Pre-season Friendly Preview: Somerset v Essex Eagles


Somerset take on Essex Eagles at the Zayed Cricket Stadium tomorrow (Thursday) in a pre-season 50-over match that is due to get underway at 6am (GMT).


Where available, updates will be posted on our Twitter feed.

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


The two teams have met in List A cricket on 50 occasions. Somerset have won 21 times, Essex have come out on top 24 times, three matches have been abandoned, one match was tied and there was one no-result.

The teams first met in limited-overs cricket in July 1969 at Johnson Park, Yeovil in the 40-over Player’s County League.

After winning the toss and electing to field, Somerset dismissed Essex for 126 from 38.2 overs. Gregg Chappell was the pick of the Somerset bowlers, claiming three for 34 from 7.2 overs.

In reply Somerset reached the required total for the loss of eight wickets. Chappell was again to the fore and top scored with 36. It was left to Graham Burgess (26*) and Peter Robinson (24*) to take Somerset over the line.

Somerset’s last win over Essex in List A cricket came in the 2011 CB40 competition at Taunton.

Marcus Trescothick won the toss and elected to bat. Unfortunately for the former England opener, he sustained an ankle injury and had to retire hurt after scoring 10 runs.

A half century from Peter Trego, plus good knocks from James Hildreth (41) and Chris Jones (45*) saw the hosts post a total of 251 for five.

The Somerset bowlers never let the visitors settle and, despite a half century from Jaik Mickleburgh, Essex were all out for 211 after 35 overs. Steve Kirby, Alfonso Thomas, Arul Suppiah and Craig Meschede all took two wickets as the home side won by 40 runs.


Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad of 12 for the match:

Tom Abell, Tom Banton, Dom Bess, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Peter Trego and Paul van Meekeren.


Ahead of the match, Jason said: “There are always a few nerves around for the first pre-season games, but the way that the players approached the Worcestershire game was outstanding. We’ve hit the ground running and that’s great to see.

“Obviously we’ve got one eye on our first Championship match against Kent, so it’s important that we create a number of opportunities on this tour. Having said that, we also need to make sure that we give enough time on their feet to the guys who we think will feature against Kent.

“Jack Brooks and Tim Groenewald will be rested for the Essex match but Paul van Meekeren, who’s been outstanding in the nets, will get a run out and Lewis will come in to the all-rounder role. Dom Bess will also get an opportunity after missing out in the first game.”


Somerset’s next pre-season match takes place on Friday when we take on Warwickshire in a 50-over match at the same venue.

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