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County Championship Preview: Gloucestershire v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset make the short trip up the M5 to take on Gloucestershire at the Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol in the LV= Insurance County Championship First Division.

The match is scheduled to begin at 11am tomorrow (Thursday May 12th).

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Somerset are currently ninth in the table with 33 points from four matches, whilst Gloucestershire are eighth with 34 points from five games.

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In addition to this, a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted on this website.

This match will be live streamed via our Match Centre.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have met in the County Championship on 201 occasions. Somerset have won 57 of the matches, Gloucestershire have won 69 times, 72 matches have been drawn and three have been 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 last year. Despite Somerset’s dominance, poor weather ensured that the match ended in a draw.

Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to field.

A classy century from Tom Abell (132) and 57 from Lewis Gregory helped the visitors to a total of 300 for eight declared.

In reply, the hosts struggled to 27 for six, but the rain meant that the game ended in a draw.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following 13-man squad for this match: Tom Abell (c), Tom Banton, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Matt Renshaw, Peter Siddle and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “We’ll take a huge amount of confidence from the win over Warwickshire. That was almost the complete performance. Confidence is growing within the group and to play the way we did against the reigning champions was incredibly pleasing. We now need to take the learnings from that game and implement them in Bristol.

“We’ve prepared well this week and we’re all looking forward to making the trip up the road to Bristol. Gloucestershire are a competitive team and they the have a fighting streak throughout the side. They’re coming off the back of a tough game last week, and we need to take the confidence that we’ve built up into this match.

“Whenever we play against Gloucestershire, there’s always that extra bit of edge, regardless of the format. We get incredible support at the derby games, both home and away and I’m sure it will be no different this week. The important thing for us though is to concentrate on the cricket.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are traveling to the match you can find everything you need to know by visiting the official Gloucestershire website.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Tom Abell is in line to make his 99th First Class appearance
  • Tom Banton requires 27 runs to reach the 1000 First Class run milestone
  • Jack Brooks needs just two more victims to reach 500 First Class wickets
  • If Lewis Gregory scores 26 runs he will reach the 3000 run mark in First Class cricket
  • James Hildreth requires 62 runs to reach 18,000 First Class runs
  • Craig Overton is four wickets shy of the 400 First Class wicket milestone
  • If Matt Renshaw scores 22 runs he will have scored 5000 First Class runs

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match begins on Thursday May 19th when we take on Hampshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Division One of the LV= Insurance County Championship.

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