County Championship Preview: Lancashire v Somerset
Somerset take on Lancashire at Southport in the LV= Insurance County Championship this week.
Play will get underway at 11am tomorrow (Monday July 11th).
Somerset are currently 9th in the table with 61 points from seven matches whilst the hosts are 3rd with 122 points from eight matches.
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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 162 times in First Class cricket. Somerset have won 26 of the matches, Lancashire have won 82 times, 53 matches have been drawn, one game was tied and three have been abandoned.
Somerset’s highest team score in the series is 565 at Taunton in 2000, while for the visitors it is 801 at the same venue back in 1895.
The highest individual innings for Somerset is 202 not out by Jack Meyer at Taunton in 1936, while for Lancashire it is 424 by Archie MacLaren at Taunton in 1895.
Somerset’s best bowling in the series is nine for 26 by Brian Langford at Weston-super-Mare in 1958, whilst for Lancashire it is nine for 31 by Harry Dean t Old Trafford in 1909.
Somerset are without Craig Overton (England Lions), Tom Abell, Tom Banton and Will Smeed (all England Lions) and Jack Leach (unavailable).
Matt Renshaw returns whilst Amar Verdi has joined on a short term loan and will be available for this fixture. Peter Siddle will captain the side.
Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following 13-man squad for this match: Peter Siddle (c), Kasey Aldridge, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Steve Davies, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, Tom Lammonby, Matt Renshaw, James Rew, Roelof van der Merwe and Amar Virdi.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of the match, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “The guys will have to adapt quickly to the change of format. It’s a long journey and we’re at an out ground, so there are a number of challenges for us to face, not least when it comes to selection. We’ve lost quite a few players but it creates a good opportunity for some of the players who have been waiting in the wings.
“It’s important to recognise that guys getting selected for international duty is a huge success and that’s what we aspire to do here at the Club. We have to see that as a positive rather than as a frustration.
“We are aware of the gravity of the situation we find ourselves in in Championship cricket and we will continue to do everything that we can to work our way up that table.”
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
If you are traveling to the match you can find everything you need to know by visiting the official Lancashire website
Somerset’s next match is on Saturday when we take on Hampshire in the Vitality Blast semi-final at Edgbaston.
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