NATWEST T20 BLAST PREVIEW: ESSEX V SOMERSET
Somerset are in Nat West T20 action tomorrow (Thursday) when they travel to the CloudFM County Ground, Chelmsford to take on Essex under floodlights. The match will get underway at 7pm.
Somerset lost our opening match of the tournament against Surrey on Sunday whilst Essex have lost both their fixtures in the competition so far.
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The two sides have met on eight occasions since T20 cricket was introduced with Somerset winning five of the games, whilst Essex have triumphed in the other three.
The two sides met once last season and that was at the Cooper Associates County Ground on June 3rd when Somerset won by seven wickets.
After being put into bat first the visitors scored 178 for seven, which included contributions of 47 from Ryan ten Doeschate and 40 from Tom Westley, while there were two wickets each for Lewis Gregory and Jamie Overton.
Chris Gayle got the Somerset reply off to a flying start when he smashed 49 off 23 balls which included five fours and four sixes, after which Peter Trego hit 34 off 16.
Jim Allenby and Lewis Gregory both hit 37 as Somerset won with 13 balls to spare.
Johann Myburgh has recovered from a hand injury and returns to the squad but Corey Anderson is out after the back spasm that he picked up at Surrey got worse over the course of the week.
The Somerset squad for the match is: Jim Allenby (c), Johann Myburgh, Steve Davies (wk), James Hildreth, Peter Trego, Adam Hose, Tom Banton, Roelof van der Merwe, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Tim Groenewald and Max Waller.
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Ahead of the match Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “In a strange way, getting so close to a win at Surrey after such a slow start gives the guys a lot of confidence. We know that we’ve got some good firepower at the back end of the innings now and that’s potentially something that we’ve been missing in the last couple of years.
“Essex have lost both their matches so far so they will be looking to bounce back. We know it will be a tough game there. There’s always a really great atmosphere over there which can sometimes be quite intimidating. That can be a good way to spur you on though, if you can silence that crowd. The best way to silence the home supporters is to play well and come out on top.”
Somerset’s next match is on Saturday July 15th when we travel to SSE SWALEC to take on Glamorgan in the NatWest T20 Blast. The following day we travel to Uxbridge to take on Middlesex in the same competition.
The next game at the Cooper Associates County Ground is on Friday July 21st when Somerset entertain Gloucestershire in the NatWest T20 Blast. This match is a complete sell out. There are still tickets available for our remaining six home NatWest T20 Blast fixtures and these can be purchased by clicking hereBack to News