Bob Willis Trophy Preview: Warwickshire v Somerset
After two comprehensive victories in our opening two Bob Willis Trophy fixtures, Somerset travel to Edgbaston this weekend to take on Warwickshire.
The four-day match will get underway at 11am on Saturday August 15th.
Somerset are currently top of the Central Group with 40 points from our opening two fixtures whilst Warwickshire are fourth with 18 points.
HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?
A live stream will be available courtesy of Warwickshire 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 140 occasions in First Class cricket. Somerset have won on 37 occasions, Warwickshire have won 40 of these games, 61 of the matches have ended in a draw and two were 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 First Class cricket was in Division One of the County Championship at Edgabaston last summer.
The home side won the toss, elected to bat and posted a total of 419 all out in their first innings. Robert Yates top scored with 141 whilst there were also important contributions from Will Rhodes (82) and Michael Burgess (52). Craig Overton and Jack Brooks both claimed three wickets for the visitors.
Somerset slipped to 44 for three before a sublime century from Steve Davies (109) and 52 not out from Dom Bess ensured that Somerset reached 308 all out.
Some excellent bowling from Tom Abell (four for 39) and Jamie Overton (three for 26) then ensured that the hosts were dismissed for just 146 in their second innings.
Chasing 258 for victory, the visitors were struggling at 49 for three but Babar Azam (40), Tom Banton (66) and George Bartlett (54 not out) got Somerset over the line. It was left to Bess to hit the winning runs as Somerset triumphed in dramatic style by five wickets.
Lewis Gregory has recovered from a niggle and returns to the Somerset squad. Unfortunately George Bartlett is still feeling the effects from concussion so has not been made available for the trip.
Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad of 13 for the match: Tom Abell (c), Tom Banton, Jack Brooks, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, 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: “The intention is obviously to go there and win the game. We go in to every game we play looking to get the right result. It’s important that we’ve got our skills in order and that our attitude is right.
“Warwickshire have quality in their side, there’s no doubt about that. It’s important that we respect our opposition rather than fear them. Cricket is a game of skill, and if we can keep on improving then I think we can be a real challenge for anybody.”
Craig Overton said: “We had two really good games against Warwickshire last year and I’m sure it’ll be the same again this year. We’re looking forward to another good challenge. Hopefully we can go up there, put in another good performance and come away with a good result.”
DID YOU KNOW?
- Somerset’s bowling attack averaged 21.3 runs per dismissal last season – the lowest of all the 18 teams
- Craig Overton took 45 wickets in 11 First-Class matches at an average of 18.9 for Somerset in 2019 – the lowest he’s averaged in a year since making his debut in 2012.
- Tom Abell currently sits on 3989 First Class runs in his career.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
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