Pre-season Friendly Preview: Somerset v Worcestershire
Somerset take on Worcestershire at the Zayed Cricket Stadium tomorrow (Tuesday) in a pre-season 50-over match that is due to get underway at 6am (GMT).
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In addition to this a report on the day’s play, along with quotes, will be posted after the close.
HEAD TO HEAD
The last time the two sides met in 50-over cricket was in August 2016 when Somerset welcomed Worcestershire to the Cooper Associates County Ground in the quarter-final of the Royal London One-Day Cup.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat but were eventually dismissed for 210 from 42.5 overs. Moeen Ali top scored with 81 whilst Daryl Mitchell made 64.
Peter Trego was the pick of the Somerset bowlers, claiming three for 33 from eight overs. Josh Davey and Craig Overton both took two wickets, whilst there was also a wicket each for Roelof van der Merwe and Lewis Gregory.
Somerset openers Mahela Jayawardene and Jim Allenby put on 188 for the first wicket as Somerset eased past their opponents and in to the semi-finals.
The Sri Lankan batsman eventually made 117 not out as Somerset reached 214 for one to win by nine wickets from just 36.5 overs.
Head Coach, Jason Kerr has named the following squad of 12 for the match:
Tom Abell, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Jack Leach, Craig Overton and Roelof van der Merwe.
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Ahead of the match Jason Kerr said: “It’s been brilliant since we got here. I’ve been really pleased with everyone’s attitude and commitment towards our training.
“Practice has gone really well and the intensity is at the level that we want it to be. The players have transferred some of the skills that we’ve been working on over the winter on to the grass this week and that’s really exciting.
“We’re all looking forward to the game and can’t wait to play some competitive cricket.”
Assistant Coach, Greg Kennis said: “The boys have been really focused and we’re really pleased with how things have gone so far. The pitches were a bit sporty this morning, but I think that will have helped the batters to focus a little bit more. It meant that they couldn’t just throw their hands at it, they had to really concentrate on what they were trying to do.
“Everyone’s excited ahead of the game tomorrow and everyone’s feeling good.”
Somerset’s next pre-season match takes place on Thursday when we take on Essex in a 50-over match at the same venue.Back to News