2022 Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Gloucestershire
Somerset take on Gloucestershire at the Cooper Associates County Ground in the Vitality Blast tomorrow (Friday June 17th).
Somerset are currently second in the South Group table with 10 points from seven games, whilst Gloucestershire are fourth with nine points from eight matches.
Play will get underway at 6:30pm.
Gates will open at 4:30pm.
Tickets for this match are sold out but you can still see the action with one of our special hospitality offerings!
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?
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
Somerset have faced Gloucestershire on 39 occasions in T20 cricket.
Somerset have won 16 of the matches, Gloucestershire have come out on top 14 times, seven games have been abandoned and there have been two no results.
Somerset’s highest total in the series is 250 for three at Taunton in 2006 and for Gloucestershire it is 227 for four at Bristol in the same year.
The highest individual innings for Somerset is 116 not out by Cameron White at Taunton in 2006 and for Gloucestershire it is 101 by Michael Klinger at Taunton in 2016.
The best bowling for Somerset is five for 24 by Lewis Gregory at Bristol in 2021 while for Gloucestershire it is four for 16 by Jack Taylor at Bristol in 2011.
The two sides met earlier this month in the competition at the Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol. The dramatic encounter saw Somerset come out on top by three wickets.
The match was reduced to 10 overs per side due to rain and Gloucestershire posted a total of 101 for five.
Chasing a revised target of 112 for victory, Somerset slipped to 55 for seven after six overs. However, a sensational innings from Roelof van der Merwe turned the tide of the match.
The Netherlands international blitzed his way to 48 from just 15 balls to see Somerset to an stunning victory with three balls to spare.
Somerset will be without Craig Overton and Josh Davey (concussion protocol) so Kasey Aldridge has been added to the squad.
Somerset have named the following 14: Tom Abell (c), Kasey Aldridge, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, Tom Lammonby, Rilee Rossouw, Peter Siddle, Will Smeed and Roelof van der Merwe.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of the match, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “We’re playing some really good cricket in the Blast this year and we’re all looking forward to taking on the local rivals at a sold out Cooper Associates County Ground.
“Gloucestershire are on a bit of a roll as well, so we’re expecting a very competitive game.
“It’ll be a packed house and the weather is set fair. It doesn’t get any better than that!”
Head Coach: Dale Benkenstein
Captain: Jack Taylor
2021 Performance: 6th in South Group
2021 Leading Run Scorer: Glenn Phillips (500)
2021 Leading Wicket Taker: Benny Howell (15)
Overseas players: Zafar Gohar (Pakistan), Marcus Harris (Australia), Naseem Shah (Pakistan – available until the end of the group stage), Glenn Phillips (New Zealand)
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
- Lewis Gregory needs 28 runs to reach 2000 career runs in T20 cricket.
- Roelof van der Merwe needs five more wickets to reach the 250 wicket mark in T20 cricket.
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.
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.
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
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.
Thatchers will once again be providing entertainment during the interval with prizes on offer for the winners of the Thatchers Apple Role.
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!
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.
After the match, Somerset players will be taking part in a signing session in front of the Ondaatje Stands.
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.
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.
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 Movember.
This charity was chosen by Ben Green.
Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men.
We are pleased to be able to announce that Bond Timber are our sponsor for this big local derby.
Bond Timber are a family business, that has grown from its agricultural roots to become one of the leading timber processors and suppliers in the South West, with its programme of investment in the latest technology, extensive training of its people and a commitment to customer service excellence.
They supply a wide range of timber and timber products, as well as carry out onsite preservative treatment, for both trade customers and the general public throughout the South West of England. The satisfaction of all of their customers is key to their business and they work hard to stand out from the competition. They achieve this by having friendly, knowledgeable staff that can provide the service for both day to day requirements and also their huge range of specialist products.
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 email@example.com
Somerset’s next match is on Sunday (June 19th) when we travel to the Cloud County Ground to take on Essex Eagles in the Vitality Blast.
Tickets are still available for this match and can be purchased now!
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