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LV= Insurance County Championship Preview: Gloucestershire v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset travel to the Bristol County Ground for a top of the table clash against Gloucestershire in the LV= Insurance County Championship this week.

Somerset are currently second in the Group 2 table, four points behind Gloucestershire.

Play is scheduled to get underway at 11am tomorrow (Thursday May 20th).

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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 met in First Class cricket on 206 occasions. Somerset have won 58 of the matches, Gloucestershire have won 74 times, 71 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.

TEAM NEWS

Jack Leach, Craig Overton and Steve Davies are back in contention and Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr will name a starting XI from the following squad: Tom Abell*, George Bartlett, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies+, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Jack Leach, Craig Overton and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “First and foremost, it will be great to be playing in front of fans again. Hopefully a good number of Somerset Members and supporters will have got tickets. It’s so exciting. It’s just a shame that it’s not at Taunton. To be playing in front of spectators and the energy that they bring again will be fantastic. Hopefully this is just the start of better things ahead.

“Gloucestershire have played some really good cricket this year. They beat us here recently and we’re still hurting from that because that was the first home game that we’ve lost for a long time. We need to go there and play our best cricket. We’re a very process-driven side and we concentrate on executing our skills to the best of our abilities.

“A local derby is always a great game to play in and the fact that it’s a top of a table clash adds a little fuel to the fire.”

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match begins on Thursday June 3rd when we welcome Hampshire to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

RIVARLY UNLEASHED

August 11th 1879 saw the birth of something very special.

It was on that day at Clifton College that the first ever clash between Somerset and Gloucestershire began.

That day has lead to over 140 years and nearly 300 matches of intense sporting rivalry.

Some of the biggest names in the history of the game have starred for the two sides over the years with the likes of Botham, Richards, Trescothick, Gayle, Grace, Walsh and Muralitharan doing battle, but who will be making history this summer?

In 2021 the two bitter rivals will clash on no fewer than four occasions across 10 days and two formats to establish which county is the best in the West!

Make sure you witness all the action as over 140 years of rivalry is unleashed as the two teams battle it out to see who truly is the best in the West!

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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