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Bob Willis Trophy Preview: Northamptonshire v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset travel to the Northampton this weekend to take on Northamptonshire in the Bob Willis Trophy.

The four-day match will get underway at 11am on Saturday August 8th.

Somerset are currently second in the Central Group with 21 points from our opening fixture whilst Northamptonshire are fourth with 10 points.

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 will be available courtesy of Northamptonshire CCC and this will appear on our match centre.

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 faced each other on 123 occasions in First Class cricket. Somerset have won 30 of these matches, Northampton have come out on top 36 times, 55 of the matches were drawn and two were abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 650 all out at Taunton in 2001, while for Northamptonshire it is 681 for five declared also at Taunton in 2003.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is the 284 that was scored by Marcus Trescothick at the County Ground in Northampton in 2007, while for Northants it is 331 not out by Michael Hussey at Taunton in 2003.

The best bowling for Somerset is eight for 41 by Brian Langford at Northampton in 1961, while for Northants it is eight for 28 by David Larter at Northampton in 1965.

The last time that the two sides met in First Class cricket was in Division One of the County Championship at Taunton in September 2014.

88 from Alex Barrow and 79 from Nick Compton helped Somerset post a first innings total of 314 all out after being put in by the visitors.

In reply, Ben Duckett’s unbeaten 144 helped his side to an impressive 448 for nine declared.

Johann Myburgh was the mainstay of the Somerset second innings as his 87 helped Somerset to 235 for six as the game ended in a draw.

TEAM NEWS

Tom Banton returns from international duty and Kasey Aldrige is included in the squad but George Bartlett has failed to recover from the concussion that he sustained in the opening fixture against Glamorgan. Lewis Gregory is back with the squad but picked up a niggle in training yesterday.

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad of 13 for the match: Tom Abell (c), Kasey Aldridge, Tom Banton, Jack Brooks, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “We respect every opposition that we play. As always, we’ll do our homework, prepare well, work on our skills and try to produce the form that we showed against Glamorgan.

“It’s a long time since we’ve played Northants in red-ball cricket and that makes this game even more exciting.

“They’ve got some very good players and as a collective they are very effective. They’ve certainly had success in recent years in white-ball cricket and they were promoted to Division One of the County Championship last year.

“They showed their class by making over 500 against Warwickshire and they bat deep. They will provide strong competition and we’ll have to be at our best.”

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Craig Overton currently has 299 First Class wickets to his name.
  • Tom Abell needs 23 runs to reach 4000 runs in his First Class career
  • Steven Davies registered 50 dismissals (47 catches, 3 stumpings) in the 2019 County Championship – only Ben Brown (53) & Ollie Robinson (54) had more dismissals among all wicket-keepers last season.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

You can find everything you need to know by visiting the Northamptonshire website.

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