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LV= Insurance County Championship Preview: Somerset v Surrey

THE MATCH

Somerset welcome Surrey to the Cooper Associates County Ground this week in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

The match is due to get underway at 11am tomorrow (Thursday May 13th).

Somerset are currently second in the Group Two table with 82 points from five matches, whilst Surrey are fourth with 59 points from the same number of matches.

Please note that this match will be played behind closed doors.

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HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have faced each other on 179 occasions in First Class cricket. Somerset have won on 34 occasions, Surrey have come out on top 80 times whilst 63 games have been drawn and two games have been abandoned.

The highest team total in the series for Somerset is 688 for eight declared at Guildford in 2006, while for Surrey it is 811 at the Oval in 1899.

The highest individual innings for Somerset is the 342 that was scored by Justin Langer at Guildford in 2006, while for Surrey it is 357* by Bobby Abel at the Oval in 1899.

The best bowling for Somerset is 10 for 49 by EJ Tyler at Taunton in 1895, while for Surrey it is 10 for 43 by Tom Rushby at Taunton in 1921.

The last time the two sides met in First Class cricket was at Guildford in 2019 when Somerset triumphed by 102 runs.

Somerset won the toss and elected to bat.

An impressive century from George Bartlett (137) helped Somerset to a first innings total of 344 all out. Morne Morkel was the pick of the bowlers with four for 64.

Craig and Jamie Overton then impressed with the ball for the visitors as Surrey were all out for 231. Craig claimed five for 38 whilst his twin brother took three for 46.

James Hildreth top scored in the Somerset second innings with 64 as Somerset were dismissed for 153. Matt Dunn was this time the pick of the home bowlers, claiming five for 43.

Surrey needed 267 for victory but Jack Brooks (five for 33) and Tim Groenewald (three for 29) ensured that the hosts fell well short of that target and were all out for 164.

TEAM NEWS

Steve Davies will be unavailable for this fixture due to having a minor operation. He is expected to be available for the next LV= Insurance County Championship match against Gloucestershire which begins on May 20th. Jack Leach is also being rested.

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

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the game, Jason said: “The guys were brilliant last week at Hampshire. Their effort and attitude were first class. They executed what we set out to do and got their rewards. That gives us a lot of confidence going into the game against Surrey because that was our most complete performance this year.

“Surrey are in good form at the moment and they’ve got internationals right through their side, but we’re playing really good cricket at the moment and it’s important that we focus on what we’re doing so that continues.

“We’ve made a couple of changes this week. Steve Davies needs to have a minor operation which will keep him out for between five to seven days. Hopefully he’ll be back in contention for the game against Gloucestershire next week because he’s been superb again this season. Tom Banton will take the gloves and it gives him the chance to get back into the team. He’ll be fulfilling a slightly different role and will obviously bat slightly lower down the order. That might just free him up a little bit. We know he’s a prodigious talent and this gives him another chance to showcase what he’s all about.

“We’ve taken the decision to give Leachy a break. We feel that it’s the right time to rest him because he’s coming off the back of an incredibly busy winter and he has a lot of cricket ahead of him with the possibility of going back into a bio-secure bubble environment this summer.

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match begins on Thursday May 20th when we travel to The Bristol County Ground to take on Gloucestershire in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

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