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County Championship Preview: Somerset v Lancashire

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome Lancashire to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the latest round of LV= Insurance County Championship fixtures.

Play will get underway at 10:30am tomorrow (Sunday).

Tickets for this match are still available and can be purchased via the link below.

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HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?

You can keep up to date using our dedicated Match Centre via this website and on our Twitter feed.

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

The match is being broadcast live on Sky Sports, with a free feed of the coverage also available to view via our Match Centre, YouTube Channel and Facebook feed.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have met 161 times in First Class cricket. Somerset have won 26 of the matches, Lancashire have won 81 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.

The last time the two sides met in First Class cricket was at the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2018. It was a dramatic encounter that ended in a tie.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the visitors were all out for 99. Jack Leach was the destroyer in chief , claiming five for 28.

In reply, 64 not out from Lewis Gregory helped Somerset to 192 all out.

Leach was again the scourge of the visiting batsmen, and his seven for 74 helped to restrict Lancashire to 170 all out in their second innings.

Keshav Maharaj claimed seven wickets in the Somerset second innings as the hosts were dismissed for 77 and the game ended is a dramatic tie.

TEAM NEWS

Following the cancellation of the Test match, both Craig Overton and Jack Leach have been added to the Somerset squad, whilst Lewis Gregory and Lewis Goldsworthy also return.

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad for the match: Tom Abell, Azhar Ali, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Jack Leach, Craig Overton and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Jason Kerr said: “There’s a lot of hurt and frustration in the dressing room after the last two games, and we know that we need to right a few wrongs. Lancashire are a strong side and we know that we need to put in a significantly better performance than we have done in the last two weeks.

“We are very aware of the expectations that we’ve set over the last few years. We have standards and we want to get back to those as quickly as possible. What’s happened has happened. We can’t change that and we know that we have to win the next two games as comprehensively as possible.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are attending this match, please refer to the link below for everything that you need to know:

VISITING THE GROUND

Please note that there are currently major roadworks on the A38, and visitors are encouraged to bear this in mind when planning their journey.

ENTRANCE TIMES AND GATES

Gates will open at 9:30am.

Where possible, we request that you enter the Cooper Associates County Ground as follows:

Jack White Gates (St James Street) for the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion, Gimblett’s Hill and the Ondaatje Stand.

Sir Vivian Richards Gates (Priory Bridge Road) for the Lord Botham Stand and the Colin Atkinson Pavilion.

Brain Rose Gates (Brewhouse) for the Somerset Stand and the River Stand.

WI-FI

Don’t forget that our ground-wide Wi-Fi network is fully operational.

The Wi-Fi is completely free of charge and to connect all you have to do is select the option: “_WeAreSomerset” in your settings and enter a valid email address.

You can also update your preferences or unsubscribe at any time.

With the new Wi-Fi you can browse the internet around the Cooper Associates County Ground. This means, for example, that our matchday live stream can be accessed without using your data, meaning instant replays of all the action on the field are available at no extra cost to you.

GOVERNANCE MEMBERS’ FORUM

 In order to keep Members informed and to answer any questions that you may have, Somerset County Cricket Club will be holding a specific Governance Members Forum after play on day one (Sunday).  

This will be held in the County Room, Colin Atkinson Pavilion, twenty minutes after the close of play.

In attendance will be SCCC CEO Gordon Hollins, SCCC Vice Chair Richard Brice, Chair of the Governance Review Group Chris Bishop, and SCCC Operations Director Sarah Trunks.

Questions should be submitted in advance by emailing governance@somersetcountycc.co.uk.

Please note: the forum will also be filmed for those who are unable to attend in person. If you wish to receive a link to watch the recording after the event, please also contact us using the above details.

PARTNER COUNTY DAY

To celebrate the outstanding work that our Partner Counties do throughout the year to promote the game across the region, clubs in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset have been invited to apply for complimentary tickets for day one of this fixture.

BOOK SIGNINGS

On day two (Monday), Anthony Gibson will be signing copies of his new book: “Westcountry Man – A Life in Farming, Countryside, Cricket and Cider”, in the SCCC shop during the lunch interval. The book will also be available for the special discounted price of £15.

 

On day three, Vic Marks will be signing copies of his new book; “Late Cuts: Musings on Cricket”, in the SCCC shop during the lunch interval.

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