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Bob Willis Trophy Preview: Worcestershire v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset travel to Blackfinch New Road, Worcester tomorrow (Sunday) for this top of the table clash in the Bob Willis Trophy against Worcestershire.

Somerset are currently top of the Central Group with 76 points from four matches whilst the hosts are second with 70 points from their four matches.

The four-day match will get underway at 10:30am on Sunday September 6th.

There are three groups in the Bob WIllis Trophy with the two group winners with the most points progressing to the five-day final.

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A live stream will be available courtesy of Worcestershire CCC, but will only be available to Somerset Members. This is a decision taken by Worcestershire CCC. All current Somerset Members should have received an email with details of joining, but please contact Worcestershire if any issues arise. Please do not contact Somerset County Cricket Club regarding this as live streaming coverage is the responsibility of the home team.

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 176 occasions in First Class cricket. Somerset have won on 57 occasions, Worcestershire have won 58 of these games, 60 of the matches have ended in a draw and one was abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 591 for nine declared at Worcester in 2011, while for Worcestershire it is 696 for eight declared at the same venue in 2005.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 257 not out by Len Braund at Worcester in 1913, while for Worcestershire it is 405 not out by Graeme Hick at Taunton in 1988.

The best bowling for Somerset is 10 for 76 by Jack White at New Road in 1921, while for Worcestershire it is nine for 45 by Percy Jackson at Dudley in 1935.

The last time that the two sides met in First Class cricket was in Division One of the County Championship at Blackfinch New Road, Worcester in 2018 when Somerset came out on top by 141 runs.

The home side won the toss and elected to field.

Steve Davies (72), Tom Abell (70) and James Hildreth (57) all made half centuries in Somerset’s first innings as the visitors made 337 all out.

Josh Davey and Jamie Overton then both claimed four wickets as the hosts were dismissed for 257.

Batting for a second time, Somerset made 362 for nine declared thanks to an excellent 125 from Azhar Ali and 71 from Marcus Trescothick.

Alex Milton made an unbeaten century for Worcestershire but another four wickets for Jamie Overton ensured that Somerset came away from the match with the win.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset Head Coach Jason Kerr has named the following squad:

Tom Abell
Lewis Gregory
Craig Overton
Dom Bess
Jack Leach
George Bartlett
Ben Green
Tom Lammonby
Josh Davey
Eddie Byrom
Steve Davies
Jack Brooks
Lewis Goldsworthy

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “We were excellent last time out in the Bob Willis Trophy against Gloucestershire and the guys have been brilliant throughout the competition. People are talking about how important this game is but we’re just concentrating on delivering our skills over the four days.

“You can get distracted by a lot of things that you can’t control and people talk about the ‘what ifs’, but to me they are irrelevant. We just need to perform like we have done so far this season, that’s what will give us the best opportunity of coming out on top.”

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Somerset were excellent overall – both the best seam & spin bowling unit last season. The seamers averaged 20.9 – the lowest of all teams. The spinners averaged 19.4 – again the lowest of all teams.
  • Josh Davey played six First-Class matches for Somerset in 2019 and picked up 22 wickets at an average of 15.5. Only Lewis Gregory has a lower average of all Somerset bowlers.
  • James Hildreth has been exceptionally consistent for Somerset in First-Class matches. Across his career, he averages 47.5 batting first compared to an average of 47.3 while batting second in the first innings..

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

You can find everything you need to know by visiting the Worcestershire CCC website

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