championship. Somerset have won on 37 occasions, Warwickshire have won 41 of these games, 61 of the matches have ended in a draw and two games have been abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 672 for four at Taunton in 2009, while for Warwickshire it is 642 all out also at Taunton in 2011.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 322 by Viv Richards at Taunton in 1985, while for Warwickshire it is 230 not out by Rohan Kanhai at Edgbaston in 1973.

The best bowling for Somerset is nine for 58 by Jack White at Edgbaston in 1922, while for Warwickshire it is nine for 35 by Henry Howell at Taunton in 1924.

The last time that the two sides met in red-ball cricket at Taunton was in the County Championship in 2019 when Somerset came out on top by 49 runs.

Batting first, Somerset made 209 as Oliver Hanon-Dalby claimed five for 18.

However, the Somerset bowlers weren’t to be outdone and Craig Overton also took five wickets as the visitors were dismissed for just 135.

Batting for a second time, Somerset were all out for 164 as Liam Norwell took seven for 41.

Chasing 239 for victory, Warwickshire were dismissed for 189 as Lewis Gregory claimed four for 48.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset welcome back Lewis Gregory, but are still without Sonny Baker (back).

The 14-man Somerset squad for this match is: Tom Abell (c), Tom Banton, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Matt Renshaw, Peter Siddle and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “The bottom line is that we’ve had three results that haven’t gone our way, but there have been some positives. We played much better cricket at the Oval last week, and we were one ball away from a miraculous win over Essex the week before. Confidence within the group is still very good, practice has gone brilliantly this week and we’re looking forward to the game.

“It’s important to make sure that the guys are in a good place mentally. From a batting point of view, all of the batters have made a score. What we haven’t done is do it collectively. I don’t think we’re far away from playing a really good brand of cricket.

“Division One is strong this year, there’s no doubt about that. Warwickshire are the current champions and they’ll be buoyed by a good win last week. They’ll be coming here with a lot of confidence, but we will be concentrating on up-skilling what we’ve been doing and making sure that we deliver that process 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.

NHS CELEBRATION DAY

Somerset County Cricket Club will be celebrating the work of the NHS during our LV= Insurance County Championship match against Warwickshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground this week.

NHS staff from across the South West have been invited to attend all four days of this match for free.

Over 1200 NHS workers are expected to join us during the game, and representatives of the following NHS Trusts have already confirmed their attendance: South-West Ambulance Service, Taunton Musgrove, Yeovil Hospital, Bath RUH, Royal Devon & Exeter, Weston Super-Mare & Bristol Trust, University Hospital Plymouth, Cornwall CCG, Torbay & South Devon and Devon Partnership Trust.

A number of the Somerset players will also be warming up in a special limited edition NHS shirt, which was designed by 12-year-old Tom Clarke in 2020.

Somerset County Sports will also be offering a 10% discount on all 2022 replica kit to all members of the NHS for the duration of this match.

MEMBER FORUM

In order to keep Members up to date with everything that is happening at the Cooper Associates County Ground, CEO, Gordon Hollins will be answering questions put to him by Somerset Members throughout the year.

2022 Members are being invited to attend the first of these Question and Answer Sessions in the County Room 20 minutes after the completion of play on Friday April 29th.

Members of Somerset County Cricket Club are welcome to attend these sessions. 2022 Membership cards will be required to gain entry.

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.

LOVE MUSGROVE

The Love Musgrove charity will be the Official Match Sponsor.

Love Musgrove and Our Charity, the official charity of Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2022 with an Appeal to support projects right across the County.

To find out how you can donate and support and to see a full list of the projects being funded, head to www.lovemusgrove.org.uk

You can donate £10 today by texting SOMERSETNHS to 70085.

SOMERSET DAY

Somerset County Cricket Club are delighted to be supporting Somerset Day 2022. The event takes place on May 11th, and we have teamed up with the organisers of Somerset Day to help promote the occasion during this match.

Regarding Somerset Day, SCCC CEO Gordon Hollins said: “Somerset Day actively celebrates everything that is special about this great County, and that is something that we are always keen to give our backing to.

“We take great pride in supporting our local community and doing everything that we can to ensure that Somerset continues to be an attractive, vibrant and thriving place to live, work and visit.”

COUNTY ROOM

There is a large event being staged in the County Room on Saturday night. Therefore, our Catering Team will need to set the room up from 4pm on Saturday.

Please note that the County Room Bar will remain open for Members to use until the close of play.

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next fixture begins on Thursday May 12th when we take on Gloucestershire at the Seat Unique Stadium in Division One of the LV= Insurance County Championship.

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