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Bob Willis Trophy Preview: Somerset v Gloucestershire

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome Gloucestershire to the Cooper Associates County Ground this weekend in the Bob Willis Trophy. It has been 13 years since the last First-Class fixture between the two sides.

The four-day match will get underway at 11am on Saturday August 22nd.

Somerset are currently second in the Central Group of the competition with 56 points from our opening three fixtures whilst Gloucestershire are third with 34 points.

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HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have competed against each other 204 times in First Class Cricket.

Somerset have come out on top on 57 occasions, Gloucestershire have won 73 of the matches, 71 of the games have ended in a draw and three were abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 534 for six at Taunton in 1980, while for Gloucestershire it is 611 for nine declared also at Taunton in 2003.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 241 not out by Viv Richards at Bristol in 1977, while for Gloucestershire it is 288 by W.G. Grace at Bristol in 1895.

The best bowling for Somerset is nine for 46 by Jack White at Bristol in 1914, while for Gloucestershire it is 10 for 79 by Charlie Parker also at Bristol in 1921.

The last time that the two sides met in First Class cricket was at Bristol in Division Two of the County Championship in 2007.

After winning the toss, Alex Gidman elected to bat first. However, Andy Caddick claimed seven for 30 as the hosts were dismissed for just 121.

Despite losing Marcus Trescothick to the first ball of the innings, Somerset went on to post an impressive total of 410 for seven declared. Neil Edwards top scored with 85 and there were important contributions from Peter Trego (73*), Ian Blackwell (72) and Cameron White (65).

The Somerset bowlers were again in outstanding form in the home sides second innings.

Both Caddick and Charl Willoughby claimed five wickets to dismiss Gloucestershire for 138 as Somerset won the match by an innings and 151 runs.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset will be without Lewis Gregory and Tom Banton due to international commitments but George Bartlett returns to the squad following a concussion.

Lewis Goldsworthy is also included in the following 13-man squad that was named by Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr today:

Tom Abell (c), George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton and Roelof van der Merwe.

The Gloucestershire squad is: Ben Charlesworth, Chris Dent, Miles Hammond, George Hankins, Ryan Higgins, Tom Lace, David Payne, Gareth Roderick, George Scott, Josh Shaw, Tom Smith, Jack Taylor, Matt Taylor and Graeme van Buuren.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “The way we’ve been playing our cricket has been great and our attitude has been outstanding. If the weather holds then I anticipate a good game.

“Gloucester are a spirited unit and we saw glimpses of that during the pre-season friendly. They are well drilled and well organised but we’ll be concentrating on trying to improve on our performances so far.

“There’s always a little bit more hype around a local derby. We always want to beat Gloucester and I’m sure they want to beat us.

“I have a lot of respect for Richard Dawson. I think he’s an outstanding coach and I’d like to think that we learned a lot from each other this winter with the Lions. He’s got them well organised and well drilled and we have a great deal of respect for them. We just need to focus on what we need to do.”

DID YOU KNOW?

  • James Hildreth has scored 27 First-Class hundreds at the Cooper Associates County Ground – the most by any player at the venue.
  • Steve 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.

Andy Caddick and Jason Kerr images courtesy of Getty Images

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