NatWest T20 Blast Preview: Somerset v Sussex Sharks
Somerset are in NatWest T20 Blast action again tomorrow (Sunday) when we host Sussex Sharks 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 eight points whilst their opponents are eighth with six points.
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In addition a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted after the close.
HEAD TO HEAD
Somerset and Sussex have faced each other on eight occasions in T20 cricket. Sussex currently have the upper hand having won five matches to Somerset’s two. There has also been one no-result.
The sides have played each other once in each of the last two seasons with Sussex being victorious in both.
At Taunton in the opening match of the 2015 campaign Sussex won the toss and after batting first posted 175 for six from their 20 overs. Luke Wright was top scorer with 48 from 35 balls, while Jamie Overton took two for 33.
Jim Allenby led the Somerset response from the front and hit 79 off 56 balls to keep his side in the game, but when he was out with two balls left the game was lost as the hosts ended on 170 for eight.
In the 2016 match at Hove Sussex again chose to bat first and posted 222 for three thanks to a maiden century from Chris Nash who ended unbeaten on 112 off 64 balls plus 83 from Luke Wright.
Despite 59 from Roelof van der Merwe off 29 balls and 51 from debutant Mahela Jayawardene, Somerset were always chasing the game and were eventually bowled out for 174 in 19.4 overs.
Corey Anderson returns and Matt Maynard will pick his starting XI from the following squad: Steve Davies (wk), Lewis Gregory, Jim Allenby (c), Johann Myburgh, James Hildreth, Corey Anderson, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe, Michael Leask, Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Tim Groenewald, Max Waller, Tom Abell
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of Sunday’s match Somerset Captain Jim Allenby said: “It was set up to be a terrific game up at Kent, where I thought we did well, but then the ball got very wet and made our bowlers less effective and it got harder to bowl as their innings went on.
“We’ve played some pretty good cricket recently and we played five games without a loss, so there’s no need to panic. We’re still a good team, as we were the day before the Kent game.
“We’re improving and our batting has got so much better this year plus our bowling has been pretty good too.
“We know Sussex are a good side and have made some good additions this season, but I believe they have had a couple of injuries themselves. Hopefully this is a good time to play them and we can get back on a roll and string another few wins together like we did before the Kent game.”
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:
- 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
Somerset’s next match at the Cooper Associates County Ground is on Sunday August 6th when we take on Surrey in the NatWest T20 Blast. This match is SOLD OUT!Back to News