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NatWest T20 Blast Preview: Somerset v Surrey

THE MATCH

Somerset are in NatWest T20 Blast action again tomorrow (Sunday) when we host Surrey at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

This match is now completely SOLD OUT!

Gates open at 11:45am with play due to get underway at 2.30pm.

Somerset are currently fifth in the table with ten points whilst their opponents are sixth, boasting an identical record but a slightly weaker net run rate.

HOW CAN I STAY UP TO DATE?

You can follow the match via the Match Centre section of this website and live updates will be posted on our Twitter page.

In addition a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have played against each other on 10 occasions since T20 was first introduced in 2003. Somerset have won twice while Surrey have been successful in eight, while two have been abandoned.

It was honours even in the two NatWest T20 Blast games that they played against each other in 2016. Somerset won by six wickets with four balls to spare when the two sides met in Taunton on June 10th, thanks to an unbeaten 86 from Johann Myburgh. In the return match at the Oval it was Surrey who triumphed by 15 runs.

Somerset played their opening match in their 2017 NatWest Blast campaign at the Oval on Sunday July 9th when it was Surrey who won by four runs.

After being put into bat the hosts posted 181 for seven off their 20 overs, of which Aaron Finch contributed 61 which came off 42 balls with seven fours and three sixes, while Sam Curran hit 39 off 25. Roelof van der Merwe was the pick of the Somerset bowlers claiming three for 27 off his four overs.

When Somerset replied they got off to a poor start and found themselves 49 for six before Corey Anderson on his debut for Somerset blasted 81 runs off 60 balls which included three fours and an amazing seven sixes. However despite Anderson’s heroics Somerset ended on 177 for nine.

TEAM NEWS

Somerset have named an unchanged squad from the game at Bristol last night.

That squad is as follows: Steve Davies (wk), Lewis Gregory, Jim Allenby (c), Johann Myburgh, James Hildreth, Peter Trego, Tom Abell, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Dom Bess, Michael Leask, Tim Groenewald, Paul van Meekeren and Max Waller.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game captain Jim Allenby said: “I thought we came back very well in the second half of our game at Bristol so we will go into our game against on Sunday with a bit of momentum.

“Surrey are packed full of world-class players but our record at home gives us a lot of confidence. Our game plan is still strong and we are not going to throw it out of the window because we got it wrong once with the bat.

“We are certainly doing well in the competition in mid table and if we win this then we will have played the same number of games as those above us and probably back into the top four.

“This is a huge game because if we win it means that we obviously prevent Surrey from picking up points also. We know that we have just got to hang on in the competition because we have got four massive games left, three of which are at home. If we win three then we will definitely qualify, and if we win two and get a wash out, the way it’s going I think that we will qualify too.”

Jim added: “Its all about picking up those five points that we need to qualify from here on in, and two of them tomorrow against Surrey tomorrow will be fantastic.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

All the information that you need can be found in our comprehensive match-day information page.

This covers everything from planning your journey to where you eat when you get here.

FOOD & DRINK

There are a number of outlets where you can purchase food and drink on match day and these are as follows:

Food is available from:

  • The Stragglers Coffee House (take away burgers & hot dogs)
  • Fish & chip shop (Ian Botham Stand)
  • Ice cream parlour (Somerset Stand)
  • Rooftop concession unit (Somerset Pavilion)
  • St James Street car park (Coffee, sweets & doughnuts)
  • Priory Bridge Road car park – Fish & Chips, Burger Unit, Pieminister and Pizza Dragon

The following bars will also be open:

  • Stragglers
  • County Room (Members Only)
  • Ian Botham Stand
  • 12th Man bar
  • Somerset Stand Bar
  • Thatchers Rig – Priory Bridge Road car park
  • Tribute Rig – St James Street car park
  • Somerset Stand Cans Bar
  • Somerset Pavilion Cans Bar
  • Pimms Bar – Priory Bridge Road car park

NEXT MATCH

Somerset’s next match at the Cooper Associates County Ground is on Monday as we return to Specsavers County Championship cricket, also taking on Surrey starting at 11am.

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