LV= Insurance County Championship Preview: Somerset v Middlesex
Somerset welcome Middlesex to the Cooper Associates County Ground this week in the LV= Insurance County Championship.
This four-day match will get underway at 11am tomorrow (Thursday April 29th).
Somerset are currently third in Group 2 with 39 points from three matches whilst the visitors are one place and nine points behind.
Please note that this match will be played behind closed doors.
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In addition to this, a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted on this website.
Please note that the ECB along with all 18 First-Class Counties and the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the football community in taking part in a social media boycott from 15:00 BST on Friday April 30th to 23:59 BST on Monday May 3rd.
HEAD TO HEAD
The two sides have faced each other on 163 occasions in First Class cricket. Somerset have triumphed in 25 matches, Middlesex have won 85 times whilst 53 games have been drawn.
The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 850 for seven declared at Taunton in 2007, while for Middlesex it is 600 for four declared in the same match.
The highest individual innings for Somerset is the 315 that was scored by Justin Langer at Taunton in 2007, while for Middlesex it is 258 by Mike Gatting at Bath in 1984.
The best bowling for Somerset is nine for 38 by Raymond Robertson-Glasgow at Lord’s in 1924, while for Middlesex it is 10 for 42 by Albert Trott at Taunton in 1900.
The last time the two sides met in First Class cricket was earlier this month at Lord’s in the season opener. It was a match that Somerset won by four wickets.
Somerset won the toss and elected to field.
Sam Robson made 165 as the hosts posted a first innings total of 313 all out. Lewis Gregory was the pick of the bowlers, claiming five for 68.
Four for 46 from Tim Murtagh ensured that Somerset were all out for 172, despite 51 from Marchant de Lange.
Three wickets apiece from Craig Overton, Jack Leach and Josh Davey limited the hosts to 143 all out in their second innings meaning that Somerset needed 285 for victory.
Tom Abell (84), George Bartlett (76*) and Lewis Gregory (62*) then led Somerset to a memorable victory.
Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad: Tom Abell*, George Bartlett, Tom Banton, Jack Brooks, 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.
If selected, Jack Leach will make his 100th First Class appearance in this match.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of the match, Club Captain, Tom Abell said: “We’re all really pleased that we were able to bounce back in the way that we did against Leicestershire after a disappointing performance against Gloucestershire the week before. There were times last week when we were really under pressure but the guys were fantastic and we pulled through. It was another massive team effort, but it would be remiss of me not to give special mention to Craig Overton. He was phenomenal with the ball on a good batting surface.
“We’ve now won two of the first three games, so we’re in a decent position. Now we have to back that up by putting in a good performance against Middlesex. We had a really tight game against them a few weeks ago, but the win at Leicestershire has put us in a confident mood ahead of this match.
“I don’t think that we’ve been at our best by any stretch of the imagination, but we’ve still managed to win two out of our three matches. That’s room for optimism moving forward because there’s still plenty of growth for this team. Having said that, hopefully we can see the best of ourselves this week. We have to start well on Thursday. That’s the key for us.”
Somerset’s next match in the LV= Insurance County Championship begins on Thursday May 6th when we travel to the Ageas Bowl to take on Hampshire.Back to News