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Abu Dhabi fixtures announced

Somerset County Cricket Club can now officially announce details of the pre-season fixtures that will take place during our time in Abu Dhabi.

Somerset will be playing five matches+ during that period, the details of which can be seen below:

  • Tuesday March 12th – 50 over match v Worcestershire (Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium)
  • Thursday March 14th – 50 over match v Essex (Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium)
  • Friday March 15th – 50 over match v Warwickshire (Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium)
  • Sunday March 17th – 50 over match v Combined XI (Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium)
  • Tuesday March 19th – three day match v Warwickshire (Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium)

Following the confirmation of these fixtures Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “It’s incredibly important to give the players some time out on the grass ahead of the summer. By playing against other First Class Counties we’ll be making sure that we are match-ready come the start of the new season.

“Last year we used the marquee in pre-season which was outstanding. It was perfect in terms of creating surfaces that you want to prepare on. However, the weather hindered us massively last year and that meant that we only had a day and a half of competitive cricket under our belts before going in to the season.”

“We need to be playing as much competitive cricket as we can in pre-season and the best way to guarantee that is to go abroad. Going in to the season you need that match intensity to gain that competitive edge. There’s no such thing as a friendly when we go out on to the pitch. Whether it be Worcestershire or Essex or Warwickshire our guys will be playing for pride and for their places.

“We wanted to maximise the amount of cricket that we’re going to play in Abu Dhabi, whilst also being able to incorporate recovery time. The three-day game at the end of the tour will be really important and not just because it will give the guys time on their feet. Looking ahead to the Kent game, we’ll be looking to make sure that the guys get as much time on the field in that competitive environment.”

See Somerset in Abu Dhabi

You could see Somerset in action in these matches by being part of the Official Supporters’ Tour.

In partnership with Sporta Tours, we are giving Somerset Members and supporters the chance to see the team in action in Abu Dhabi.

The Official Supporters’ tour is from March 14th to March 21st and will give you the chance to see the players in pre-season action as well as giving you the chance to experience cricket in the beautiful surroundings of Abu Dhabi.

There are three packages on offer which give you the opportunity to tailor your experience to best suit your needs.

Package 1: Bed & Breakfast without Flights

This package costs £1025* per person** and consists of:

  • Seven nights at the 5-Star Grand Hyatt Hotel, Abu Dhabi, on a B&B basis
  • Exclusive drinks function with the Somerset CCC Team
  • Group photograph with the SCCC team on the outfield
  • Prime shaded seats to watch all matches
  • Airport and match transfers in the UAE
  • Option to add excursions in your free time, eg. golf, sightseeing
  • Fully hosted by experienced Sporta representative

**Price based on Twin / Double – Sharing

Package 2: Bed & Breakfast with Flights

This package costs £1515* per person** and consists of:

  • Return Economy Flights from Heathrow
  • Seven nights at the 5-Star Grand Hyatt Hotel, Abu Dhabi, on a B&B basis
  • Exclusive drinks function with the Somerset CCC Team
  • Group photograph with the SCCC team on the outfield
  • Prime shaded seats to watch all matches
  • Airport and match transfers in the UAE
  • Option to add excursions in your free time, eg. golf, sightseeing
  • Fully hosted by experienced Sporta representative

**Price based on Twin / Double – Sharing

Package 3: Half Board with Flights

This package costs £1675* per person** and consists of:

  • Return Economy Flights from Heathrow
  • Seven nights at the 5-Star Grand Hyatt Hotel, Abu Dhabi, on a half board basis
  • Exclusive drinks function with the Somerset CCC Team
  • Group photograph with the SCCC team on the outfield
  • Prime shaded seats to watch all matches
  • Airport and match transfers in the UAE
  • Option to add excursions in your free time, eg. golf, sightseeing
  • Fully hosted by experienced Sporta representative

**Price based on Twin / Double – Sharing

For more information please call Sporta Tours on 0845 835 8535 or email info@sportagroup.com

*Subject to availability. Prices correct at the time of publication. Please be aware that flight prices may fluctuate.

+Fixtures subject to change.

If required, Sporta can also provide bespoke packages.

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