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LV= Insurance County Championship Preview: Somerset v Leicestershire

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome Leicestershire to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

Play will get underway at 11am tomorrow (Sunday).

Tickets are still available for this match and can be purchased now. There is limited availability for days one and two.

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Somerset are currently top of the Group Two table with 119 points from eight matches, whilst Leicestershire are in fifth place with 93 points from the same amount of matches.

THE 2021 COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP EXPLAINED

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.

A live stream will be available for fans to watch via this website and our YouTube channel.

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 faced each other on 102 occasions in First Class cricket. Somerset have triumphed in 34 matches, Leicestershire have won 28 times, and 40 games have been drawn.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 675 for five declared at Taunton in 2007, while for Leicestershire it is 490 at the Agricultural Showground, Frome in 1937.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is the 325 that was scored by Graeme Smith at Taunton in 2005, while for Leicestershire it is 217 not out by Willie Watson at the same venue in 1961.

The best bowling for Somerset is seven for 23 at Taunton in 1999, while for Leicestershire it is eight for 23 by Ewart Astill at Aylestone Road in 1929.

The last time the two sides met in First Class cricket was in April of this year. Somerset won the match by nine wickets.

After electing to bat first, Leicestershire posted a first innings score of 233 all out. Lewis Hill top scored for the hosts with 68, whilst Craig Overton claimed three for 39.

Tom Abell (88), Steve Davies (59) and George Bartlett (48) saw Somerset post 318.

Overton claimed a further five wickets in Leicestershire’s second innings as the hosts were all out for 199.

70 from Tom Lammonby saw Somerset to the win for the loss of just one wicket.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset are still without Tom Banton (international duty) and Tom Abell (hamstring). Jack Leach is also unavailable due to undertaking a period of precautionary isolation but Roelof van der Merwe returns. Lewis Gregory is named in the squad after missing Friday night’s Vitality Blast win over Middlesex. Craig Overton will captain the side while Devon Conway is set to make his County Championship debut.

Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Craig Overton, Kasey Aldridge, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Eddie Byrom, Devon Conway, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Goldsworthy, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby and Roelof van der Merwe.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the match, Jason said: “We’ve played some phenomenal red-ball cricket this year and we can take a lot of confidence from that.

“There are no easy games in this year’s competition. We came out on top at Leicestershire earlier in the season, but there were periods of that game where they really exerted pressure on us. We managed to overcome that and we certainly won’t be taking anything for granted.

“We need to deliver our skills to the best of our ability and make it as difficult as possible for the opposition.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you have been successful in applying for entry to this match, please refer to the FAQ page below for everything that you need to know:

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ENTRANCE TIMES AND GATES

If you have been successful in getting the ballot for this match, please can we request that you you enter the Cooper Associates County Ground via your designated gate at your designated time. These are also printed on your match ticket.

Ondaatje Non-Alcohol Stand (Please note that there are no alcohol restrictions in this stand for this match)Jack White (St James Street) Gate10:30 – 11:00

Marcus Trescothick Pavilion Elevated Jack White (St James Street) Gate 10:00 – 10:30
Marcus Trescothick Pavilion Lower Tier Jack White (St James Street) Gate 10:30 – 11:00
Gimblett’s Hill Jack White (St James Street) Gate 10:00 – 10:30
Accessibility Area – Legend’s Square Brian Rose Gates 10:30 – 11:00
Somerset Stand Block 1 Brian Rose Gates 10:30 – 11:00
Somerset Stand Block 2 Brian Rose Gates 10:00 – 10:30
Somerset Stand Block 3 Brian Rose Gates 10:30 – 11:00
Somerset Stand Block 4 Brian Rose Gates 10:00 – 10:30
Somerset Stand Block 5 Brian Rose Gates 10:30 – 11:00
The River Stand Brian Rose Gates 10:00 – 10:30
Lord Ian Botham Stand Sir Viv Richards (Priory Bridge Road) Gates 10:00 – 10:30
Colin Atkinson Pavilion Lower & The Long Room Sir Viv Richards (Priory Bridge Road) Gates 10:30 – 11:00
Priory Bridge Road Stand Sir Viv Richards (Priory Bridge Road) Gates 10:00 – 10:30

WE’VE MISSED YOU

With Members now returning to the Cooper Associates County Ground, we wanted to let you know just how much we have missed you!

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.

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match is on Friday July 9th when we travel to the Ageas Bowl to take on Hampshire in the Vitality Blast.

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