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LV= Insurance County Championship Preview: Leicestershire v Somerset

THE MATCH

Somerset travel to the Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester to take on Leicestershire tomorrow (Thursday) in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

Somerset will be looking to get back to winning ways and are currently fourth in the Group Two table with 17 points. Leicestershire are fifth in the group with 15 points from their two matches.

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HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have met in First Class cricket on 101 occasions. Somerset have won 33 times, Leicestershire have won 28 times and 40 matches have ended in a draw.

The highest team total for Somerset is 675 for five declared at Taunton in 2007 whilst for Leicestershire it is 490 at Frome in 1937.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is 311 by Graeme Smith at Taunton in 2005, while for Leicestershire it is 217 not out by Willie Watson at Taunton in 1961.

The best bowling figures for Somerset is seven for 23 by Jason Kerr at Taunton in 1999. For Leicestershire it is Ewart Astill at Aylestone Road, Leicester in 1929.

The last time the two sides met in First Class cricket was at Taunton in 2007 when Somerset won the match by an innings and 259 runs.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat.

Steffan Jones claimed six for 61 from from 13.2 overs as the visitors were dismissed for just 168 in 41.2 overs. Andy Caddick also claimed three wickets.

Somerset openers Marcus Trescothick (182) and Neil Edwards (133) put on 233 for the first wicket, and there were also hundreds for James Hildreth (163) and Cameron White (114) as Somerset posted a massive total of 675 for five.

The Somerset bowlers then blew the visiting batsmen away for a second time as Leicestershire were all out for 248. Charl Willoughby was the pick of the bowlers, claiming five for 82.

TEAM NEWS

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

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “Obviously, we’re disappointed with the last result, but one thing this squad has done brilliantly over the last few years is bounce back against adversity. I’m looking forward to seeing how the guys respond this week.

“It’s important not to panic at this early stage of the season. We’ve had two games of cricket, which is four innings. We’ve won one game and lost one game. You don’t become a bad player overnight and the lads are disappointed. They now have the chance to put things right against Leicestershire.

“There’s an element of the unknown about the fixture because we’ve not played a red-ball game there for a while and we haven’t played against a lot of the guys who represent Leicestershire before. It’s important that we do our homework on them and go into the game with our eyes open.”

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match begins on Thursday April 29th when we welcome Middlesex to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

This match will be played behind closed doors.

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